Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent Introduces Compact 7750 Service Routers

Alcatel-Lucent is extending its 7750 Service Router (SR) family with the introduction of two new routers, the 7750 SR-c12 and 7750 SR-c4, designed to bring service routing to smaller nodes in the network and also enable mission-critical verticals such as utilities, transportation, healthcare, public safety, and financial institutions.

The Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR-c12 measures 5 RU in height and offers 3 horizontal slots (2 MDA or 4 CMA per slot). The Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR-c4 is 3 RU in height and offers 1 horizontal slot (supports 2 MDA or 4 CMA).

Both products are fully featured multiservice routers that leverage the same FP2 chipset and suite of applications as the larger platforms in the 7750 Service Router line. Alcatel-Lucent's FP2 chipset delivers sophisticated and optimized network processing and traffic management at speeds up to 100 Gbps. For these smaller 7750 platforms, the processing capacity of the FP2 chipset is shared across the backplane rather than dedicated to single slots. Both platforms deliver up to 90 Gbps of forwarding capacity and can support edge routing interfaces speeds of up to 10GigE with QoS, a highly scalable control plane, and native IPv6 support in hardware.

Both the 7750 SR-c12 and 7750 SR-c4 offer proven high availability features including non-stop routing, non-stop services, Multi-Chassis-LAG, Multi-link PPP and pseudowire redundancy, and support a wide range of both legacy and Ethernet interface types ranging from T1/E1 cards to 10GigE.

Support for Synchronous Ethernet (1588v2) enables deployment of either platform in mobile backhaul applications for LTE. Additionally, ML-PPP, ATM IMA, and CES interfaces could be used for 2G/3G mobile backhaul.

Both platforms also run under the Alcatel-Lucent Service Router Operating System (SROS), a single, feature rich operating system which runs across all service router platforms, and the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) providing integrated element, network, and service management to enable seamless operations, administration and management (OAM) and simplified, consistent services delivery.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that its IP/MPLS solution has now been deployed by 280+ customers in over 100 countries.

Indonesia's Indosat Targets Location-Based Services, 21 Mbps HSPA+

Indosat, Indonesia's second-largest telecom operator, is working with Ericsson to bring location-based services to its 29 million subscribers. Applications for enhanced location based services are already available for any handset - meaning Indosat can reach all its customers from the launch in October 2009.

Separately, Indosat announced the launch of 3.5G HSPA+ services with downlink speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

Telstra Updates Strategy, Confirms Financial Guidance

Telstra confirmed its financial guidance for 2009/10, reiterating that it expects to achieve free cash flow of $6 billion, low single digit growth in revenue, EBITDA and EBIT, and maintain its EBITDA margin.

Telstra's newly appointed CEO, David Thodey, said his strategy refresh would not lead to a fundamental change in the company's direction, but that recent investments in upgraded technology should now be used to substantially improve customer service, expand further into developing and adjacent businesses, and offer online applications that are valued by customers. The company also confirmed that its four year-long transformation has largely been completed, giving Telstra world-class IT systems, platforms and infrastructure - like its Next G and Next IP networks.

Specifically, Thodey told investors that Telstra would take advantage of its recent network and IT upgrades to:

  • Substantially improve customer service by making it faster, easier and simpler for customers to deal with Telstra.

  • Move 'up the value stack' by participating in the profitable and fast-growing markets for online content, applications, products and services.

  • Expand further into adjacent and complementary markets like IT storage, security and web-hosting that support the growth of enterprise, government and small business customers.

  • Add value to fixed-line telephone services with devices like T-Hub, a new touch-screen home phone that combines telephony, Internet services and a media player.

Thodey said Telstra supports the Australian government's NBN vision, but that any deal must be in the best interests of the company and its shareholders. He will not agree to proposals that "fail to give fair value for Telstra's assets." Thodey said the issues of functional and structural separation are complex and the government's proposed timelines are not yet clear, but that Telstra remains in constructive discussions. Several outcomes are possible.

Mr Thodey also confirmed that Sensis and Telstra Media remain core assets and are performing well, and that Telstra would further develop its new media businesses in China and selectively invest around its Asian businesses.

"Despite Telstra's strengths we do not take our success for granted, but we believe that technology leadership and improved customer service will help us win and retain customers, grow the business and deliver shareholder value," Thodey said.

A webcast of the investor conference is online.

Champlain Telephone Picks ADTRAN

The Champlain Telephone Company, a leading independent service provider serving New York, has selected ADTRAN's flagship product, the Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP) to enhance its residential and commercial service delivery. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Qwest Posts Q3 Revenue of $3.1 Billion, See Improving Trends

Qwest Communications reported total operating revenue of $3.1 billion in the third quarter. Strategic services revenue of $1.1 billion increased by 5 percent year over year and 1 percent sequentially reflecting higher demand for IP services. Legacy services revenue of $1.7 billion decreased 14 percent annually and 3 percent sequentially. Fewer access lines, from a weak economy and competition, and efforts to improve Wholesale long-distance profitability pressured legacy voice revenue. Customer transitions to IP services impacted legacy data revenue.

Net income was $136 million. Earnings per share were 8 cents, which was equal to prior-year results.

"Our focus on perfecting the customer experience while maintaining strong financial discipline again enabled us to deliver solid results in the quarter." said Edward A. Mueller, Qwest chairman and CEO. "The ability of the Qwest team to steer through difficult market conditions has been exemplary. This is evident in key measures of our performance including strategic revenue growth, reduced operating expenses, stable EBITDA, strong free cash flow and an improving leverage ratio. As a result of our stronger-than-expected performance to date, we are raising our full year 2009 free cash flow outlook. We are optimistic about our prospects as the economy begins to improve in the quarters ahead."http://www.qwest.com

Level 3's Q3 Revenue Drops to $916 Million

Level 3 Communications reported consolidated revenue of $916 million for Q3 2009, compared to consolidated revenue of $1.07 billion for Q3 2008 and $942 million for the Q2 2009. The net loss for the third quarter 2009 was $170 million, or ($0.10) per share, compared to a net loss of $129 million, or ($0.08) per share, for the third quarter 2008. The net loss for the second quarter 2009 was $134 million, or ($0.08) per share. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA was $213 million in the third quarter 2009, compared to $255 million in the third quarter 2008. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA was $229 million in the second quarter 2009.

"While we remain cautious, we saw positive signs in the business this quarter, as evidenced by the improvement this quarter in the rate of decline in Core Network Services revenue," said James Crowe, CEO of Level 3. "Our ongoing discipline in managing the business continues to provide benefit, and enabled us to generate positive Free Cash Flow during the quarter."http://www.level3.com

Aurora Enhances its PON Solutions for Cable Operators

Aurora Networks introduced GEPON CPE and RFPON CPE devices for the cable market, solutions that will help cable operators evolve their networks for an all-fiber future.

The RFPON CPE and GEPON CPE are designed for outdoor and indoor mounting and can be utilized in both residential and commercial settings. The RFPON CPE provides all of the functionality of Aurora Networks' traditional RFoG CPE, but with 1610 nm upstream wavelength for PON compatibility. The GEPON CPE, with 1310 nm upstream wavelength, is the first such device in Aurora Networks' CP8000N family and is designed to co-exist with the company's new RFPON CPE. With the company's Node PON OLT module, operators can now benefit from a one-stop shop as they roll out GEPON services.

In addition, Aurora Networks has integrated its Node PON platform with Sigma Systems' Device Provisioning Manager for DOCSIS equipment provisioning and activation. This enables cable operators to leverage the same OSS provisioning technology they employ for DOCSIS cable modem services for a network utilizing Aurora Networks' Node PON solutions.

The companies said they recently conducted a DOCSIS provisioning trial utilizing Sigma System Device Provisioning Manager and Aurora's Node PON OLT and GEPON CPE devices, confirming that Aurora Networks' Node PON solution is compatible with legacy DOCSIS provisioning technology.

Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM Implements Mintera's 40G

Mintera's new MI 4000XM Adaptive-DPSK module has been implemented in Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 7500 Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) and is now carrying live 40 Gbps traffic over a commercial U.S. network.

The Adaptive-DPSK technology incorporated in the MI 4000XM DWDM module enables 40 Gbps transport on 50GHz channel-spaced systems and transmission over agile ROADM networks without compromising critical ULH reach. The unit conforms to the industry standard footprint and incorporates an electrical Mux/Demux for compatibility with any 40 Gbps framer. The module has a 300-pin MSA connector with support for the appropriate I2C commands, thus enabling simple hardware and software integration.

"Mintera's close and fruitful collaboration with Fujitsu has resulted in achievement of this key milestone," said Terry Unter, Mintera President and CEO. "Mintera is committed to provide the highest level of service and support to customers such as Fujitsu and to continue to deliver best-in-class solutions."http://www.mintera.com

NGD Europe Opens $326 Million Data Center in U.K.

Next Generation Data has opened a $326 million data center -- known as NGD Europe -- in Newport, Wales, to provide secure, sustainable data storage to U.K. and European blue-chip companies. The center is said to be the largest of its kind in the U.K. and one of the largest in Europe.

Ixia Posts Q3 Revenue of $46.4 Million

Ixia reported Q3 2009 revenue of $46.4 million compared to $47.3 million in the 2008 third quarter. Revenues for the 2009 third quarter include $7.5 million attributable to Catapult Communications. On a GAAP basis, the company recorded a net loss for the 2009 third quarter of $6.2 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to net income of $483,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the 2008 third quarter.

"Ixia delivered solid revenues and executed on multiple fronts during the quarter, including the Catapult integration and the release of our next generation IxNetwork Layer 2-3 test solution," commented Atul Bhatnagar, Ixia's president and chief executive officer. "The integration of Catapult is nearly complete with unified sales and engineering teams operating effectively around the globe. In our first full quarter of operating Ixia and Catapult as one business, we experienced meaningful sequential growth in orders, both for our core wired products as well as for our wireless offerings. In addition, sales of our 10 Gigabit Ethernet products hit a new high and our Asia Pacific business rebounded nicely. On the cost side, we are starting to see some benefits from the restructuring plan announced in the second quarter and have moved quickly to realize cost synergies related to the Catapult business."http://www.ixiacom.com

Verizon Wireless to Launch Motorola's DROID Next Week

Verizon Wireless and Motorola unveiled the DROID smartphone powered by Android 2.0. The device is full-QWERTY slider phone offering a 5 megapixel camera dual-LED flash, AutoFocus and image stabilization; voice-activated Google search; Google Maps Navigation (Beta); integrated Gmail and Exchange e-mail; YouTube, Facebook; Amazon MP3 store; and access to the Android Market.

DROID by Motorola will be available in the United States exclusively at Verizon Wireless for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Video Interview: Verizon on Packet Optical Transport


Ikanos' Q3 Revenue Grows to $29 Million

Ikanos Communications reported Q3 2009 revenue of $29.3 million, compared with revenue of $22.4 million for the second quarter of 2009 and revenue of $24.2 million for the year ago period. GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2009 was $15.5 million, or $0.40 per share, on 38.8 million weighted average shares. This compares with a net loss of $6.4 million, or $0.22 per share, on 29.4 million weighted average shares in the second quarter of 2009 and with a net loss of $26.7 million, or $0.93 per share, on 28.6 million weighted average shares in the third quarter of 2008.

Revenue is expected to be between $55.0 million and $58.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2009.

During the third quarter, we successfully completed a number of strategic initiatives including the Conexant Broadband Access acquisition, a strategic alliance with ASSIA Inc., and the introduction of Ikanos Velocity, the industry's lowest power high-performance A/VDSL central office chipset," said Michael Gulett, president and CEO at Ikanos. "These accomplishments strengthen our ability to compete in our core broadband DSL market. In addition, we are pleased with the growth in our communications processor business which accounted for approximately 25 percent of revenue in the most recent quarter."http://www.ikanos.com

DragonWave Reports Stronger Growth in Orders

DragonWave reported that it has recently experienced strong order intake such that its order backlog has increased by approximately 60% since the end of fiscal Q2. These new orders have been received over the last week from DragonWave's customers in the United States, Canada and EMEA.

Cisco to Acquire ScanSafe for SaaS-based Security

Cisco agreed to acquire privately held ScanSafe, a provider of software-as- a-service (SaaS) Web security solutions, approximately $183 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Based in London and San Francisco, ScanSafe offers Web security via a SaaS model. Its Web Security offering combines Web filtering with a proprietary "Outbreak Intelligence" engine that uses dynamic, reputation and behavior based analysis to identify and block zero-day threats. Its Web Filtering service enables customers to define what content is permitted to enter their network, as well as what information can leave. ScanSafe also provides an inbound and outbound email filtering and security service.

Cisco said the acquisition builds on its earlier acquisition of IronPort. The acquisition brings together the Cisco IronPort high-performance Web security appliance and ScanSafe's SaaS Web security service. This combination will expand Cisco's security portfolio to offer on-premise, hosted, and hybrid-hosted Web security solutions.

ScanSafe's service will be integrated with Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, the newest virtual private network (VPN) product from Cisco, to provide a secure mobility solution. In addition, ScanSafe's global network of carrier-grade data centers and multi-tenant architecture will further enhance Cisco's ability to provide new cloud-security services for customers anywhere in the world.

ZTE Posts 42% Annual Growth in its Q3 2009 Revenue

ZTE reported revenue from principal operations of RMB15,136 million (USD 2.216 billion), representing growth of 42.81% as compared to the same period last year, while net profit attributable to the parent company grew 58.18% to RMB 409million (USD 60 million). Basic earnings per share amounted to RMB0.23 (USD 0.03).

The company said it is succeeding in gaining further inroads with multi-national carriers for its LTE, UMTS and GSM products. This success was attributable in large part to leveraging opportunities presented by the need for network construction in emerging markets against the backdrop of an improving global economic environment.

In terms of market development, ZTE reported substantial growth in operating revenue largely attributable to large-scale 3G network construction in the domestic China market.

Internationally, the company said it now holds strong competitive position thanks to its cost advantage, financing resources and customization abilities.

Product-wise, ZTE's carrier network segment reported year-on-year growth of 47.32%, which was driven mainly by revenue generated from sales of the company's 3G network equipment, optical transmission products and data communication products. Revenue from terminal products also grew by 38.67%, which was in line with sales growth for 3G products. Revenue from the Group's telecommunications software systems, services and other products grew by 17.85%, reflecting primarily growth in the sales of fixed terminals.

Dell to Resell Juniper's Networking Gear

Dell will resell Juniper Networks' networking solutions under the Dell PowerConnect brand. In addition, the companies plan to work together on open, standards-based solutions for virtualized data centers and deliver technology solutions using Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), also known as Data Center Bridging (DCB) and iSCSI to improve network economics.

Under their original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement, Dell and Juniper intend to deliver a secure network infrastructure - from a customer's traditional data center out to its branch offices, remote workers, customers and business partners - that can dynamically adjust to meet these challenges and provide orchestrated management of users, workloads and data -- avoiding single-vendor lock-in.

Dell also plans to market, service and support Juniper's high-performance networking solutions to its large enterprise, small and medium business customers and public organizations. The products Dell will deliver under its PowerConnect brand include the Juniper Networks MX Series services routers, EX Series Ethernet switches and SRX Series services gateways, all running JUNOS Software. Dell expects to make these products available to customers via its direct and PartnerDirect channels.

"Networking is an important piece in providing customers with choices for how they optimize their data center operations to improve efficiency," said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group, Dell. "This agreement will help address many of our customer's biggest challenges including a dramatic rise in security concerns, an increasingly dispersed workforce and challenges brought on with the advent of the virtualized data center."http://www.dell.com

Sprint Outlines “Open�? Application Approach, Free Forwarding to Google Voice

In a keynote address at Sprint's 2009 Open Developer Conference, Steve Elfman, president of Sprint's Network Operations & Wholesale, encouraged mobile application developers to create applications that work not only on Sprint's 3G network, but across the industry. Elfman outlined the key tenets of Sprint's Open approach:

  • Let consumers determine the application winners

  • Be easy to do business with

  • Create a developer's "Garage" where new innovation happens

  • Use the proven Open Internet model as a guide

  • Support is best performed by the creators of the content

  • Open still requires management

Voice services continue to play a central role in mobile communications, even as data grows. Application developers have created a number of voicemail and messaging services that take advantage of call forwarding capabilities.

Sprint also announced that it will not charge customers for certain types of call forwarding. Conditional call forwarding for busy calls or calls not answered using the customer's wireless phone will be free, beginning mid-November (standard charges will continue to apply for immediate call forwarding.) This change will give Sprint customers the opportunity to access third-party voice services, including the new voicemail feature in Google Voice. Google Voice lets users manage and control their voice communications and comes with a suite of voicemail and text messaging features. Sprint said it is working with Google to develop additional functionality to support services such as Google Voice that will deliver an even richer experience to Sprint customers.

Earlier this week, Google announced it will offer a Google Voice feature that allows mobile phone users to take advantage of Google Voice without having to sign up for a Google Voice phone number.

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