Sunday, July 19, 2009

Heptagon Raises $22m for Wafer Scale Micro-Optics

Heptagon, a private company based in Zurich, announced $22 million in venture funding for its wafer-scale micro-optics.

The new funding was led by GGV Capital of Menlo Park, California and included the participation of existing investors, including Innovations Kapital of Sweden, Innovacom of France and Nokia Growth Partners.

Heptagon develops optics which are glass-like in quality but manufactured in the same wafer-scale format as the CMOS image sensor, LED and VCSEL technologies. This enables the potential to quickly ramp from several millions to several tens of millions of components per month.

Cavium Unveils NITROX DPI Family of Layer 7 Content Processors

Cavium Networks introduced its NITROX DPI CN17XX Layer 7 Content Processor Family, offering 4Gbps to 20 Gbps of deterministic performance with low latency and support for an unlimited number of pattern rule-sets and flows. Target applications include application level firewalls, intrusion prevention (IPS), gateway anti-virus, unified threat management and content-based QoS in routers, switches, appliances and services blades for the Enterprise, Datacenter and Service Provider markets. Both silicon products as well as production-ready boards with extensive software support are available.

Cavium said its NITROX DPI CN17XX processor family, which are based on its 3rd generation Deep Packet Inspection technology, delivers deterministic, low-latency without compromising the number of pattern rules or flows. The company's first and second generation Deep Packet Inspection technology is integrated into the OCTEON and OCTEON Plus multi-core family of products and is already shipping in Tier 1 customer systems. Cavium's third generation DPI technology delivers several significant enhancements to reduce latency and increase performance. The high performance and scalability offered by these devices is enabled by the on-chip revolutionary Hyper Finite Automata (HFA) engines.

The NITROX DPI CN17XX processor and board family offers look-aside L7 content processing with PCI-Express connectivity. These processors offer up to 20 Gbps of performance and can be used in conjunction with the OCTEON family and other general purpose processors such as the x86 to increase DPI performance. The same engines are also integrated on Cavium's OCTEON II processor family, enabling seamless software migration from CN17XX family to OCTEON II. For future designs that need even higher performance, the CN17xx family can be used in conjunction with Cavium's high end OCTEON II processor family to deliver up to 40 Gbps performance.

The ability to use the HFA technology as a coprocessor as well as integrated in a CPU, with performance ranging from 4 Gbps -- 40 Gbps provides customers with the most flexible, scalable and highest performing L7 content processing solution in the marketplace. The NITROX DPI CN17XX family includes four different products.

TI Reports Q2 Revenue of $2.46 Billion, Better Trends

Texas Instruments (TI) announced second-quarter revenue of $2.46 billion, net income of $260 million and earnings per share (EPS) of $0.20. TI's revenue declined 27 percent compared with the second quarter of 2008 and increased 18 percent compared with the first quarter of 2009. The decline from a year ago was the result of broad-based declines across all segments. The increase from the prior quarter was primarily due to strength in TI's Analog segment as well as a seasonal increase in calculators. Revenue was up sequentially in all segments.

"After sharp inventory corrections in our markets during the prior two quarters, our revenue levels are beginning to more closely reflect end demand," said TI Chairman, President and CEO Rich Templeton. "As it will likely take some time before the economy strengthens, we have aligned our operations and expenses to be consistent with the weak environment. As a result, we are seeing healthy trends in our profitability.

"Analog was the biggest driver of sequential growth this quarter with all three major businesses contributing. Of particular note, our High-Volume Analog & Logic business is now showing early signs of progress from our efforts over the past couple of years to reinvigorate growth."

Ceragon Posts Revenue of $42 million, Down 24% YoY

Ceragon Networks, which supplies high-capacity Ethernet and TDM wireless backhaul solutions, reported Q2 revenues of $42.2 million, down 24% from $55.2 million for the second quarter of 2008 and 4% from $43.9 million in the first quarter of 2009. Net income (GAAP) was $0.2 million or $0.01 per basic share and diluted share, compared to net income of $15.5 million in the second quarter of 2008, or $0.42 per basic share and $0.40 per diluted share.

"Our confidence in the long term outlook for our business is supported by a significant increase in new orders during Q2," said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. "These new orders continue to reflect improving demand from the expansion of GSM networks in India to accommodate record subscriber growth. Meanwhile, worldwide business conditions remain challenging with long sales cycles as our customers continue to focus on retaining cash. We expect to see gradual improvement during the second half of 2009, led by continued strength from Asia. Longer term, we expect to benefit from improving demand in all regions, particularly for solutions that support the migration of cellular networks to IP-based architecture to accommodate the explosion of mobile data usage."

Denmark Prepares to Auction 2.5 GHz Spectrum

Denmark's Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation (National IT and Telecom Agency) has launched a public consultation on the auction of 2.5GHz spectrum. A total of 205MHz of spectrum will be auctioned: 190MHz in the 2.5GHz band (2500--2690MHz) and 15MHz in the 2010MHz band (2010--2025MHz).

The spectrum, which will be auctioned on a national basis, is suitable for providing 4G wireless broadband services based on standards such as LTE (Long Term Evolution) and WiMAX.

The licenses granted to the winning bidders will allow them to deploy their own choice of technology (provided it does not cause interference to other spectrum users) and offer any type of service.

The auction is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2010 and will be conducted electronically.

Qwest Launches 40/20 Mbps VDLS2 Service

Qwest Communications introduced a high-speed Internet service delivering downstream connection speeds of 40 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps. The service leverages VDSL2 technology and is available for qualifying residential and small-business customers in Qwest territory.

Qwest has started to roll out these services on a limited basis in certain locations within its fiber-optic-fast Internet footprint, including Denver, Tucson, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In the coming months, Qwest plans to introduce these services to select areas within 23 markets, including markets in New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Pricing is as follows:

  • Connection speeds of 40 Mbps downstream with 5 Mbps upstream, starting at $99.99 a month for the first 12 months when combined with a qualifying home phone package.

  • Connection speeds of 40 Mbps downstream with 20 Mbps upstream, starting at $109.99 a month for the first 12 months when combined with a qualifying home phone package.

  • An introductory rate of $5 more a month for qualified customers with 7 Mbps, 12 Mbps or 20 Mbps speed tiers who upgrade to 5 Mbps upstream speeds.

Qwest noted that its fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) deployment has reached more 2 million potential customers in its local service region.

Canada's Globalive Wireless Selects NSN for 3G

Globalive Wireless Management Corp., Canada's newest wireless network, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to build a greenfield 3G network.

Under the turnkey contract, the network rollout will be based on an advanced and cost-effective Build-Operate-Transfer solution (BOT) which will enable Globalive to offer new, high-quality consumer services quickly. Nokia Siemens Networks will provide Globalive with hardware and software such as the future proof, LTE-compliant Flexi Multimode Base Station, Radio Network Controller, and Network Management and Service Assurance Operating Support Systems, along with a range of services including turnkey site acquisition and construction, network integration and implementation, optimization and managed services.

With this contract, Nokia Siemens Networks now offers its products and services to four wireless service providers in Canada.

Alvarion and Linkem Build Mobile WiMAX for 2009 World Swimming Championship

Alvarion and Italian telecommunications company Linkem are providing wireless broadband coverage for the 13th annual world swimming championship in Rome from July 17th through August 2nd. Linkem was recently selected by the championship's organizing committee to create a wireless network using WiMAX and Wi-Fi technologies in both the indoor and outdoor areas of Rome's Olympic Village. The network will provide coverage to an area of roughly 70,000 m². About 400,000 visitors, including over 1,800 journalists, from over 180 countries are expected to attend the championship at the Foro Italico stadium and enjoy a true 4G services.

The primary end user devices used for accessing the WiMAX service will include Alvarion's recently launched BreezeMAX USB device and indoor CPE. Alvarion will also enable TV coverage in the Hospitality Village booth through an outdoor CPE and camera on WiMAX feed.

BT to Deliver Microsoft Online Services to Large Enterprises

BT announced an agreement with Microsoft to market and deliver Microsoft Online Services to business customers, giving them access to integrated cloud computing and collaboration services. This will make BT the first telecommunications and network IT services provider to resell the Dedicated Business Productivity Online Suite to enterprise organisations.

BT customers will have access to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite, including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Communications Online and Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

BT said that by integrating Microsoft's product suite into its 21CN global, software-driven customer network, it will be able to provide customers with a fully-hosted managed service, ensuring higher quality of service levels and guaranteed network performance.
By embedding the Business Productivity Online Suite into BT's multi-protocol layer switching networks, customers will have access to a fully hosted service, including power, performance management, maintenance and software upgrades. BT will deliver a full integration with its Global Onevoice service later in the year, leveraging the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) capabilities within its leading voice Virtual Private Network platform.

PMC-Sierra Debuts OTN Access Solution Supporting Carrier Ethernet, SONET/SDH

PMC-Sierra introduced an innovative multi-service silicon solution that enables the convergence of high-bandwidth data, video and voice services over Optical Transport Network (ITU-T G.709 OTN) based metro infrastructures. To date, development of OTN, which is seen as the eventual replacement technology for SONET/SDH, has mainly focused on core applications. PMC-Sierra's new HyPHY Family aims to enable low-power, cost-effective service gateways with simultaneous protocol support for Carrier Ethernet, video, Storage Area Network (SAN), OTN and SONET/SDH at the network edge.

Specifically, PMC-Sierra's new HyPHY 20G delivers high capacity framing, mapping and multiplexing of Carrier Ethernet, SAN, OTN, transparent bit services such as video, and SONET/SDH to allow Carriers to reduce the number of network elements, while incrementally adding bandwidth or changing service mix per node without forklift upgrades. The platform provides client-agnostic, rate-agile Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) and 10 Gigabit pluggable (XFP or SFP+) interfaces and a set of flexible system interfaces for networking to a variety of switch fabric architectures. HyPHY 10G provides a lower density option for optical platforms. The HyPHY family integrates high-performance mixed-signal analog and media access control, along with numerous features, including:

  • True per-port rate and protocol flexibility: Independent, rate-agile SERDES for direct connect to SFP, SFP+ and XFP optical modules, reducing cost, power and footprint;

  • Multi-Service Muxponder: Single chip add-drop for both OTN and SONET/SDH;

  • Efficient Fiber Utilization: First to market with integrated support for sub-ODU1 mapping of GE or other low speed client services; and

  • Carrier Ethernet: First to market with integrated support for Timing over Packet (IEEE 1588 and SynchE) and Ethernet Link OAM required in mobile backhaul.

  • The PM5420 HyPHY 20G and PM5426 HyPHY 10G devices are sampling now to select customers in 40mm x 40mm 1517 ball FCBGA packages.

Avaya to Acquire Nortel's Enterprise Business for $475 Million

Avaya agreed to acquire Nortel's enterprise solutions business for US$475 million. The deal includes substantially all of the assets of Nortel Enterprise Solutions business globally as well as the shares of Nortel Government Solutions Incorporated (NGS) and DiamondWare, Ltd.

Avaya described the acquisition as significant step in strengthening its leadership in business communications and positioning the company to effectively deliver industry leading enterprise communications solutions to customers around the globe.

"The addition of Nortel Enterprise Solutions will increase Avaya's global scale, expand our channel partner network, and strengthen our world-class portfolio of products and services," said Kevin Kennedy, president and CEO, Avaya. "This is a strategic opportunity to acquire talent and complementary assets that position the combined company for growth and success. We are committed to protecting the communications investments of the customers of Avaya and Nortel, and to effectively executing the integration of Nortel Enterprise Solutions and Avaya."

Nortel's CEO Mike Zafirovski described the deal is the best path forward to maximize the value in Nortel while preserving jobs.

Bell Canada, which is the largest reseller of Avaya and Nortel equipment to Canadian business, said it was pleased with the proposed transaction.

The transaction is subject to a competitive bidding process and requires the approval of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Avaya expects that hearings before those courts to approve bidding procedures will be held within the next couple of weeks, followed by an auction, with hearings for approval of the ultimate sale to be held thereafter.

In EMEA, Avaya has entered into an agreement with the Joint Administrators, on behalf of the EMEA entities for which they have been appointed and the transaction is subject to information and consultation with employee representatives and approval of the courts in France and Israel. The transaction is also subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of necessary regulatory approvals.
  • In June 2009, Nokia Siemens Networks agreed to acquire Nortel's key wireless assets for $650 million. The deal brings together the assets of the two companies in the field of mobile radio access, especially in CDMA, where Nortel is a leading supplier. The acquisition of Nortel's profitable CDMA business would significantly improve Nokia Siemens Networks' presence in North America and make it a leading supplier of wireless infrastructure products in the region.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

NTT Com to Offer Wide-area Ethernet via Broadband

NTT Communications is launching a wide-area Ethernet service for enterprise customers across Japan that uses inexpensive broadband IP access lines. The service, named Group-Ether, is a best-effort service offering low-cost nationwide network coverage by taking advantage of broadband access lines that NTT Com's sister companies NTT East and NTT West provide with certain versions of their FLET'S-branded Internet access services. The service launches this week.

Group-Ether provides a Layer 2 connectivity, giving users flexibility in choosing their network's design and communications protocol. NTT Com will provide one-stop service covering applications, billing and troubleshooting, as well as FLET'S access line, dedicated converter and network. The service fee will vary depending on the type of service, bandwidth and access line. In the case of a Main-Category service type using Economy Plan bandwidth and a FLET'S Hikari Next Family Type access line, the monthly service fee will be 18,900 yen (tax included).

NTT Com already offers a wide-area Ethernet service, named e-VLAN, with guaranteed quality and burstable bandwidth, suited to large facilities requiring high-end network performance. The addition of Group-Ether will give customers a relatively low-cost alternative for smaller offices and facilities where network requirements are less demanding. Offices will be able to interconnect their e-VLAN and Group-Ether networks from the third quarter of 2009.

HP Acquires IBRIX to Extend Scale-out Storage Capabilities

HP has agreed to acquire IBRIX, a leading provider of enterprise-class file serving software that includes data protection, high-availability features and data management services for extreme scale-out, cloud and high-performance computing deployments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

IBRIX's solutions allow enterprises to scale their storage to tens of petabytes. The data management capability of IBRIX's Fusion software suite also allows customers to seamlessly add capacity as their data or performance needs grow. IBRIX's software is currently available with HP StorageWorks storage area networks (SANs), HP ProLiant servers, HP BladeSystem, and HP ProCurve Ethernet switches and management software.

Founded in 2000, and an HP partner for three years, IBRIX is privately held and headquartered in Billerica, Mass. It has 53 employees and more than 175 enterprise customers spanning the communications, media, entertainment, Internet, oil and gas, healthcare, life sciences, and financial services markets.

Verizon Business Wins J.D. Power and Associates Award for Enterprise Voice

J.D. Power and Associates, which recently gave Verizon Business a leading ranking for customer satisfaction among large-enterprise data service customers, has now ranked Verizon Business highest in overall customer satisfaction among large-enterprise voice services providers.

Respondents to J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Study - Voice Services determined that Verizon Business sets the benchmark for five of the six factors used to measure customer satisfaction: performance and reliability, sales representatives/account executives, billing, cost of service, and offerings and promotions. Verizon Business' overall score of 684 on a scale of 1,000 was 22 points higher than the large-enterprise segment average score, and the company ranked particularly high in both the offerings and promotions and billing factors.

Horry Telephone Selects Occam

Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC) of South Carolina will expand its deployment of Occam Networks' DSL technology as part of its strategy to push greater bandwidth capability deeper into the network. HTC utilizes Occam's BLC 6000 multi service access platform (MSAP) and remote terminal cabinets (RTC) for delivery of DSL based broadband and lifeline POTS in its service area. To extend broadband availability to select unserved rural areas, HTC plans to deploy additional BLC 6000 equipment and RTC cabinets deeper into its network, thereby continuing to shorten loop lengths.

HTC and HTC Communications operate more than 96,000 access lines and serve both business and residential customers.

Internet Society: IPv6 is Next Big Step

The Internet Society, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific IPv6 Task Force and the Malaysian National Advanced IPv6 Centre of Excellence, the INET Asia Regional Conference, is hosting a conference in Kuala Lumpur this week under the theme "IPv6: The next step". The high-level event seeks to build awareness that the free pool of IPv4 addresses will be depleted within a couple of years and that the need to increase deployment of the far more abundant IPv6 addresses is growing everyday.

"The technical community has been pushing for the move to IPv6 for many years now," explained Rajnesh Singh, manager of the Internet Society's Regional Bureau for Asia. "In the last year or so, the need to deploy IPv6 has become an issue that has received widespread media and public attention, and the level of awareness on IPv4 to IPv6 transition issues has now become mainstream."

A high-level event such this highlights the potential for business, industry, and governments in this region to show strong leadership in the next stage of global IPv6 The INET Asia Regional Conference is on 20 July 2009, at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel and Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 09:00 -- 17:50 (UTC+8).

IEEE Develops First Ethernet Standard (P802.3az)for Power Reduction

The IEEE 802.3 Working Group has advanced the IEEE P802.3az Energy-Efficient Ethernet standard to Working Group ballot. The standard project is now on plan to meet its target September 2010 approval as a standard by the IEEE-SA Standards Board.

IEEE P802.3az will be known by its full name of "IEEE Standard for Information Technology - Telecommunications and Information Exchange Between Systems - Local and Metropolitan Area Networks - Specific Requirements Part 3: Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection (CSMA/CD) Access Method and Physical Layer Specifications - Amendment: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for Energy-Efficient Ethernet."

When completed, the project will extend the existing IEEE Std 802.3 Ethernet standard to facilitate transition to and from lower power consumption in response to changes in network demand for twisted-pair and backplane PHYs. IEEE P802.3az will provide end-users with the ability to reduce energy used by network equipment.

"This is the first project in the history of Ethernet aimed specifically at reducing energy use," says Michael Bennett, Senior Network Engineer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Chair, IEEE P802.3az, Energy Efficient Ethernet Task Force. "IT managers are faced with ongoing pressures to balance energy use and reduce energy costs. Reaching this milestone is an important step towards providing network designers with additional tools to reduce energy consumption."

"Market pressure and legislative action worldwide are demanding improvements in the energy efficiency of networked systems," says David Law, Consultant Engineer, 3Com and Chair for the IEEE 802.3 Working Group. "The capabilities provided by the IEEE P802.3az extension will be important as Ethernet becomes an enabler for low-duty cycle, consumer-class applications. Additionally it will enable new system-level energy management techniques that will save energy beyond the network interface."

Solara Launches Global, 2-Way Handheld Interactive Satellite Text Messenger

Solara Remote Data Delivery released an interactive text messenger with automatic GPS tracking and 2-way communications from anywhere on Earth. The Solara Field Tracker 2100 operates over the Iridium satellite network, making it the only handheld device with on-screen interactive text messaging and GPS tracking with truly global coverage.

The Field Tracker 2100 puts automatic position reporting, bidirectional text messaging, GPS utility functions and an intuitive 2-way Emergency Alert notification system into the palm of the hand with this small, lightweight unit. The Field Tracker 2100 incorporates an Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) modem, making its reliable, two-way, low-latency Iridium-based service available globally. Built-in power saving features allow users to simply turn it on and let it run automatically for days, even weeks, depending on the user's configuration choices. The comprehensive 2-way Emergency Alert notification system uniquely communicates the nature and severity of an emergency.

The secure, online Web-based client interface for the Field Tracker 2100 includes tracking of multiple units with online maps, reading and sending text messages to individual Field Tracker 2100 units and the ability to broadcast to multiple units. Forwarding of text messages by email and automated telephone contact anywhere in the world are standard features of the Solara Web-based client interface. Units can be remotely controlled, including changing the time interval between position message transmissions.

Nokia Sells its Symbian Professional Services Group to Accenture

Accenture has agreed to acquire Nokia's Symbian Professional Services unit, which is responsible for Symbian OS customer engineering and customer support. The unit provides engineering consulting and product development services on a global basis to mobile phone manufacturers, as well as chip manufacturers and mobile operators.

Services provided by the Symbian Professional Services teams include advanced technical support, techniques for enhancing performance, memory, and power, advanced error diagnosis and repair, and turnkey software development services that can be used in a range of technical environments.

Approximately 165 people will transfer to Accenture as a result of the agreement. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of third quarter 2009.

"The acquisition of the Symbian professional services unit will enhance Accenture's existing embedded software, product-development and testing skills to help players in the mobile solutions ecosystem address ever-more-demanding time-to-market and quality requirements," said Jean Laurent Poitou, managing director of Accenture's Electronics & High Tech industry group. "The capabilities we are acquiring from Nokia will help support the tremendous growth our clients can expect from the explosive adoption of converged mobile multimedia services and will expand Accenture's role as a key supplier of new tools, products and solutions to clients in this industry."

Extreme Networks Sees Revenue in Line With Analyst Estimates

Extreme Networks expects to report revenue between $79 million and $81 million for the quarter ended June 28, 2009 and a cash and investments balance as of that date of approximately $127 million. Earnings will be announced on July 30, 2009.

The company also today announced that Karen M. Rogge, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has tendered her resignation in order to pursue other opportunities. She will be replaced by Bob L. Corey.