Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wiretapping Lawsuits Dismissed in Court

A federal judge dismissed dozens of lawsuits over illegal domestic surveillance of American citizens approved by the Bush Administration, ruling that telecommunications companies had immunity from liability under the controversial FISA Amendments Act (FISAAA). The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which had filed the lawsuits, vowed to appeal the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that FISAAA is unconstitutional. At stake was a potential billions of dollars in damages which the plaintiffs had sought from AT&T and other major carriers for tapping Internet traffic of U.S. citizens without a warrant. Lawyers now representing the Obama administration had continued to seek dismissal of the lawsuits on the same grounds that the cooperation of the carriers was vital to national security.

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies VDSL2 for China's Guangdong Telecom

Guangdong Telecom, a subsidiary of China Telecom, selected Alcatel-Lucent to roll out a VDSL2 network in Guangdong Province. Guangdong Telecom is the first carrier to deploy a VDSL2 network solution in China. Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver a VDSL2 solution based on its 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM), part of Alcatel-Lucent's ISAM family. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The contract was secured through Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell.

Femto Forum and WiMAX Forum Collaborate on WiMAX Femtocells

The Femto Forum and the WiMAX Forum have agreed to collaborate on the development of WiMAX Femtocell Access Point (WFAP) specifications that will address topics such as end-to-end QoS, provisioning, network entry and authentication, power optimization, and mobility management. The specifications will also support for emergency services, lawful intercept, and location-based services.

2009 Mobile Asia Congress Scheduled for November in Hong Kong

The 2009 Mobile Asia Congress will be held 18-19 November 2009 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Under the banner "Inspiring the Mobile Future", the 2009 Mobile Asia Congress will bring together the leadership of Asian mobile operators and key players in the broader mobile ecosystem in an exclusive forum for sharing the visions and strategies that will shape the mobile future.

The Call for Papers for speaking opportunities at the 2009 Mobile Asia Congress is now open.

Oclaro and Newport to Exchange Strategic Photonic Assets

Oclaro (the new company formed through the recent merger of Bookham and Avanex) announced a definitive agreement with Newport to swap several strategic assets.

Under the deal, Newport will acquire the New Focus business of Oclaro's Advanced Photonics Solutions division in exchange for the Newport Spectra Physics high power laser diodes business. Oclaro will also receive $3 million in cash proceeds which is expected to fund the substantial portion of related transition and integration costs.

Oclaro said the exchange enables it to expand its High Power Laser Diode portfolio with a deeper expertise in systems and packaging to target higher value solutions in new markets. Upon closing, Oclaro is positioned to become the largest merchant supplier to the high power laser diodes market. This portfolio has the potential to yield gross margins of 40% or better.

The agreement includes a 4-year supply agreement whereby Oclaro will be sole source supplier of diodes to Newport Spectra Physics for a one year period followed by majority allotment for the next three years. Oclaro will purchase the operating assets of the Spectra Physics Tucson, Arizona facility, as well as the intellectual property of the diodes business, while Newport retains all obligations under the facility lease.

Verizon Business Launches Cloud-Based "Computing as a Service"

Verizon Business introduced an on-demand, "cloud-based" Computing as a Service (CaaS) solution designed to help businesses and government agencies take advantage of cloud (IP-based) computing .

The service - which leverages Verizon's global IP infrastructure and data centers - enables mid-market and larger companies to use a Web-based portal to employ computing resources in the quantities and duration dictated by their business needs. As a result, businesses pay for the resources used and avoid having to build out for peak capacity requirements by buying new equipment and adding staff. CaaS allows companies to do internal charge-backs for resources consumed by individual departments or business units and provides a foundation for IT expansion. CaaS can be used for either Web-based or corporate applications running over Verizon's public IP network or its MPLS-based private network, Private IP.

Customers have access to a real-time, self-service portal that lets them dynamically provision and manage physical and virtual servers, network devices, storage, and backup services. The portal is accessed through the Verizon Enterprise Center, a one-stop resource for customers to manage all of their Verizon services.

Verizon Business said it has built strong security features into its CaaS offering. These include secure connections to customer-provisioned resources, as well as multi-tiered network with virtual firewall and an audit trail for all changes. Customers can also opt for a third tier of optional, add-on security services including identity and access management, host intrusion detection, application vulnerability assessment, network application assessment and professional security services.

"Our new best-in-class solution offers enterprises an unbeatable combination of IT resources and professional services to help them rethink how they use computing resources to advance their business," said Nancy Gofus, Verizon senior vice president - global product development. "With Verizon CaaS, we are ushering in a new era of computing; one that offers enterprises security, resiliency and scalability on demand with a whole new level of flexibility and a low cost structure."http://www.verizonbusiness.com/us/itsolutions

AT&T Small Business Wireless-Wired Bundle for $100

AT&T introduced a bundled offer targeted at small businesses that includes wireless, wired and high speed Internet services, starting at less than $100 a month.

The "All for Less" bundle is now available to qualifying small business customers (one to four lines in a single location) across AT&T's 22-state footprint. The services, which come on one consolidated bill, include:http://www.att.com/onwardsmallbusiness

MobiTV Surpasses Seven Million Subscribers

MobiTV now has more than seven million subscribers for its mobile content service. MobiTV is now available on more than 350 handsets across 20 carrier networks, including Sprint, AT&T and Alltel in the U.S.

"We are clearly seeing an increase in mobile television consumption," said Charlie Nooney, Chairman and CEO, MobiTV. "With the addition of two million new subscribers in less than six months, MobiTV continues to expand its lead in the mobile media market by providing new, personal, relevant and immediate content to our viewers. We are about to hit the tipping point for mobile media, one that will move it from a novelty to the mainstream."http://www.mobitv.com

Global Crossing Upgrades Network Capacity

Global Crossing is significantly expanding capacity on its Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC), South American Crossing (SAC) and Pan American Crossing (PAC) undersea fiber-optic cable systems to meet growing demand for converged services.The company is adding capacity to its MAC and SAC subsea systems. Upgrades to the MAC, targeted for the third quarter of this year, include adding capacity on all routes between New York, St. Croix, and Florida.

Upgrades to SAC will include adding capacity across all system segments, including the Trans-Andean Crossing (TAC), and the crossing among Panama, Venezuela and the Virgin Islands. These upgrades will be ready for service on a phased schedule during the third and fourth quarters of this year.

In addition, an upgrade of the PAC, between Fort Amador, Panama, and Grover Beach, California, also is under way and is targeted for service in the fourth quarter of this year. The PAC connects the United States' west coast to Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama.

During the first half of 2009, Global Crossing also will complete upgrades to the southern route of its Atlantic Crossing 1 (AC-1) undersea fiber-optic cable system, adding capacity between New York City and the United Kingdom. The company is on schedule to complete upgrades to Atlantic Crossing 1 North, which connects Brookhaven, New York, to Germany and the Netherlands. The company announced in January that it planned to add 600 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of transport capacity to the AC-1 Northern and Southern routes.

"The investments we are making are in response to the continued demand Global Crossing is experiencing across our global network," said John Legere, Global Crossing's CEO. "We are increasing capacity on our undersea systems to accommodate our enterprise, carrier and service provider customers' requirements for IP connectivity and transport services, such as video over IP, social media and content delivery networks."http://www.globalcrossing.com

BT Completes Inter-Company Cisco TelePresence Call

BT completed its first exchange-to-exchange intercompany Cisco TelePresence meeting with a call between a global retail provider and Kraft on the BT Global Video Exchange. BT said that completing the call between differing exchange networks demonstrates the feasibility of intercompany Cisco TelePresence services.

BT Global Video Exchange is a service that allows Cisco TelePresence connections between companies, driving more use and a faster return on investment. http://www.bt.com/conferencing

Monday, June 1, 2009

Obama Renominates McDowell for FCC Commissioner

President Obama will renominate Robert M. McDowell for another term as FCC Commissioner.

McDowell was first nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006. Immediately prior to joining the FCC, Commissioner McDowell was senior vice president and assistant general counsel for COMPTEL, an association representing competitive facilities-based telecommunications service providers, emerging VoIP providers, integrated communications companies, and their supplier partners, where he had responsibilities involving advocacy efforts before Congress, the White House and executive agencies.

Vitesse Builds Ecosystem for 10G-PON Deployments

Vitesse Semiconductor has expanded its Next-Generation Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTx) Technology Ecosystem with the addition of three industry leading companies: ZTE Corporation; Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI); and CyOptics. The partners are working to accelerate the deployment of next-generation 10G-PON systems.

In addition to Vitesse, the original FTTx Technology Ecosystem members included MAC vendor, Teknovus; test equipment supplier, Anritsu; and optical component manufacturer, Emcore. Working closely with the FTTx Ecosystem members, Vitesse continues to expand its IC contributions to 10G-EPON deployments with the volume production release of the VSC8479-01 Burst Mode 10G SerDes and sample release of a complete 10G-EPON XFP module reference design. Vitesse's XFP module reference design is targeted for 10G-EPON symmetric ONU/ONT applications utilizing Vitesse's industry-proven PMD chipset including 10G burst mode driver, 10G APD ROSA with TIA and 10G post limiting amplifier. In addition, the XFP reference design uses the industry's latest 10G-EPON compliant TOSA and ROSA which are designed in standard XMD-MSA fit and form-factor. The reference design achieves real world, high-performance interoperability in common design platforms to accelerate time-to-market.

Israel's 013 NetVision Deploys Veraz's I-Gate SIP Gateway

Israel-based 013 NetVision has chosen Veraz Networks' I-Gate 4000 EDGE SIP Gateway to support advanced voice and data services for its enterprise customers. 013 NetVision chose Veraz's I-Gate 4000 EDGE SIP Gateway because of its voice quality, handling of fax calls, high reliability and ease of management and deployment. The I-Gate 4000 EDGE SIP Gateway leverages Veraz's expertise in VoIP softswitching and media gateways and provides service providers a highly reliable, feature rich platform for enterprise VoIP applications.

Cortina Unveils Next Gen Optical Transport Platform

Cortina Systems, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, introduced its next generation optical transport processor platform designed for efficient multiplexing and transparent transport of a broad spectrum of 10G class clients including Ethernet, SONET/SDH, and storage over 10G or 40G optical transport networks. The platform offers analog integration, optical transport networking, and advanced forward error correction (FEC) technology.

Cortina said its design allows for denser and more flexible line cards for metro and long-haul dense wavelength-division-multiplexing applications, Ethernet switch and router platforms, and submarine ultra long-haul systems. Key features include aggregation of four fully independent synchronous or asynchronous 10Gs tributaries to a 40G signal; super forward error correction ("Super FEC"); transport, mapping, and performance monitoring; and networking support for various client signals.

The CS6001 Transport Processor, the first member of the CS600x family, features two 17-lane or 16-lane 40G-class interfaces (SFI-5.1 or 16-lane SFI-4.2), eight four-lane 10G-class interfaces (XAUI or SFI-4.2), and four XFI serial 10G-class interfaces. Additionally, each SFI-5.1 interface can be down-clocked to operate as a 16-bit SFI-4.1 compliant interface. The CS6001 can handle full duplex processing of either a single 40G signal or up to four independent 10G signals. The receiver and transmit ports can be configured independently to monitor (and optionally terminate) OTU3/OC-768, 40GE, and OTU2/OC-192/10 GbE/FC-1200/FC-800 signals.

The CS600x device family is offered as five different options that are specifically tailored to various 40G or 10G applications. It is built with 65nm technology and Cortina is currently shipping samples. The CS600x will be generally available in July 2009.

Cortina also unveiled an Integrated Access development suite that includes silicon and software solutions optimized for 1 to 10 Gigabit EPON, GPON, and active Ethernet access technologies. The company's forthcoming CS8x12 Multi Dwelling Unit (MDU) products will address EPON, GPON, and Active Ethernet deployments.

The CS8x12 is a carrier class, single chip, MDU device with integrated aggregation switch, carrier-class traffic manager, and Ethernet or xDSL subscriber interface. The CS8x12 product family comprises the CS8212 (GPON) and CS8012 (EPON) System on a Chip (SoC) devices that are shipping in volume as of today. Both devices, as part of the Integrated Access platform, share the same software model, can reuse board design rules, and can be configured in Active Ethernet configuration to address non-PON-based fiberhttp://www.cortina-systems.com

Polatis Raises $8 Million for Optical Switching

Polatis, a start-up based in Andover, Mass., raised $8 million in venture capital, for its low loss, all-optical switching products. Polatis all-optical products operate at the transport layer of fiber networks, providing the intelligent foundation for switching massive amounts of data traffic in a precise and automated way. It develops and manufactures low loss all-optical switches that scale to the largest networks in telecommunications, data center, government & defense, and test & measurement markets.

The new funding came from existing investors 3i Ventures, Alta-Berkeley Ventures, DFJ Esprit, Flagship Ventures, Gainesborough & Peponi Investments, JK&B Partners, and Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation.

Dell'Oro: Worldwide Router Market Dropped Sharply in Q1

The worldwide router market declined 23 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2009 as the global recession weakened sales across all geographical regions and market segments, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group. Accounting for more than 90 percent of the worldwide router revenue are the top four vendors, in ranked order: Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei.

The report includes a forecast for 2009 that shows the router market declining for the first time in seven years. The year-over-year decline in 2009 is expected to approach that of 2001, the year of the bursting dot-com bubble.

"The results from the first quarter set the stage for a very difficult year for router manufacturers," said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "Service providers and enterprises slashed their spending budgets for 2009, and those reduced budgets caused a very steep decline in router sales in the first quarter. Although there are some signs of stabilization in the market, there are few upside opportunities for the remainder of this year," added Umeda.

Huawei Launches CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev B -- Downlinks up to 9.3 Mbps

Huawei Technologies introduced a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) Revision B Solution, boasting a downlink rate of up to 9.3 Mbps and an uplink rate of up to 5.4 Mbps. Huawei said that with minimal capital investment to upgrade from Revision A, operators will be able to deliver much faster mobile broadband services in data-intensive, delay-sensitive applications such as VoIP, video telephony, multi-media and online gaming.

Blue Coat Reports Revenue of $114 Million

Blue Coat Systems reported total net revenue for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 (ended 30-Apr-2009) of $114 million, an increase of 29% compared to net revenue of $88 million in the same quarter last year, and an increase of 4% compared to net revenue of $110 million in the immediately preceding quarter. Excluding net revenue associated with Packeteer, net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 was $89 million, an increase of 1% compared to net revenue of $88 million in the same quarter last year, and an increase of 3% compared to net revenue of $86 million in the immediately preceding quarter.

Net revenue for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2009 was $445 million, an increase of 46% when compared to net revenue of $305 million for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2008. Excluding net revenue associated with Packeteer, net revenue for fiscal 2009 was $356 million, an increase of 16% compared to net revenue of $305 million in fiscal 2008.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported net loss of $3 million, or $(0.09) per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, compared to net income of $12 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, and net income of $1 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. http://www.bluecoat.com

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