Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sprint Forms Small Business Specialty Team

Sprint has formed a new Small Business specialty team to sharpen the company's focus on the rapidly growing small business market segment. Sprint said it intends to capture a leading share of the segment's growth by dedicating resources, customizing products, and developing special offers for small business owners. This team will reside in Sprint's Business Markets Group, formed earlier this year. The Small Business team will serve as a single, common interface for all groups across Sprint that sell and serve small business clients to ensure consistent focus on addressing the unique needs of business owners and their employees. The Sprint groups include marketing, customer experience, product development and all channels that reach small business customers, including telesales, online/web, Sprint retail stores, and third-party retail partners.

Aicent Establishes First WiMAX Roaming Exchange

Aicent, which operates one of the world's largest GPRS and 3G network exchanges connecting to over 50 operators, US-based Clearwire, and Taiwan-based VMAX Telecom announced sucessfull internetwork roaming between WiMAX networks. Using Aicent's WiMAX Roaming eXchange (WRX), executives from Clearwire successfully used a USB dongle together with a username and password, as well as with embedded credentials from their company's 4G WiMAX service to gain access to the VMAX WiMAX network in Taiwan. This successful connection marks the first time international roaming between WiMAX networks has been achieved.

Aicent said that for roaming to be commercially viable, it has to be transparent and effortless to the end user. In this trial, VMAX wanted to ensure that subscribers from other WiMAX networks could take their equipment, in this case a USB modem that plugs into a laptop, and use the same username and password used for the home network to gain easy access to the VMAX network. The test also indicates that VMAX subscribers could likewise use their equipment, usernames and passwords to gain access to non-VMAX WiMAX networks.

"The future promise of WiMAX stretches beyond national borders to offer mobile data users the ability to connect wirelessly, at broadband speeds, wherever they may travel across the globe," said Ali Tabassi, Clearwire's Senior Vice President of Global Ecosystem and Standards. "The ability of WiMAX operators to work cooperatively in order to create seamless, simple and reliable international interoperability, as we have successfully demonstrated through Aicent's facilities, will be crucial to realizing the tremendous social and economic potential of a truly connected world."

VMAX Telecom was awarded a WiMAX operator permit for northern Taiwan by the National Communications Commission in July 2007. Investors include Tecom, Vibo Telecom, Intel Capital and Teco Electric & Machinery.

Separately, Aicent announced a similar roaming exchange with the Tatung InfoComm WiMAX network in Taiwan. Also in this trial, Tatung InfoComm wanted to ensure that subscribers from other WiMAX networks could use their equipment, in this case a USB dongle that plugs into a laptop, with the same username and password used for the home network to gain easy access to the Tatung InfoComm network. Tatung InfoComm is the first commercially-launched operator in Taiwan, beginning service in April this year in Penghu Island, then quickly expanding to Kaohsiung three months later in July.

ARRIS, Incognito Software and Teknovus Demonstrate DOCSIS EPON Provisioning

ARRIS introduced a new DOCSIS Control Interface for subscriber service provisioning and system management on EPON networks. ARRIS developed the solution in partnership with Incognito Software and Teknovus.

The DOCSIS Control Interface enables cable operators to seamlessly deploy symmetrical EPON for business services with their existing DOCSIS provisioning system, instead of creating separate back office functions.

ARRIS is showcasing interoperability of its DOCSIS Control Interface, with Incognito Software's Broadband Command Center, a key product in the DOCSIS device provisioning space. In turn, the ARRIS DOCSIS Control Interface incorporates middleware from Teknovus, a leading provider of EPON chips for the FTTx market.

"With the successful integration of our DOCSIS Control Interface with the Broadband Command Center for EPON deployment, we are able to successfully provision EPON devices in our cost-effective Converged Head-end Platform," said ARRIS Access & Transport VP and GM Peter Wolff. "This new functionality will enable cable operators to efficiently serve their customers through an FTTMax Gigabit EPON network."

Ericsson and Samsung Test LTE interoperability in Stockholm

Ericsson and Samsung successfully achieved interoperability between the world's first commercial LTE device from Samsung and the live network from Ericsson in Stockholm, Sweden. Through extensive testing in Stockholm, Samsung LTE dongles and Ericsson's infrastructure have complied with the industry standard for commercial deployment, 3GPP Release 8 March baseline. The end-to-end connection was provided via LTE FDD technology

"This is the first time a commercial, standard compliant LTE device demonstrated full interoperability with a live network. It is an important milestone for Ericsson and the mobile industry," stated Johan Wibergh, Senior Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson.

Extreme Networks Appoints Acting CEO, Announces Job Cuts

Extreme Networks announced the resignation of its CEO, Mark Canepa, along with a corporate restructuring and a reduction in its workforce.

Bob L. Corey has been appointed as acting CEO and that the company has initiated a search for a permanent CEO. Mark Canepa will remain with the company for a limited period of time to assist in the transition.

Extreme also announced a re-organization to streamline its operations and reduce recurring costs. As part of this restructuring, Extreme has reduced its workforce by approximately 70 employees or almost 9 percent of its worldwide workforce. The reductions have been completed and the Company anticipates it has lowered its operating expenses approximately $2.5 million per quarter.

Corey recently joined Extreme Networks as its Senior Vice President and CFO, after serving on Extreme Networks Board of Directors for approximately 6 years. Prior to Extreme Networks, Corey served in a variety of executive positions, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Thor Technologies, Inc. and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Documentum, Inc.

NSN Wins Managed Services Contract with Zain Nigeria

Nokia Siemens Networks has been awarded a managed services and care contract by Zain Nigeria. The agreement covers full network management, operations and maintenance, which will ensure network availability at all times across Nigeria. The management of the network will be handed over to Nokia Siemens Networks in mid-October, 2009.

Under the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide managed services for Zain's multi-vendor fiber and DWDM network in Nigeria which is 4000km long countrywide outside plant network. This includes overall network management, monitoring for fiber and DWDM via OSS, field maintenance on a 24 X 7 or 12 X 7 basis and tight service level assurance on response and rectification. Corrective and preventive maintenance will predict and prevent potential network problems to provide ongoing high network quality along with an efficient management of spare parts for fiber repairs within guaranteed response times.

European Commission Adopts 3G Spectrum Directive

The European Commission adopted a directive on spectrum allocations for mobile broadband. The measures open the GSM radio spectrum band to more advanced wireless communication devices, making it easier to adapt spectrum allocation in the 900 MHz frequency band.

Specifically, the new Commission decision sets out the technical parameters allowing for the co-existence of GSM (2G mobile phones) and UMTS systems (3G phones that add high-speed mobile internet to regular phone services) on GSM 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequencies.

National administrations have now six months to transpose the Directive and to implement the Decision so that the GSM spectrum bands are effectively made available for 3G.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

PMC-Sierra's Q3 Revenues Up 6% Sequentially to $130.9 million

PMC-Sierra reported Q3 2009 net revenues of $130.9 million, an increase of 6 percent compared to $123.2 million in the second quarter of 2009 and 6 percent lower than net revenues of $139.4 million reported in the third quarter of 2008. Net income (GAAP) was $27.8 million (GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.12) compared with net income of $7.8 million (GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.03) in the second quarter of 2009 and net income of $4.5 million (GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.02) in the third quarter of 2008.

"In the third quarter of 2009, we benefited from improved demand in our Storage business, led by the continued ramp in our new 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip device at H-P, as well as growth in our Microprocessor business," said Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC-Sierra. "This past quarter, we achieved the highest level of non-GAAP operating income in the last nine years on revenue that was 6 percent below peak quarterly revenue last year."

Juniper Posts Preliminary Q3 2009 Financial Results

5Juniper Networks reported preliminary Q3 net revenues of $823.9 million, up 5 from $786.4 million reported in the second quarter of 2009 and down 13% on a year-over-year basis. The company posted GAAP net income of $83.8 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $122.5 million, or $0.23 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2009.

"Juniper is driving execution and gaining momentum at a time when visibility in key areas of our business is beginning to improve,' said Kevin Johnson, Juniper's Chief Executive Officer. 'We are delivering on our R&D roadmap and customers are embracing our offer of integrated routing, switching and security on a common software platform -- JUNOS. Even as our optimism grows, macroeconomic conditions remain uncertain and we will continue to balance sound financial management with our investments in innovation and customer satisfaction.'

ZyXEL Announces Multi-Service VDSL2, 802.11n Wireless Gateway

ZyXEL Communications introduced a VDSL2 gateway with embedded 802.11n wireless technology. The gateway can automatically switch between high-speed VDSL over PTM and legacy ADSL2+ over ATM, allowing operators to use the one device for subscribers both inside and outside the VDSL2 loop. It also features TR069 for remote management, 802.11n wireless, 4-port switch and firewall .

Overture Interoperates with Cyan's Packet Optical Transport Platforms

Overture Networks has completed interoperability testing between its UTS4000 Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation solutions and Cyan's Z-Series multi-layer transport platforms. The Overture Intelligent edge enables fine-grain Ethernet service management and converged DS1 services to cell sites for 3G and 4G applications and to enterprise locations for IP and Ethernet service delivery. Cyan multi-layer transport platforms integrate DWDM, wavelength switching, and 1GigE/10GigE Ethernet switching into a large-scale transport and aggregation solution. The combined solution offers the following advantages:

  • Converged Ethernet and DS1 pseudowire services over a Native Ethernet infrastructure

  • Integrated Ethernet and DWDM transport/switching for increased CAPEX efficiency and scalability

  • High scalability and CAPEX savings for Native Ethernet aggregation vs. standalone Ethernet switches or SONET

Metaswitch Confirms IP Routing Protocol Software at UNH-IOL Lab

Metaswitch Networks has successfully completed a further round of multi-vendor interoperability testing at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) for all of its unicast and multicast IP Routing network protocol products -- covering the OSPFv2, OSPFv3, ISIS, RIP, BGP, PIM and IGMP/MLD protocols.

"Since the last major test round at UNH-IOL, the standards have been evolving, and we have been adding features and additional support to our products. Our customers -- including every major equipment vendor in the industry -- look to us to ensure ongoing compliance with the latest industry specifications, so that their products, in turn, are ready for deployment in the real world," said Jon Berger, Core Development Manager in Metaswitch's Network Protocols Division. "Our collaboration with UNH-IOL is therefore important for the industry as a whole, as it provides an important validation of our technology in an independent, vendor-neutral environment."http://www.iol.unh.edu

IP Infusion Announces ZebOS Internet Route Server

IP Infusion announced its ZebOS Internet Route Server -- a Linux-based platform that will enable service providers to remotely view, monitor, filter and track routes on their networks, thus mitigating Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking and other DOS attacks.

BGP hijacking exploits the framework of BGP Internet routing protocol for bad configuration that allows propagation of illegal routing information through BGP signaling, resulting in "black-holing" and disruption of services. The ZebOS Internet Route Server solution, paired with support for anti-BGP hijacking, provides a low-cost, robust and flexible implementation to manage critical routing information exchange as well as reduce or eliminate these attacks.

The ZebOS Internet Route Server will include a fully configured, out-of-the-box server, which will be delivered with the route server application loaded and can be used for route-viewing, monitoring and policy controlled route transmission in the control plane. Implementation of the ZebOS Internet Route Server supports instantiation of a BGP view for multiple clients that will allow network operators to easily group their BGP peers based on their actual requirements and assign unified policies for both inbound and outbound traffic.

"As global Internet traffic moves across different, autonomous systems, it is extremely important to ensure that the routes are properly monitored, managed and filtered among provider peers," said Koichi Narasaki, president and CEO, IP Infusion. "With our innovative ZebOS Internet Route Server, IP Infusion now offers scalable services for BGP monitoring, tracking and filtering of various routes at Internet exchanges. The ability for IP Infusion to offer a solution that eases concerns over network stability will provide a competitive edge to Internet service providers in their deployment of new, state-of-the-art, converged services."

Solera Provides Forensics for Simulated Cyber War

White Wolf Security, which organizes of live cyber warfare exercises, has selected Solera Networks to provide network forensics solutions for these simulated exercises.. Network forensics has become a key weapon in the cyber security arsenal, enabling rapid response in the event of a breach or attack. Acting like a camera in a bank, when a cyber attack occurs, network forensics solutions provide a complete record of all network activity to help determine the point of entry for the breach, what was affected, what data was compromised and the party that was responsible, often within hours.

Solera Networks supplies appliances that can capture and record all network traffic at 10 Gbps (as certified by Miercom Labs). This ensures a complete historical record of all network traffic. Solera Networks also offers a software-only version of its appliance for virtual environments and easy transport.

I.T.U. Approves Micro-USB Universal Phone Charger standard

The ITU approved an energy-efficient, Micro-USB one-charger-fits-all new mobile phone solution.
The standard is expected to significantly cut the number of chargers produced, shipped and subsequently discarded as new models become available, the new standard will mean users worldwide will be able to charge their mobiles anywhere from any available charger, while also reducing the energy consumed while charging.

The new UCS standard was based on input from the GSMA, which predicts a 50 per cent reduction in standby energy consumption, elimination of 51,000 tonnes of redundant chargers, and a subsequent reduction of 13.6 million tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions each year.

The ITU said it is seeking to have the essential role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) recognized in the draft Copenhagen Agreement as a key part of the solution towards mitigating climate change.

Ericsson Reports Fall in Network Equipment Sales, Rise for Professional Services

Ericsson reported Q3 sales of SEK 46.4 billion, down 4% year-over-year for comparable units, i.e. excluding Ericsson Mobile Platforms, and down 12% adjusted for currency exchange rate. Sequential sales decreased 11%, negatively impacted by currency exchange rate effects, seasonality and a reduced scope of the renewed managed services agreement in Italy. The lower year-over-year sales in Networks and Multimedia were partly offset by stronger sales in Professional Services.

Ericsson said the rapid growth in demand for mobile broadband continues although the growth does not yet offset this year's lower demand for GSM.

"Sales of network equipment declined due to lower demand in the current tougher market environment. Despite lower volumes, Network margins remain stable. The strong development in Professional Services continued," stated Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.

The gross margin, was flat sequentially despite the lower sales, and decreased only slightly year-over-year to 36.2% (37.0%). The year-over-year change is largely attributable to the sales mix, with a higher proportion of network rollout and professional services, efficiency gains and some currency exchange rate effects.

FCC Adopts Draft Rules for Internet Openness

The FCC voted unanimously to adopt a draft set of rules to codify and supplement existing Internet openness principles while seeking public input on permanent regulations. Under the draft rules, a provider of broadband Internet access service may not:

1) prevent any of its users from sending or receiving the lawful content of the user's choice over the Internet;

2) prevent any of its users from running the lawful applications or using the lawful services of the user's choice;

3) prevent any of its users from connecting to and using on its network the user's choice of lawful devices that do not harm the network; or

4) deprive any of its users of the user's entitlement to competition among network providers, application providers, service providers, and content providers.

5) subject to reasonable network management, a provider of broadband Internet access service must treat lawful content, applications, and services in a nondiscriminatory manner.

6) subject to reasonable network management, a provider of broadband Internet access service must disclose such information concerning network management and other practices as is reasonably required for users and content, application, and service providers to enjoy the protections specified in this rulemaking.

These six principles would apply to all platforms for broadband Internet access, including mobile wireless broadband, while recognizing that different access platforms involve significantly different technologies, market structures, patterns of consumer usage, and regulatory history.

Reasonable network management is defined to include practices employed by a provider of broadband Internet access service such as:

  • to reduce or mitigate the effects of congestion on its network or to address quality of-service concerns;

  • to address traffic that is unwanted by users or harmful;

  • to prevent the transfer of unlawful content, such as child pornography; and

  • to prevent the unlawful transfer of content, such as to prevent copyright infringement.

The draft rules also permit other reasonable network management practices.

The FCC is seeking public comment on the need for rules concerning specialized or managed IP services, which might leverage broadband connections but be different from the public Internet. Such services could include voice and subscription video services, certain business services provided to enterprise customers, and
specialized applications like telemedicine, smart grid, or eLearning offerings.

The FCC also noted that nothing in its draft rules supersedes any obligation a broadband Internet access service provider may have -- or limits its ability -- to deliver emergency communications, or to address the needs of law enforcement, public safety, or national or homeland security authorities, consistent with applicable law.

"Given the potentially huge consequences of having the open Internet diminished through inaction, the time is now to move forward with consideration of fair and reasonable rules of the road, rules that would be enforceable and implemented on a case-by-case basis. Indeed, it would be a serious failure of responsibility not to consider such rules, for that would be gambling with the most important technological innovation of our time," stated FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Broadcom's Revenue Rises 21% Sequentially, Down 3% YOY

Broadcom reported Q3 net revenue of $1.254 billion, up 20.6% compared with the $1.040 billion reported for the second quarter of 2009 and a decrease of 3.4% compared with the $1.298 billion reported for the third quarter of 2008. Net income (GAAP) was $84.6 million, or $.16 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $13.4 million, or $.03 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2009, and GAAP net income of $164.9 million, or $.31 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of 2008.

"This strong revenue growth is well above the semiconductor industry growth rate, and was driven by a combination of our target markets continuing to recover, new product ramps and the breadth of Broadcom's product line," said Scott A. McGregor, Broadcom's President and CEO.

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