Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TI Boosts Q3 Business Outlook

Texas Instruments raised and narrowed its expected ranges for revenue and earnings per share (EPS) for Q3 2009. The company currently expects its financial results to fall within the following ranges: The company now expects:
  • Revenue: $2.73 - $2.87 billion, compared with the prior range of $2.50 - $2.80 billion.

  • EPS: $0.37 - $0.41, compared with the prior range of $0.29 - $0.39.


Comcast Launches its First 100 Mbps Internet Service

For the first time, Comcast launched a 100 Mbps high-speed Internet service to businesses. The service, which is available in the Twin Cities region, offers upload speed of 15 Mbps and is based on DOCSIS 3.0 technology.

The 100 Mbps service is a comprehensive business solution that includes Microsoft Communication Services productivity suite (Windows SharePoint and Microsoft Outlook email powered by Microsoft Exchange Server ) for no additional fee. In addition, the service includes McAfee's Security Suite software that protects up to 25 PCs from viruses and spyware. There are a range of other Web site hosting, design features and options available as well.

Wavesat's LTE Chipset Boasts 100 Mbps Downlink Capability

Wavesat is preparing to launch its new Odyssey 9000 family of LTE chipsets boasting 100 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink performance for mobile devices such as USB dongles, data cards, mobile handsets and MIDs.

The Odyssey 9000 family of chipsets incorporates a unique hybrid architecture with a combination of highly efficient DSPs and hardware acceleration blocks. Wavesat said it will be able to scale to support CAT-4 (150 Mbps downlink) devices. The first LTE baseband processor in the Odyssey 9000 family, the OD9010, will sample in October 2009, and will come complete with an LTE protocol stack including MAC, RLC, PDCP, RRC and NAS layers, as well as a ready to manufacture reference design. A follow-on dual-mode chip, the OD9050, is scheduled to sample by mid-2010 and will offer both 3G and LTE on the same chipset.

Source Photonics Announces 10GE-PON Solution

Source Photonics announced the industry's first version 10G EPON ONU module in the SFP+ form factor. The module meets the 10/1G Base PRX30 optical interface requirements and SFF-8431 MSA. The transmitter side real time signal strength indication and digital diagnostic interface provide advanced features for module applications. The 10G EPON ONU in the SFP+ form factor is ideal to address the low power consumption requirement of Fiber to the Business/Node/Curb (FTTB/N/C) business applications.

To complete the end-to-end PON solution, Source Photonics also announced the industry's first 10G EPON Optical Line Terminal (OLT) module in the XFP form factor. The transceiver meets MSA standard XFP form factor and 10/1G Base PRX30 optical interface requirements. The module is based on the first 10G EPON XMD BOSA structure in the industry and can support 10G commercial application requirements.

Dell'Oro: Set-top Box Revenues Contract Slightly in Q2 2009

Strength in the satellite and IP set-top box (STB) markets could not offset a contraction in the cable market that caused the overall STB market to decline 2 percent during the second quarter, according to a newly published report from Dell'Oro Group.

The cable market, dominated by North America, is in the midst of a correction after two years of increases fueled primarily by: (1) United States Federal Communications Commission's separable security mandate and (2) increased distribution of lower-end products by cable MSOs wanting to convert analog and terrestrial broadcast consumers to low-end digital cable services.

"Although the cable market took the brunt during the quarter, both cable and satellite operators in North America are experiencing increased competition from telecom/IP operators, as well as suffering from a poor economic environment, in which consumers have been trimming purchases of premium channel and video-on-demand services," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group.

Dell'Oro: Business VoIP Boosts Carrier IP Telephony in Q2

The carrier IP telephony market rose 7 percent sequentially in the second quarter of 2009, to $737 million, as service providers replenished equipment and license inventories and purchased infrastructure to serve near-term customer needs, according to a recent report from Dell'Oro Group.

According to the report, several smaller market players with limited exposure to large network upgrade projects, such as AudioCodes, MetaSwitch, and Veraz, gained share in the second quarter. Nortel regained the top market position during the quarter; however, some of its larger competitors, such as Huawei and Nokia Siemens, that have a relatively high degree of exposure to large network modernization projects, lost share.

"Although the weak economy and lack of confidence in business conditions have severely reduced spending on network modernization projects, subscriber facing equipment has seen only a modest negative impact, and business voice-over-broadband licenses on both softswitches and voice application servers remain a bright spot," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "During the quarter, softswitch IP business trunk, including SIP trunk, license shipments increased 33 percent during the second quarter and business voice or IP Centrex license shipments on voice application servers grew 85 percent," he added.


Cisco Debuts One Screen, One-Camera TelePresence System

Cisco unveiled a one-screen, one-camera Cisco TelePresence system for multipurpose conference rooms. The system targets branch offices or other areas where deployment over a T-1/E-1 or broadband Internet connection is suitable.
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The new Cisco TelePresence System 1100 uses the standard 65-inch plasma screen and fits in small, general-use meeting rooms. When not being used for virtual meetings, it also functions as a high-quality audio conferencing device, as an auxiliary display for presentations, or as a digital sign, utilizing integrated Cisco Digital Media Player functionality.

The Cisco TelePresence System 1100 uses the same industrial design as the Cisco TelePresence System 1300 Series. It interoperates with standards-based video conferencing at SD and HD resolutions, and Web-based conferencing applications such as Cisco WebEx.

Cisco noted that AT&T, BT, Orange, NTT, Tata Communications, Telefonica, Telstra, and most recently Telmex, have all announced commercial intercompany Cisco TelePresence services, enabling the more than 350 organizations that have already selected Cisco TelePresence.

Force10 Gains JITC Approval for DoD Networks

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has listed Force10 Networks' Adit 600 Converged Services Access Gateway on the Unified Capabilities Approved Products List (UCAPL). This listing results from extensive security and interoperability certification testing performed by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) at their Ft. Huachuca, AZ, facility. http://www.force10networks.com

Opulan and Xelerated Partner on EPON for China

Xelerated and Opulan announced a partnership to deliver EPON solutions for the Chinese market. The alliance combines Xelerated's AX family of programmable Ethernet switches with Opulan's 10G EPON technologies. Designed to meet China Telecom EPON technical specifications, Opulan's EPON OLT device provides advanced broadband access architecture fully in compliance with TR-156 and CTC standards. The Xelerated AX family of Ethernet switches complements this high-speed access with its wirespeed data flow architecture in addition to its programmable packet processing and advanced traffic management support -- presenting an ideal combination for emerging high-volume FTTx deployments in China.

Infonetics: Mobile Service Revenue to Hit $877 Billion in 2010

Revenue service providers collect from cellular services hit $624 billion in 2008 (up 13% from 2007), and is expected to top $877 billion by 2010, according to a new report from Infonetics. Growth is being fueled largely by mobile broadband, which is expected to more than double in revenue between 2009 and 2013.

Some other highlights of the report:

  • While service provider revenue from mobile broadband and SMS/MMS (text messaging / multimedia messaging) services is growing rapidly, voice service continues to make up the large majority of service provider revenue

  • Voice service revenue will grow slowly through 2013, driven by continuing mobile subscriber growth in developing countries and the gradual move from fixed to mobile voice in developed countries

  • LTE service revenue is forecast to grow fast, reaching $41.7 billion in 2013, with the majority coming from North America by 2012, due to Verizon's then AT&T's LTE deployments

  • Asia Pacific leads the mobile broadband race, led by early 3G adopters in Australia, Japan, and South Korea

  • By 2013, W-CDMA/HSPA service revenue will be almost 5 times that of CDMA 1xEV-DO, as the majority of worldwide mobile subscribers are on GSM networks

  • The number of mobile broadband subscribers is forecast by Infonetics to hit 1 billion by 2013

"There is no question that mobile broadband services represent the next big wave of revenue for mobile operators. But make no mistake: voice service is not going away and will keep its lion's share of operator revenue for the foreseeable future, even as mobile operators diversify revenue streams," observes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.

Verizon Operations Center Earns Energy Star Rating

Verizon's operations center in Basking Ridge, N.J., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star rating, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection.

To qualify, the 1.4 million-square-foot facility, which houses about 3,000 employees, had to place among the top 25 percent of the most energy-efficient facilities in the U.S. Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star rating use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less CO2. Verizon's Basking Ridge facility uses temperature sensors and energy-management systems to monitor heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Other automated lighting systems are in place.

Verizon noted that it now operates 46 Energy Star-rated facilities, including many retail stores across the country.

ShoreTel Offers Skype-for-SIP Interoperability

Skype and ShoreTel, announced interoperability between ShoreTel's UC system and the beta version of Skype for SIP. ShoreTel is the world's first UC vendor to achieve interoperability with Skype for SIP. The nearly 11,000 ShoreTel enterprise customers can now register to try Skype for SIP in beta, giving them the opportunity to save money, save time and stay ahead by integrating Skype into their communications portfolios.

Skype for SIP allows ShoreTel's business customers and their employees to receive inbound calls through their ShoreTel SIP-enabled UC system from more than 400 million registered Skype users around the world at no cost to the Skype user. In addition, organizations using ShoreTel can reduce their costs further by directing outbound calls from devices connected to the ShoreTel UC system via Skype for SIP to landlines and mobile devices worldwide at low Skype rates. Organizations that use ShoreTel with Skype for SIP may also purchase and associate online Skype numbers, currently available in more than 25 countries, with their ShoreTel UC system to receive inbound calls from landline and mobile phones. http://www.skypeforsip.com

AT&T Confirms HSPA 7.2 Rollout in Six Cities in '09

AT&T confirmed its rollout plans for High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology, saying it will begin deployment of HSPA 7.2 in six major U.S. cities, including Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, with initial service availability expected in these markets by the end of the year. All told, the company plans to deploy HSPA 7.2 in 25 of the nation's 30 largest markets by the end of 2010, and to reach about 90 percent of its existing 3G network footprint with HSPA 7.2 by the end of 2011. The upgraded network platform allows for theoretical peak speeds of 7.2Mbps. Typical real-world downlink and uplink speeds will be lower.

AT&T expects to have six HSPA 7.2-compatible smartphones in its device portfolio by the end of the year, as well as two new LaptopConnect cards.

To support its HSPA 7.2 initiative, AT&T is deploying additional backhaul capacity to cell sites. This backhaul capacity, including thousands of new connections this year, is being designed to support not only HSPA 7.2, but also 4G LTE, which AT&T plans to begin trialing in 2010 and deploying in 2011.

"Our deployment of HSPA 7.2 and supporting backhaul connectivity will enable our customers to continue to ride the leading edge of emerging devices and thousands of mobile applications," said John Stankey, president and CEO, AT&T Operations. "Our network is based on the predominant technology platform used by operators worldwide and has been tested by today's most popular devices. That experience gives us an important advantage in developing and deploying new technologies to meet customers' future needs."

The HSPA network upgrades are part of the company's stated plans to invest between $17 billion and $18 billion this year, more than two-thirds of which is going toward broadband and wireless. Other key projects include:

  • An initiative to substantially expand the wireless spectrum serving 3G customers in hundreds of markets across the country, using high-quality 850 MHz spectrum.

  • Addition of about 2,000 new cell sites in 2009

  • Enabling widespread access to the AT&T Wi-Fi network -- the largest in the country with more than 20,000 hotspots in all 50 states

  • Preparation for field trials of 4G LTE wireless networks next year

Motorola Unveils its Evolved Packet Core for LTE

Motorola introduced its LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution - the Wireless Broadband Core (WBC) 700 portfolio -- designed to give network operators the flexibility, performance and capacity they'll need to effectively operate their future LTE networks.

The Motorola WBC 700 solution is comprised of Motorola's mobility management entity (MME), packet and serving gateways (P-GW and S-GW), and a policy and charging rules function server (PCRF).

Motorola's WBC 700 solution leverages a dedicated control and bearer core architecture. The company said it is engineered to scale independently for data traffic or mobility in line with the EPC standard functional architecture. The MME leverages Motorola's hardware, software and expertise gained from its CDMA IP-BSC DO and mobile IP controller.

Motorola's WBC 700 solution also features best-in-breed elements from third-party companies, including a purpose-built intelligent multi-technology gateway platform which serves as both the P-GW and S-GW, and a PCRF that uses a smart approach to policy enforcement to deliver a compelling end-to-end EPC solution.

"LTE will be about personal media, with the ability to access all of your content, share it and take it with you wherever you go," said Fred Gabbard, vice president, product management, Wireless Networks, Home & Networks Mobility. "Building upon Motorola's mobile broadband experience in OFDM network deployments, Motorola's WBC 700 portfolio completes our end-to-end LTE solution, enabling us to provide a seamless and flexible path to LTE with a high degree of future proofing for the service provider at a reduced cost of ownership."

Motorola expects its EPC solution to be available in late 2009.
  • Earlier this summer, Motorola announced that it has been selected by KDDI as a key development vendor to help develop and implement KDDI's nationwide LTE network.

  • Motorola's LTE solution is comprised of its OFDM broadband platform and a selection of radio options that include MIMO and smart antennas. It also features Motorola's advanced self-organizing network (SON) solution. Motorola's WBR 500 series LTE eNodeB offers flexible deployment options with frame based-mounted radios, remote radio heads and tower top radios to support a wide variety of LTE deployment scenarios across numerous spectrum bands to meet the needs of the global market. Motorola's LTE portfolio also includes the EPC, backhaul, network management solutions, video solutions that monetize LTE investment, and a portfolio of professional services.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Atheros to Acquire Intellon for Powerline + SmartGrid Technology

Atheros Communications agreed to acquire Intellon Corporation in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $244 million, or $181 million net of Intellon's cash and investments.

Intellon, which is based in Orlando, Florida, specializes in powerline communications, providing HomePlug compliant and other powerline integrated circuits for home networking, networked entertainment, BPL access, Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC), smart grid management and other commercial applications. Intellon created and patented the baseline technology for HomePlug 1.0, and is a major contributor to the baseline technology for the 200-Mbps PHY-rate HomePlug AV powerline standard and the draft IEEE P1901 powerline standard. The company has sold more than 34 million HomePlug-based ICs to date.

Atheros said the deal represents another significant step in its mission to enable the very best connectivity experiences across the networking, computing and mobile device markets.
Atheros expects to close the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2009, subject to Intellon shareholder approval as well as customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Atheros Boosts Q3 Guidance, Revenue Expected to Jump 29-34% over Q2
Atheros Communications updated its revenue and earnings guidance for its third quarter of 2009, saying it now revenue to range between $145 million and $150 million, a sequential increase of 29 to 34 percent from the company's second quarter revenue of $112.2 million and 5 to 9 percent higher than the company's record revenue of $138.1 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2008. The company's previous guidance for the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2009 was for revenue to be up 15 to 20 percent from second quarter revenue, resulting in a revenue range of $129.0 million to $134.6 million.

ECI Telecom Tests DSL Dynamic Spectrum Management

ECI Telecom has completed the first customer tests of its Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) L3 technology with three leading European Tier-1 operators.

The testing demonstrated that DSM L3 technology practically eliminates crosstalk interference between twisted pair copper wires so that the highest-speed DSL services can be more efficiently provided over longer distances in existing copper access loops. Specifically, ECI Telecom said that its testing shows that DSM L3 can triple the range of VDSL service reach -- enabling operators, for example, to stretch 30 Mbps upstream service from 150m (approximately. 500ft) to more than 450m (approximately. 1,500ft), effectively multiplying the VDSL coverage area of existing equipment by more than 900%

ECI believes DSM L3 technology could lead to a significant change in the economics of high volume DSL traffic. The company is a founding member of the iSMART consortium, which was established in 2006 to develop and materialize the next generation DSL access technology and solutions, based on Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM). The consortium is a joint program of leading telecom vendors and senior researchers, together with Israeli and European operators. It is supported by the Magnet program of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of Israel's Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Juniper + NSN Carrier Ethernet Joint Venture Moves Ahead

The Carrier Ethernet joint venture between Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks has cleared regulatory reviews. The company has been incorporated in Amsterdam under the name "Carrier Ethernet Solutions B.V." and will be owned 60 percent by Juniper Networks and 40 percent by Nokia Siemens Networks.

John Stewart, previously vice president and general manager of the Mobility and Circuit Emulation Business Unit at Juniper Networks, will lead the joint venture company as Chief Executive Officer. Ton van den Boom, previously senior manager in finance and control from Nokia Siemens Networks, will take on the role of Chief Financial Officer. The company will also have a supervisory board chaired by Manoj Leelanivas, senior vice president and general manager of the Edge and Aggregation Business Unit at Juniper Networks, while Bernd Schumacher, head of Broadband Connectivity Solutions at Nokia Siemens Networks, will serve as vice chairman.

The solution will consist of Juniper Networks MX Series Ethernet Services Routers and Nokia Siemens Networks' A-series Carrier Ethernet Switches and end-to-end network management system including "point-and-click" provisioning. The joint venture will integrate these components into a seamless and fully-tested end-to-end solution. The plans call for the new solutions to be sold by both companies with a targeted introduction date of the first calendar quarter of 2010.

Actelis Lands New Funding as Deployments Grow

Actelis Networks, which specializes in Ethernet over copper solutions, announced a multi-million dollar funding boost from its investors to support its continued expansion in Europe and North America.

Actelis reports five consecutive years of growth, even during an economic downturn, including recent signing agreements with more than 20 additional new customers over the past two fiscal quarters in 2009.

In Europe, Actelis has signed new agreements with various CLECs and large incumbent network service providers, including NetCologne, Telekom Slovenije and France Telecom-Orange, the number three mobile operator and the number one provider of broadband Internet services in Europe. NetCologne, which is based in Cologne/Bonn, Germany, has deployed Actelis' carrier-class ML600 EADs and ML2300 Ethernet aggregation platforms, paired with SDU400 services module for full system redundancy, as an alternative to pulling new fiber. Cyberlink AG, which provides high-speed Internet services in Switzerland, has deployed the company's Ethernet Access Devices (EADs) and Ethernet aggregation platforms to deliver enhanced business-class broadband services at speeds in excess of 40 Mbps over existing copper lines. This represents an increase of nearly 50 percent in bandwidth capacity. Meanwhile, Telekom Slovenije, Slovenia's leading telecommunications carrier, has selected Actelis' Ethernet over copper solutions to deliver enhanced broadband voice and data services across the eastern European country. Telekom Slovenije is deploying Actelis' ML130 and ML2300 next-generation Ethernet aggregation platforms, along with the company's award-winning ML600 Ethernet Access Devices (EADs).

In the U.S., Actelis has been working closely with a number of large incumbent network operators as well as tier 2 and tier 3 independent operating carriers, providing ongoing support during their broadband stimulus application process. The company believes the new funding will enable it to take full advantage of opportunities presented from the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus, part of the Obama Administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Existing Actelis investors Adams Street Partners, ATA Ventures, Argonaut Ventures, Carlyle Venture Partners, Dupont Capital Management, Global Catalyst Partners, Individuals' Venture Fund, Saints Capital, smac | partners, T-Venture, Vertex Venture Capital and The Walden International Investment Group participated in this round of funding.

NEC Launches MPLS-TP Packet Transport Device

NEC introduced a next generation packet transport device that uses MPLS-TP to enable carrier networks to migrate to packet based networks.
The MN5000 series is designed for interworking IP and Ethernet with existing ATM and TDM networks. NEC said its new platform will assist with the migration of existing backhaul networks and metro/core networks to packet based next generation transport networks.

MN5000 Series shipments are scheduled to begin in December, 2009. NEC is showcasing the new platform at this week's Broadband World Forum 2009 in Paris.

MPLS-TP is being standardized through cooperation between the IETF and ITU-T.

Global Broadband Reaches 445 Million Lines

The total number of installed broadband lines has passed the 445 million mark, according to the latest projections from the Broadband Forum and data from Point Topic..

Global broadband grew by 12.9 million lines in the second quarter of 2009, while IPTV growth remained strong at 11 percent - reaching 26.9 million lines.

In the past twelve months, broadband subscription in Europe grew 13 per cent overall, to reach 135 million, which included an impressive growth of 29 per cent in the Eastern European territories. Europe is the second largest broadband region in the world, and holds four of the top 10 country spots as detailed below.

Europe continues to lead the IPTV success story with 13,631,074 subscribers, a 51 per cent growth over the twelve months leading up to July 2009. In the second quarter 2009, there was a healthy six per cent growth in Western Europe -- where France remains the "champion" IPTV country with more than seven million subscribers -- and 12 percent in Eastern Europe, where new services in countries such as Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Russia are in demand.

China continues its healthy growth, reaching 93,549,000 subscribers while Japan took the honors among the world's top ten countries -- being the only one to show an increased growth quarter on quarter over the last year. Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand and Hong Kong are also among countries where broadband growth continues to grow faster with each quarter.

Asia continues to play its part in the encouraging global growth of IPTV, adding approximately 2.9 million customers over the last year, and 1.2 million in the last quarter alone.

North America had total growth of 3.63 per cent and the USA and Canada between them now have more than 95 million broadband users.

In Latin America broadband now serves more than 29 million customers. Brazil, one of the global top 10 countries for broadband, showed solid gains at 4.02 percent - taking them to 23.3 per cent growth over the year, accounting for more than ten million of the region's users.

The Americas continue to show massive growth in IPTV, where over the last 12 months there has been an impressive increase of 86 per cent, partly due to a major commitment
by two of the region's leading operators. The Americas now have reached a major milestone in IPTV, serving over five million IPTV subscribers -- which represent nearly 20
per cent of IPTV penetration worldwide.

"This report shows that, while broadband adoption is not immune from the state of the world economy, the technology continues to move forward and I believe this year has shown that broadband expansion is not limited to the top industrialized countries, but is a key factor in assisting developing nations to gain a foothold in today's tough market," said George Dobrowski, Chairman and President of the Broadband Forum.