Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ixia to Acquire Catapult for 3G/4G Tests

Ixia agreed to acquire Catapult Communications, a supplier of 3G and 4G network test solutions. Under the deal, Ixia will pay $9.25 per share in cash, valuating the transaction at approximately $105 million, or $63 million net of Catapult's cash and investments.


Catapult's test portfolio covers numerous protocols and frameworks, including LTE, IMS, WiMAX, CDMA, VoIP, GPRS and GSM.


Ixia said the acquisition will enable it to provide a single source solution for testing converged IP multiplay service over wireless or wireline networks.


"We're at an inflection point where today's advanced communications are quickly merging into a single, seamless delivery network that combines fixed and mobile communications," said Atul Bhatnagar, President and CEO of Ixia.
http://www.ixiacom.com
http://www.catapult.com

Brocade Unveils Application Delivery Controllers

Brocade introduced an application delivery controller (ADC) family designed for IP transport in both enterprise application delivery and service provider high-performance load-balancing environments. The platforms offer 70 Gbps of Layer 4 and Layer 7 application throughput as well as complete physical and logical isolation of application, data, and management planes.


Brocade said it designed the ServerIron ADX to deliver industry-leading transaction rate and concurrent session capacity to help improve scalability and performance for environments with growing amounts of application traffic. Three configurations are offered:

  • ServerIron ADX 1000 (1U fixed form factor)

  • ServerIron ADX 4000 (4U chassis)

  • ServerIron ADX 8000 (8U chassis)


The platform offers Content Switching (CSW) capabilities, enabling the network operator to create rules/policies/configurations to perform application switching and content transformation on a wide range of enterprise applications, including IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP applications.

The chassis models feature interchangeable modules with up to 16-ports of 10 Gbps fiber. The ServerIron ADX Series base pricing is $21,995 USD and the product will be generally available in CY Q3 2009.
http://www.brocade.com

3Com Plans Return to World Market for Enterprise Networking

3Com outlined plans to return to the global enterprise networking market by leveraging its broad portfolio of H3C edge-to-data-center solutions.


"Our experience in achieving market leadership over the last few years in China has made it clear there is a significant need to take the cost and complexity out of building enterprise networks," said Bob Mao, chief executive officer, 3Com.


3Com listed three tenets at the foundation of its enterprise networking strategy:

  • Design solutions that lower TCO: The H3C portfolio of solutions has been designed and built over the last four years, incorporating the latest in merchant silicon and energy efficiency, as well as a common management platform;


  • Architect future-proof products: The H3C solutions are based on open standards and leverage common hardware and software systems to help solve today's problems while allowing the flexibility to adapt to future technology enhancements; and


  • Deliver a new level of customer intimacy: 3Com has made responsiveness and flexibility a priority, underscored by the stability of a $1.3 billion, profitable, global organization. Elite partners authorized to sell H3C products will also help elevate the level of customer service and support.


As a first step, the company is introducing two new switching platforms, the H3C S12500 for end-of-rack in data centers, and a "flex-chassis" switching platform, the H3C S5800, for wiring closets, smaller network cores and top-of-rack in data centers. The products are manageable by a new platform.


3Com noted that is already is the second-largest enterprise networking provider in the world in terms of switches (ports) and routers (units), according to IDC. 3Com plans to aggressively expand this foundation, which largely has been driven by its position in China, where it holds more than 30 percent market share.
http://www.3com.com

Nortel Reports Q1 Sales of $1.73 Billion, Down 37%

Citing the global economic turbulence as well as impacts from its own bankruptcy filing in January, Nortel reported Q1 revenues of $1.73 billion, decreased 37 percent compared to prior year period. Excluding the negative impact of foreign exchange fluctuations, the decrease would have been 29 percent.


"First quarter results showed a decline in revenue and margins as expected due to the severe economic downturn and our filings for creditor protection. However, despite the declines we saw this quarter, revenue has stabilized and our cash balance is stable from year-end 2008. "We accomplished our initial objectives of maintaining our customer commitments and strengthening our operational performance. Network performance and customer service levels are at multi-year highs and customers are expressing their support of Nortel. Our employees have done a tremendous job under challenging conditions," stated Mike Zafirovski, Nortel's CEO.


Some highlights of the quarterly report:

  • Cash balance on March 31, 2009, of $2.48 billion, compared to $2.4 billion at year-end 2008.


  • The evaluation of Nortel's businesses - Carrier Networks (which includes Wireless Networks as well as Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions or CVAS), Metro Ethernet Networks, Enterprise Solutions and the LG-Nortel joint-venture - is ongoing.


  • Nortel will decentralize its Carrier Sales and Global Operations functions over the coming weeks. This will enhance the business units' overall responsiveness to changing customer and market requirements and provide the opportunity to better serve customers.


  • For the Carrier Networks group, a majority of the revenue decline was in the wireless segments, including a reduction in spending by certain customers as a result of their change in technology migration plans.


  • Enterprise Solution revenues in the first quarter of 2009 were $395 million, a decrease of 41 percent compared with the year ago quarter as a result of the factors noted above, namely decreased customer spending and decision-making deferral due to the economic conditions and the uncertainties created from our Creditor Protection Proceedings.


  • Metro Ethernet (MEN) revenues in the first quarter of 2009 were $360 million, a decrease of 10 percent compared with the year ago quarter with impacts across all businesses. Excluding the negative impact of foreign exchange fluctuations, revenues for MEN would have declined 6 percent year-over-year.


  • LG-Nortel revenues in the first quarter of 2009 were $188 million, a decrease of 66 percent compared with the year ago quarter. In addition to the factors described above, a majority of the decline was in LGN Carrier, primarily due to the completion of a certain customer contract obligation that resulted in the recognition of previously deferred revenues in the first quarter of 2008 not repeated in the first quarter of 2009 and high sales volumes related to 3G wireless products in the first quarter of 2008 not repeated to the same extent in the first quarter of 2009, as well as a significant foreign exchange impact due to the devaluation of the Korean WON against the US dollar. The decrease was partially offset by the completion of a certain customer contract obligation resulting in the recognition of previously deferred revenues in the first quarter of 2009.
http://www.nortel.com

Fujitsu Partners with Link America

Fujitsu Network Communications has entered into a partnership with Link America, a minority-owned company dedicated to servicing the communications industry. Link America will provide Warehouse Management Services (WMS) for the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 7500 Re-configurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) to select customers in support of their advanced communications networking needs.


Link America is focused on delivering broadband equipment solutions for the central office, local loop and customer premises environments. With the addition of the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM to their portfolio, Link America will be able to support the real-time distribution and stocking needs of carriers across North America.
http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom
http://www.linkam.com

DISH Loses 94K TV Subscribers in Q1

DISH Network lost approximately 94,000 net subscribers during the quarter ended March 31, 2009, giving the company approximately 13.584 million subscribers as of that date.


The company reported total revenue of $2.91 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2009, a 2.1 percent increase compared with $2.84 billion for the corresponding period in 2008. Net income totaled $313 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2009, compared with $259 million during the corresponding period in 2008. Basic earnings per share were $0.70 for the quarter ended March 31, 2009, compared with basic earnings per share of $0.58 during the corresponding period in 2008.
http://www.dishnetwork.com

Texas Instruments Delivers Low-power RF for ZigBee

Texas Instruments (TI) introduced a 2.4-GHz radio frequency (RF) system-on-chip solution supporting the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and an extensive set of applications, including ZigBee PRO networks, ZigBee RF4CE remote controls, smart energy, home and building automation, environmental monitoring and wireless medical.


"The CC2530 solution is specifically tailored for emerging low-power RF applications that will enhance consumer's day-to-day lives, such as RF remote controls and audio/visual consumer electronics, efficient smart energy networks, advanced home automation and personal wireless medical devices," said Art George, senior vice president of TI's High-Performance Analog business unit.
http://www.ti.com/metering

Level 3 Expands Operations in D.C. Area

Level 3 Communications is expanding its operations in the Washington, D.C., area. In addition to expanding its service portfolio, Level 3 will continue to expand its fiber-optic footprint, which already passes more than 20,000 business locations throughout the D.C., northern Virginia and southern Maryland.


"We understand that the national economy is struggling right now and many companies are curbing or halting expansion plans, but the D.C. area remains a thriving business community, and we believe it is an ideal time to expand and take advantage of business opportunities," said William Ganey, Level 3's Washington, D.C., general manager. http://www.Level3.com

AT&T and Partners Transmit 32 Terabits per Second Over Single Fiber

AT&T, NEC Corporation of America and Corning set a new record for optical fiber transmission - researchers transmitted data at 114 Gbps over each of 320 separate optical channels on a single, 580-kilometer optically amplified link, resulting in a total bandwidth capacity of 32 Terabits per second. The laboratory link was composed of seven spans, each containing a single-stage Erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) for both the C- and L-band and a section of Corning SMF-28 ULL fiber, an ITU G.652 compliant ultra-low-loss optical fiber.


AT&T said this exceeds the bandwidth capacity of the previous record-setting test by 25 percent, and over more than twice the distance. The latest milestone, presented recently at the OFC/NFOEC in San Diego, advances development of 100 Gigabit technologies, which are expected to be finalized and ready for deployment within the next few years to boost capacity in carrier backbone networks.


"IP traffic on the AT&T network is growing at about 45 percent year over year, so groundbreaking research efforts like this are critical to our ongoing efforts to stay ahead of our customers' rapidly evolving and expanding needs," said Peter Magill, executive director of optical systems research, AT&T Labs. "In setting this new bandwidth capacity record, we used a transmission method that enables better management of the interference that can result from operating 320 wavelengths over a single fiber-optic link. To do so, we used a new way to generate such signals and a new signal-processing algorithm to receive them again. We're looking forward to further testing of these techniques and the additional bandwidth advances that may come from it."

"There are still several challenges, including maturity and cost efficiency, to overcome before the deployment of such a high transmission rate over a single fiber, but we are definitely closer," added Milorad Cvijetic, vice president and chief technology strategist, Optical Network Systems Division, NEC Corporation of America.

http://www.att.com

Force10 Adds 90-port GigE Card to ExaScale Switch/Router

Force10 Networks has added a 90-port line card to its ExaScale family of virtualized switch/routers. The line card, built for the ExaScale E1200 and the ExaScale E600 midsized chassis, delivers greater 10/100/1000Base-T density and reduces power consumption by up to 70 percent per port. The company said it achieves the industry's lowest consumption rate.


At 100 Gbps/slot data capacity, the ExaScale card enables line-rate and non-blocking scalability for up to 1,260 10/100/1000Base-T ports in a half-rack chassis, or 630 ports in a one-third-rack chassis. The new line card is based on the ExaScale suite of advanced, packet processing and switching ASICs.


The Force10 ExaScale E600 chassis bundle starts at $63,500. Pricing for the 90-port 10/100/1000Base-T line card starts at $60,000.
http://www.force10networks.com/products
  • Introduced in March 2009, the ExaScale E-Series represents Force10's third generation technology and incorporates several innovations to boost its high-level of non-blocking line-rate Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet densities. The platform boasts total throughput of more than two billion packets per second across a switching fabric capacity of up to 3.5 Tbps or 250 Gbps full duplex per slot. With support for 140 line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports in a half-rack chassis, the ExaScale E-Series can support 100 Gbps of useable data capacity per slot.

Tessera Appoints Robert Yung as CTO

Tessera Technologies, which develops silicon technologies for wireless, consumer and computing products, named Robert Yung, Ph.D., as its new chief technology officer. Dr. Yung will report to Tessera's CEO and President, Henry R. "Hank" Nothhaft, and be responsible for the company's technology vision and direction for its continuing innovation in, and development of, miniaturization technologies for wireless, consumer and computing electronic devices.

Yung joins Tessera from PMC Sierra, a provider of broadband communications and storage semiconductors, which he joined in 2005 as vice president and CTO. Prior to PMC Sierra, he served as CTO for Intel Corporation's Enterprise Processors Group, CTO for Intel's Communications Products Group, and CTO for [Intel] China, where he directed Intel's China research.
http://www.tessera.com

Positron Acquires Aktino for MIMO-on DMT Ethernet Access

Positron has acquired Aktino, a privately-held developer of carrier class MIMO over Discrete Multitone (DMT) bonded copper solutions. Positron, which specializes in fiber optic transmission equipment for access, metro and core transport networks, said the acquisition would extend its Ethernet product portfolio, which already includes Pseudowire & Ethernet over PDH terminals and aggregators. Financial terms were not disclosed.


The Aktino MIMO-DMT solution offers superior rate, reach and reliability performance versus legacy and other
bonded-copper solutions. It extends reliable high bandwidth over a Carrier Service Area (CSA), providing a cost
effective and extended Ethernet service footprint for the carriers. Aktino products deliver five to 100 Mbps Carrier
Ethernet and DS3 TDM solutions.


Positron is based in Montreal. Aktino will continue to operate from its base in Irvine, California.
http://www.aktino.com
http://www.positronaccess.com

Friday, May 8, 2009

AT&T Works with Jasper Wireless on M2M Mobile Integration

AT&T has entered into a multi-year, strategic agreement with Jasper Wireless, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, to connect and support a variety of emerging consumer electronic and business devices on AT&T's nationwide wireless network. Specifically, AT&T's emerging device organization will capitalize on the Jasper Wireless platform to provide the applications and design services necessary to accelerate market entry for new categories of connected devices on AT&T's network, including personal navigation, e-readers, mobile internet devices, gaming, healthcare, tracking, and in-car navigation systems, among others. AT&T becomes the exclusive U.S. carrier on the Jasper Wireless platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Jasper Wireless's platform, applications, and design services are designed to accelerate market entry for connected device manufacturers. In addition, Jasper Wireless's automation of operational processes ensures a superior out-of-box user experience.

For some AT&T powered devices, Jasper Wireless's applications will provide automated operational management capabilities, including custom device provisioning, instant activation, real-time diagnostic tools and detailed billing and usage reports -- managed through a Jasper Wireless core software-as-a-service platform designed exclusively for M2M and consumer electronics communication

:Connecting consumer electronics and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices to a wireless network requires a unique set of assets," said Jahangir Mohammed, CEO, Jasper Wireless. :We've built a complete service platform with the applications that enable our customers to build, deploy and manage connected devices with the lowest total cost of operations. We help them embed connectivity easily, get to market quickly and deliver a superior user experience so they can deploy their connected devices profitably and at scale, across multiple countries."http://www.jasperwireless.com
http://www.att.com

Synopsys Acquires MIPS' Analog Business for $22 Million

Synopsys has acquired the Analog Business Group of MIPS Technologies for $22 million in cash. The acquisition expands Synopsys' DesignWare intellectual property (IP) portfolio with a new family of analog IP such as Analog-to-Digital Converters, Digital-to-Analog Converters, Audio Codecs and Power Management. It will also add HDMI TX and RX protocols to Synopsys' existing interface IP solution. Synopsys already supplies digital controllers, PHY and Verification IP for widely used protocols such as USB, PCI Express, DDR, SATA and Ethernet. http://www.synopsys.com

Portugal Telecom and Corning Plan GPON Rollout

Portugal Telecom is working with Corning to develop, test, and implement innovative and advanced Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology solutions for Next-Generation Access (NGA) fiber optic networks in Portugal. Portugal Telecom has recently signed an agreement with the Portuguese government and other telecommunications providers to develop a fiber optic network in the country. The goal is to enable access to next-generation services such as true high-speed Internet, voice, and HDTV based on a new network for up to 1.5 million Portuguese.

Corning will utilize its new ClearCurve product suite optimized for the European market in the Portugal Telecom solution. The new product suite is enabled by ClearCurve fiber which is hundreds of times more bendable than standard single-mode fiber. Fhttp://www.corning.com

Case Western Reserve Teams with Cisco for Smart Buildings

Cisco is working with Case Western Reserve University to transform its campus facilities into an integrated smart building infrastructure implementing the latest networking technology.


With Cisco executives, Case Western Reserve is launching a new Connected Real Estate project. The university will pilot the new technology solutions in its Frank O. Gehry-designed Peter B. Lewis Building, its biomedical Wolstein Research Building and one of its largest campus residence halls, known as Pierce Hall.


"Connected Real Estate is about changing the way buildings, campuses, communities, and cities are designed, built and managed in the most efficient and economical fashion while maintaining environmental responsibility. Collaborating with thought leaders such as the Case Western Reserve University is another example of Cisco's commitment to create 'smart connected communities' which take advantage of the network as the platform," said Thierry Martens, vice president, Cisco Worldwide Connected Real Estate practice. http://newsroom.cisco.com

AT&T and Verizon Wireless Exchange Alltel and Centennial Assets

AT&T agreed to acquire wireless assets from Verizon Wireless for $2.35 billion in cash. The deal includes licenses, network assets and 1.5 million current subscribers in 79 service areas, primarily in rural areas across 18 states. Verizon Wireless is required to divest these properties as part of the regulatory approvals granted for its purchase of Alltel earlier this year. The states represented are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.


"Wireless continues to be AT&T's greatest growth driver, and this transaction will complement our existing network coverage, particularly in rural areas," said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "The acquisition will add network assets, distribution channels and 850 MHz spectrum in a significant portion of the U.S., enabling even better coverage for AT&T's subscribers in those areas.

The companies also announced a separate transaction under which AT&T will sell certain wireless assets of Centennial Communications Corp. to Verizon Wireless for $240 million. Specifically, Verizon Wireless will acquire former Centennial wireless properties, including licenses, network assets and nearly 120,000 current subscribers, in five service areas in Louisiana and Mississippi. The five service areas are Lafayette, La., LA-5 (Beauregard), LA-6 (Iberville), LA-7 (West Feliciana) and MS-8 (Claiborne). The transaction is contingent on completion of AT&T's acquisition of Centennial. AT&T announced plans to acquire Centennial in November 2008, and that transaction is pending regulatory approval.
http://www.att.com
http://www.verizonwireless.com

ST-Ericsson Previews its First LTE Modem

Newly launched ST-Ericsson previewed its mobile broadband product roadmap including plans for an LTE modem platform targeting data devices.

The M700 promises top downlink speed of 100 Mbps with 50 Mbps uplink. It will support for all defined LTE bandwidth (1.4 up to 20 MHz). The platform is being released this year and will leverage a software-defined architecture.


ST-Ericsson, which is the second largest silicon company for mobile broadband, is now sampling its U8500 smartphone HSPA modem solution. The device will offer HD 1080p camcorder and video capabilities, along with up to 18 Million pixels camera.
ST-Ericsson estimates such smartphones, which may cost under US$150 depending on manufacturer, will offer 10 hours on HD video playback. Follow-up platforms are under development.


A archived webcast of Ericsson's Capital Markets Day events is available online.

http://www.ericsson.com/ericsson/investors/index.shtml

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