Thursday, July 9, 2009

Narus Raises $8.7 Million in New Funding

Narus, which delivers solutions for real-time traffic intelligence for the protection and management of large IP networks, announced an additional $8.7 million in expansion funding from its existing investors.

The funds will be used primarily to continue Narus' growth and expansion in the U.S. government market, as well as India and the Middle East, where the NarusInsight system is used by Narus customers to manage their IP networks and protect them against cyber attacks.

"Narus is proud to be an important part of protecting and managing the cyber infrastructure, especially in these difficult economic times," said Greg Oslan, CEO of Narus. "We are pleased to be able to count on our current investors' continued support for the growth of our business. We look forward to working with our investors, partners and customers through the next stage of our growth."

DOCOMO Develops HSPA Femtocell

NTT DOCOMO unveiled a compact indoor base transceiver station, or femtocell BTS, for linking mobile phones to the DOCOMO network via a broadband connection in the home.

The new femtocell BTS is compatible with High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technology and supports plug & play convenience for smooth, automatic configuration after connection to the DOCOMO network via a broadband fixed line, such as optical fiber. The new model also will enable new services, such as mail notification to a parent when a child arrives home and their DOCOMO phone is detected to have entered the Home Area of the femtocell BTS. Another possible service is special limited-time electronic coupons sent from a store to nearby customers who choose to be detected when their DOCOMO mobile phones are in their Home Area.

DOCOMO will begin offering installation of its new femtocell BTS device this fall.

Belgacom Offers Free IPTV to Subscribers of Fixed + Internet or Mobile

Belgacom began offering a way for its existing fixed line, Internet or mobile subscribers to qualify for a free IPTV service. Basically, customers must opt for two
products with Belgacom, i.e. Internet and fixed or mobile telephony, and Belgacom TV Comfort is thrown in for free, including the decoder. Customers wanting to connect a second TV set will need to pay a supplement of EUR 6 per month for renting a second decoder. It is also possible to buy one for EUR 79 (currently available for EUR 49 under a special offer). The one-time activation charge for these formulas is EUR 50.

BelgacomTV recently celebrated its fourth anniversary and now boasts 555,000 customers (or about 1.5 million viewers). Belgacom TV is available to 87% of the population, while 78% can connect two TV sets. Moreover, 66.2% of the population (about 75% of Belgacom TV customers) can receive programs in HD quality.

Earlier this year, Belgacom launched the Happy Time One rate (12,000 free minutes per month for making calls in the evenings and on weekends, from both fixed-line phones and mobile phones to all fixed-line and mobile numbers in Belgium) and Internet One (allowing Belgacom Internet customers to use their laptop to surf on the move and free of charge anywhere in Belgium on weekends and public holidays with the free option Mobile Internet Free Weekend One). Two months ago the Group went one step further by introducing the All-In-One formula, which groups all of the Belgacom Group's services together in one package: fixed and mobile telephony (Happy Time One), fixed and mobile Internet and Belgacom TV Comfort.

Canada's Globalive Wireless Selects DragonWave's Wireless Ethernet Backhaul

Canada's Globalive Wireless Management Corp. has selected DragonWave to provide high-capacity, cost effective next generation wireless backhaul for its high speed packet access network Globalive acquired a significant amount of spectrum in Canada's Advanced Wireless Spectrum auction in 2008.

DragonWave's Horizon and AirPair products, which operate in both licensed and unlicensed radio frequencies between 6 and 38 GHz, enable software scalable, ultra-low latency transport of up to 1.6 Gbps per link.

Vivendi Seeks Equity Stake in Zain Africa

In a press statement, Vivendi confirmed its interest for acquiring a majority stake in the Zain group's telecommunications activities in Africa. An acquisition would enable Vivendi to capitalize on its experience of developing mobile telephony in Africa. Vivendi said that at this stage there is no certainty that its discussions with Zain will lead to a deal,

Borqs Raises $17.4 Million for Open Source Application Software

Borqs, a start-up with operations in Beijing and Sunnyvale, California, secured a US$17.4 million Series B round of venture financing for its open source mobile application software.

Borq's client-side software is based on Google's Android platform. The company aims to give carriers the ability to create a consistent and branded user interface experience that can work across different types of smartphones. Borqs also provides carriers with the ability to create branded application store fronts that offer subscribers a wide range of mobile application choices by tapping into the Android Application Marketplace as well as existing Java-based mobile applications.

Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) led this round, which included participation from current investors, GSR Ventures - the Mayfield Fund China affiliate - as well as Keystone Ventures. As a part of the investment, Mohan Kumar of NVP will join Borqs' board of directors.

Lime Microsystems and Blue Wonder Collaborate on LTE

Lime Microsystems and Blue Wonder Communications are jointly developing an LTE reference platform that will enable early adoption of this emerging standard. The fully characterised LTE reference platform will accelerate time to market for OEMs developing LTE systems. The reference platform is based on Lime Microsystems' integrated single chip RF transceiver, the LMS6002, and Blue Wonder's advanced baseband solution.

Lime Microsystems' LMS6002 is a multi-band multi-standard RF transceiver IC designed for femtocells and small cell basestations. The highly frequency agile transceiver operates at user-selectable frequencies between 375MHz and 4GHz and is suitable for 3G, WiMAX, and LTE standards. Blue Wonder's advanced baseband solution is a complete LTE subsystem that can be integrated in System on Chip platforms. It provides a 3GPP Release 8 TDD and RFF multi-mode solution, up to category 4 and is designed for low power consumption. Blue Wonder will provide an FPGA based development system, which includes an interface to Lime's LMS6002 transceiver to allow all required interoperability tests.

CTIA: Wireless Industry Contributes $100 Billion to U.S. Economy

The wireless industry contributes nearly $100 billion either directly or indirectly to the U.S. economy on an annual basis, according to a recent filing with the FCC made by CTIA, a trade organization representing the wireless industry. Moreover, the wireless industry supports more than 268,000 direct employees and more than 2.4 million American jobs that are either directly or indirectly dependent on it. Pay for these workers is more than 50% higher than the national average of other production workers. In addition, U.S. carriers are investing $22.8 billion per year on average to upgrade their networks.

Steve Largent, CTIA President and CEO, offered the following comments in response to the filing:

"With the urgent focus from President Obama and Congress on stimulating the economy and creating jobs, CTIA has submitted a filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that demonstrates the substantial investment and contributions the wireless industry is making to achieve the nation's economic and infrastructure goals. CTIA and our member companies are looking forward to continuing to work with the Obama Administration, Congress and FCC to ensure that wireless services continue to lead the way to economic recovery and prosperity."

Solera Supplies Network Forensics to Feds Under $1.8 Million Contract

Solera Networks has been awarded a $1.8 million contract with a major U.S. federal agency to supply its network forensics appliances. Solera Networks partnered with DLT Solutions, Inc., a value-added reseller of industry-leading IT products and services. Collectively, they have been engaged with the agency for several months going through a rigorous evaluation and selection process.

Solera's systems enable high-speed packet capture, retrieval, and reconstruction at line rates up to 10Gbps on physical and virtual networks. a network breach occurs, providing the ability for the customer to promptly respond to any event.

"As we've seen with recent events in the news, these attacks are going to occur. Prevention is key, but it is critical to know how to respond when they happen. It's great to work with an agency that understands that network forensics is an essential component of a comprehensive information security strategy," said Steve Shillingford, CEO of Solera Networks. "Solera Networks was selected because it was the only vendor that could meet the demanding requirements of a large distributed government network."

Huawei Launches Multi-mode Base Station Controller

Huawei Technologies launched a convergent Base Station Controller (BSC) that integrates both the GSM BSC and the UMTS RNC (Radio Network Controller) into one multi-mode controller. The product is the latest component of Huawei' s SingleRAN solution.

Huawei said its new equipment, combined with the other features of the SingleRAN solution, will enable operators to achieve the full convergence of multi-mode wireless networks, including greater efficiencies with operation and maintenance, radio resource management and transmission resource management. Specifically designed to support multiple wireless systems via a single uniform access network, the SingleRAN solution integrates radio bearers for voice, narrowband data, mobile broadband and more into one network element instead of many.

Huawei also launched two software defined radio (SDR)-enabled RRUs (radio remote units) with dual-transmitter capability. The first RRU supports GSM/UMTS/LTE technologies by using the same 1800M/1900M/850M/900M spectrum and is the only SDR-enabled RRU product to have received standardization by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. The second SDR-enabled RRU can provide UMTS/LTE services while using the same 2100 MHz spectrum.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

3Com Reports Quarterly Revenue of $295 Million, Down 8.2% YoY

3Com reported revenue for its fiscal 2009 fourth quarter, which ended May 29, 2009, of $295.1 million, compared to revenue of $321.3 million in the corresponding period in fiscal 2008, an 8.2 percent decrease. Net income in the quarter was $20.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $166.7 million, or $(0.41) per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2008.

Fiscal year 2008 fourth quarter results included a $158.0 million goodwill impairment charge. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009 was $37.2 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with net income of $35.6 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2008.

Revenue for the full fiscal year 2009 was $1,317.0 million, compared with $1,294.9 million in the prior year, a 1.7 percent increase.

Akamai Releases State of the Internet Report for Q1 2009

Akamai Technologies published a State of the Internet report for Q1 2009 providing insight into key Internet statistics such as origin of attack traffic, network and Web site outages and Internet connectivity levels across the globe. Some highlights from the report follow.

Attack Traffic

During the first quarter of 2009, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 68 unique countries around the world. The United States and China were the two largest attack traffic sources, accounting for nearly 50% of observed traffic in total. The top 10 ports saw approximately 90% of the observed attack traffic, with more two-thirds of the traffic likely related to the Conficker worm.


A number of new submarine cable projects were announced or deployed in the first quarter that are expected ultimately to improve Internet connectivity for countries in Africa, Europe, South America and the Caribbean, and Oceania. New WiMAX projects and deployments will bring broadband wireless connectivity to countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and the former Soviet Union. Fiber-to-the-home efforts announced in the first quarter will benefit users in New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Latvia, Scotland, and England.

The first quarter also saw nominal advances in IPv6 adoption, including seven more country-level domains enabling their DNS servers for IPv6. In the United States, and countries around the globe, "stimulus funding" was allocated in the first quarter to help improve broadband availability in rural areas.

Broadband Connectivity

Through its globally-deployed server network, and by virtue of the billions of requests for Web content that it services on a daily basis, Akamai has developed a unique level of visibility into the connection speeds of those systems issuing the requests, and as such, of broadband adoption around the globe. Akamai observed a nearly five percent increase (from the fourth quarter of 2008) globally in the number of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai's network.

Current highlights and historical trends for average connection speeds on a global basis can be found in Akamai's data visualization tool, available at In the first quarter of 2009, one-fifth of the Internet connections around the world were at speeds of greater than 5 Mbps, a 5 percent increase from the prior quarter, and a nearly 30 percent increase over the same period last year. Globally, the average connection speed increased by approximately 11 percent, growing to 1.7 Mbps, and more than 120 countries had connection speeds under 1 Mbps.

Fastest Global Countries

From a global connection speed perspective, Japan unseated South Korea for the highest levels of "high broadband" (>5 Mbps) connectivity, though South Korea maintained the highest average connection speed, at 11 Mbps. For the first time since publishing the State of the Internet report in the first quarter of 2008, South Korea no longer had the largest percentage of connections to Akamai at speeds above 5 Mbps, with a significant 25% decline. Akamai also saw fewer unique IP addresses from South Korea during the first quarter, along with a lower average connection speed. The first place spot was taken by Japan, with 57% of connections to Akamai at high broadband levels. Nearly a third of Japan's connections to Akamai are at speeds between 5-10 Mbps. Sweden showed a similar percentage of connections between 5-10 Mbps, while other countries in the top 10 saw levels below 30 percent.

Fastest U.S. States

Continuing the trend established throughout 2008, the East Coast of the United States continued to lead the country in the greatest level of broadband connectivity, with 8 of the top 10 states on the list. Delaware maintained its top position, with 62% of connections to Akamai occurring at 5 Mbps or greater, and the highest average connection speed in the United States, at 7.2 Mbps. Maine has nearly quadrupled its percentage of high broadband connections to Akamai since the first quarter of 2008.

Anritsu Offers Next Gen Base Station Analyzer for 4G

Anritsu introduced a handheld base station analyzer supporting emerging 4G standards as well as installed 2G/3G networks. The MT8221B's platform provides a 20 MHz demodulation capability to measure technologies such as LTE and WiMAX, and a 30-MHz Zero-Span IF Output for external demodulation of virtually any other wideband signal. In addition, a Vector Signal Generator option with the flexibility to generate two modulated signals plus noise is available for comprehensive receiver testing.

Senior cell site technicians and RF engineers can use the BTS Master MT8221B to test and verify the installation and commissioning of base stations and cell sites, for optimal wireless network performance. It is equally suited for on-going maintenance and troubleshooting to help ensure the operation of wireless network infrastructure. Key performance indicators (KPIs), such as dropped calls, call denial, or call blocking rates due to a malfunction at the cell site or interference, can be easily and accurately detected with the BTS Master MT8221B.

Verizon Business Launches Application Security Program

Verizon Business introduced an Application Security Program that takes a risk-based approach to protecting the critical data contained within each application. The program helps understand and identify the potential security threats to their applications, and take steps to protect them. Customers also have the option to pursue a Verizon Cybertrust Application Certification, which verifies that their information-security controls, policies and procedures meet a stringent set of standards.

As shown by Verizon Business' "2009 Data Breach Investigations Report," hackers often sneak into and compromise a company's sensitive data and business systems via insecure applications. Of the 285 million compromised records from the 90 confirmed breaches in 2008 that were examined by the report, 79 percent were compromised via Web applications.

The Verizon Application Security Program comprises three tiers: Baseline, Assess and Certify.

In the first tier of the program, Verizon security experts conduct an initial application-risk assessment, which consists of baseline scanning and reviewing the software development lifecycle of the applications. Verizon determines the types of data consumed by specific applications, which is critical to establishing each application's risk level, and also determines which applications present the highest risk for the business.

The second tier focuses on high-risk applications. Verizon conducts a full-scale review to assess the criticality and severity of impact to the business if these assets were to be exploited. Typical assessment activities include application vulnerability assessments, penetration testing and security source code reviews.

The third tier offers customers the option of pursing the Verizon Cybertrust Application Certification, which verifies that an organization's information-security controls, policies and procedures have been examined, measured and validated against a stringent set of Verizon security standards.

Verizon said its certification is rigorous, and renewal requires annual recertification. Certified customers can display and share the Verizon Cybertrust seal with customers, partners and prospects to demonstrate that information security is a top priority for them.

The service is available immediately available in the U.S. and in a number of other countries to large-business customers.

RCN Drops Bid for FiberNet, Deal with Zayo Proceeds

RCN withdrew its proposal to acquire FiberNet for $12.50 per share.

Consequently, FiberNet is proceeding with a sale to Zayo Group for $11.45 per share in cash. The transaction is not subject to any financing condition. The transaction is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2009.

FiberNet owns and operates integrated colocation facilities and diverse transport routes in the gateway markets of New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.

Zayo Group is a regional provider of telecom services -- including bandwidth, voice and managed services -- to carrier, enterprise, SME and government customers. Zayo Group currently provides its service over a fiber network that spans 129 markets in 23 states. Zayo Group consists of three complementary business units: Zayo Bandwidth, Zayo Managed Services and Onvoy Voice Services.

Qualcomm Donates Rapidly Deployable 3G Base Station to ITU

Qualcomm will donate a rapidly deployable 3G CDMA base station to the I.T.U. to improve emergency communications for disaster preparedness and to coordinate relief activities in the aftermath of a disaster. The system has an estimated value of $500,000.

JDSU to Acquire Finisar's Network Tools Business

JDSU will acquire Finisar's Network Tools business for approximately $40.6 million in cash. The Network Tools business, which had revenue of $44.2 million in Finisar's fiscal year 2009 ending April 30, 2009, provides storage area network (SAN) protocol test tools, software and services. The companies expect to close the transaction before the end of July 2009.

The Network Tools portfolio, focused on the SAN analysis and data generation and load testing segments, specializes in a wide range of storage protocols, such as Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, 10GigE, iSCSI, SAS and SATA.

JDSU said the acquisition will help it expand its lab test market presence. Network Tools' customers include the world's leading storage network system and component manufacturers, system integrators as well as enterprises operating major data centers. The combination of JDSU's communications test development expertise in areas such 40/100G with Network Tools' strength in storage network protocol test will fuel product innovation addressing Fibre Channel over Ethernet and other emerging SAN test market opportunities.

The Network Tools business, currently headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, includes more than 100 employees worldwide. Upon close of the transaction, Network Tools will form the Storage Network Test unit in the Instrument Business Division of JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment. Dave Buse will continue to lead the business, reporting to Jerry Gentile, general manager of JDSU's Instrument Business Division.

EXFO Launches Smaller, Portable Test Platform

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering introduced a four-slot version of its FTB-500 portable test platform, which is intended for installation, maintenance and troubleshooting applications on telecom networks.

For ROADM and PTN network turn-up, the four-slot FTB-500 simultaneously runs an optical spectrum analyzer (FTB-5240S-P-InB) and a SONET/SDH, OTN, Ethernet and Fibre Channel analyzer (FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer), a combination that delivers multiple software-based test capabilities, including in-band OSNR measurement for qualifying newly commissioned OTN links, standard and over-clocked OTN functionalities for commissioning the transport layer, and SONET/SDH, Ethernet and Fibre Channel functionalities for qualifying all ROADM-supported interfaces. In addition, the FTB-500 offers battery operation, remote management and integrated optical tools, making it the industry's leading ROADM-based network testing solution.

BT Accelerates its Fiber Rollout

BT will accelerate its fibre rollout to cover more than a million additional homes and businesses across the UK. The acceleration of BT's plans will see 1.5 million homes have access to such services by early summer 2010 . A million of those homes will have access by March, which is a doubling of the original pace of deployment.

BT said it aims to make super-fibre broadband available to 40 percent of the UK -- or some 10 million homes -- by 2012. The company has pledged to spend £1.5 billion for the rollout. This investment falls within BT's current capital expenditure plans. Sixty nine locations across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will benefit from this latest phase of BT's investment programme. The pilots of the technology went live this week in Muswell Hill, London and Whitchurch, South Wales. Sixteen service providers are participating in the pilots.

BT is using a mix of Fibre to the premise (FTTP) and Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) topologies, with FTTC expected to be the predominant architecture. FTTP delivers downstream speeds of up to 100 Mbps-- and potentially up to 1000 Mbps in the future - and upstream speeds of up to 40 Mbps. FTTC can be used to support download speeds of up to 40 Mbps initially, potentially rising to 60 Mbps in the future. Initial upstream speeds will be between 5 and 10 Mbps rising to 15 Mbps.

Steve Robertson, CEO of Openreach, the division of BT responsible for the roll-out said: "Fibre is the future and so we're speeding up the pace of our plans. We had aimed to get fibre to half a million homes by next March but we're now being far more ambitious. We've received a tremendous response to date and so we're keen to get on with the job.

Deutsche Telekom Announces VDSL Wholesale Deal

Deutsche Telekom reached a wholesale agreement for 1&1 and Vodafone to offer VDSL connections over its network in Germany.

The service is due to be launched over the next few months. 1&1 and Vodafone will be the first competitors to use the wholesale service for VDSL Double Play, which will offer customers transmission speeds of up to 50 Mbps while surfing the Internet. Deutsche Telekom has already expanded its VDSL network in 50 German towns and cities.

In a press statement, Deutsche Telekom emphasized that it reached this agreement voluntarily and that it views regulatory pressure as counter-productive.

DT already has plans in place to expand the network in 13 German towns and cities by teaming up with competitors such as Vodafone, EWE, M-Net and NetAachen. Further discussions are also underway.

"No new infrastructure will be built simply as a result of regulating network access. What Germany now needs is the courage to deregulate; more freedom will help further boost growth in the broadband market," stated Timotheus Höttges, Chief Financial Officer at Deutsche Telekom.