Monday, February 1, 2010

Aviat Posts Quarterly Revenue of $123 million

Aviat Networks, Inc. (formerly Harris Stratex Networks) reported revenue for its second quarter of fiscal year 2010, which ended January 1, 2010, of $122.6 million, compared with $190.9 million in the year ago period. GAAP net loss was $7.9 million or $0.13 per share, compared with GAAP net loss of $318.7 million or $5.43 per share in the year ago quarter. In Q2 of fiscal 2009 GAAP results included $327.1 million of charges comprised primarily of a $301.0 million expense for impairment of goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets.

Revenue in the North America segment was $49.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with $66.6 million in the year ago period. International revenue was $73.2 million, compared with $124.3 million in the year ago period.

"As our first earnings report under our new company name, we are pleased to report a sequential improvement in revenue, from $120 million in our first quarter to approximately $123 million this quarter, despite the ongoing challenges in the global economy," said Harald Braun, president and chief executive officer of Aviat Networks.

Aricent Appoints Ex-Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin to its Board

Aricent has appointed Arun Sarin to its Board of Directors. Mr. Sarin is currently a senior advisor at KKR, and prior to that served as chief executive officer of mobile telecommunications leader Vodafone Group, PLC.http://

Aricent Focuses on Differentiated Subscriber Experiences

Aricent introduced its "Experience Engineering" model aimed at enabling both fixed and mobile network operators to conceptualize, productize and commercialize highly differentiated subscriber experiences.

By leveraging its frog design innovation division along with its Communications Engineering Division, Aricent aims to help service provider deliver a unique customer experience of applications and services. Aricent's goal is to integrate every component in the process -- from designing a highly differentiated user interface to the detailed integration of all devices, applications, networks and service-related components and systems necessary to realize the vision.

"Service providers are in a unique position to deliver innovative mobile services that integrate best in class devices, high performance networks, and a virtually unlimited set of applications and services into a single compelling subscriber experience," said Arun Sarin, former chief executive officer of Vodafone Group, PLC and now senior advisor to KKR.

"Developing an innovative subscriber experience strategy is an urgent priority for most operators globally today," said Doreen Lorenzo, president of frog design. "Experience Engineering was developed specifically to address this complex undertaking, and provides a clear process and framework to help carriers design and commercialize innovative experiences in a highly integrated, efficient way. No one but Aricent offers this kind of capability today."

Ustream Raises $75 Million from Softbank for Mobile Streaming

Ustream, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, announced a $75 million Series B funding round lead by SOFTBANK of Japan. The funding will support Ustream's one-to-many live streaming to Internet and mobile devices.

Ustream delivers live streaming video programming, delivering premium and celebrity-powered events in partnership with leading media companies. The company offers a live streaming application for the iPhone which has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times.

Additional funding commitments are pending from other investors in the U.S. and Asia. The funding will help fuel Ustream's growth in the U.S. and Asia Pacific, specifically to pursue opportunities in Asia in Japan, China, Korea and India.

Altair and SkyCross Announce LTE Cooperation

Altair Semiconductor and SkyCross, a global antenna designer and manufacturer, announced an LTE cooperation pact. Specifically, Altair has integrated the SkyCross iMAT MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) antenna in Altair's recently announced FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE (User Equipment). The card has undergone extensive interoperability testing (IOT) and is currently being used in various field trials.

UNH-IOL Accredited as Testing Lab for USGv6 Test Program

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), a nonprofit, non-governmental, public service, membership society, has accredited the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) for technical competence in the field of Information Technology testing in accordance with the recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005, General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.

The accreditation demonstrates technical competence for IPv6 conformance and interoperability testing in accordance with the U.S. Government IPv6 (USGv6) Test Program and the operation of a quality management system.

Cyan Launches CyAlliance Program for Wireless Backhaul

Cyan, a start-up offering multi-layer transport platforms, has launched a multi-vendor partnership program to help service providers maximize wireless backhaul opportunities.

Cyan's recently launched multi-layer transport platforms modularly combine packet, TDM and optical add / drop multiplexer, cross-connect and transport functionality in highly integrated platforms supporting over 100 Gbps per slot. The systems can be configured as basic 10G Ethernet, SONET or SDH edge aggregation and add/drop multiplexer systems or modularly scaled when and where needed to enable DWDM with highly advanced multi-layer packet, TDM and optical switching, aggregation and multiplexing both within and between technologies and network layers for application across the network.

The company's new CyAlliance includes ANDA Networks, Dragonwave, Hatteras Networks and Overture Networks. The alliance provides interoperability assurance through verification testing, rapid problem resolution through pre-defined escalation processes, and collaboration on advanced architectural considerations such as end to end packet synchronization in multi-vendor environments.

Cyan said that while CyAlliance's initial focus is aligned toward wireless backhaul, the program and its partners will expand to focus on a much broader range of evolving services and technologies.

Level 3 to Deliver 1.5 Gbps Uncompressed HD Video Feed from Super Bowl

Level 3 Communications will provide live compressed and uncompressed high-definition (HD) television broadcast video services to CBS for the upcoming Super Bowl on February 7th.

For the first time ever, instead of sending the feed to a production truck for compression and delivery to the broadcast studio, an uncompressed 1.5 Gbps feed will be sent from Miami to CBS studio headquarters in New York via Level 3's fiber-optic network.

Level 3 said it expects that over 2,800 hours of video content will be acquired, encoded and transported across its Vyvx services platform for overall Super Bowl coverage.

Riverbed Reports Record Q4 Revenue of $113 Million

Riverbed Technology reported Q4 2009 $112.9 million, an increase of 11% from $102.0 million reported in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009 (Q3'09) and an increase of 22% from $92.2 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2008 (Q4'08). For fiscal year 2009 (FY'09), GAAP revenue was $394.1 million, up 18% from $333.3 million in fiscal year 2008 (FY'08). Non-GAAP revenue for Q4'09 was $113.2 million, an increase of 10% from $102.6 million of non-GAAP revenue reported in Q3'09 and an increase of 23% from $92.2 million of revenue reported in Q4'08. FY'09 non-GAAP revenue was $395.9 million, up 19% from $333.3 million in FY'08.

GAAP net income for Q4'09 was $0.9 million, or $0.01 per share. This compares to GAAP net income of $5.5 million, or $0.08 per share, in Q3'09 and $23.3 million, or $0.33 per share, in Q4'08. GAAP net income for FY'09 was $7.1 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to GAAP net income of $10.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in FY'08.

KDDI Selects 3G Femtocell Solution from Hitachi and Airvana

KDDI, Japan's second largest mobile operator, has selected Airvana's 3G CDMA femtocells and Femtocell Service Manager, as part of a comprehensive solution being delivered by Hitachi. Financial terms were not disclosed. The femtocells are home-based cellular access points that use a subscriber's existing broadband connection to provide enhanced voice coverage and data performance for mobile phones indoors.

KDDI, Japan's second largest mobile operator, is known for its dedication to communications innovation and customer satisfaction.

In 2008, Airvana and Hitachi announced a femtocell partnership for the Japanese market.

Airvana's contribution to the joint solution includes its HubBub CDMA femtocell which is unique in the industry for its simultaneous support of both 1x-RTT and 3G EV-DO services; the Femtocell Service Manager (FSM) for massive-scale device management and automated network planning; and the FNG femtocell network gateway. Hitachi will provide core network equipment to connect the HubBub femtocell system into KDDI's core network. Airvana's femtocell and Hitachi's call processing server both use SIP control signaling to transparently support existing CDMA 1x calling functions in the network. Hitachi will also act as the overall system integrator to ensure interoperability between the femtocell network, the macro EV-DO radio access network and the core network infrastructure.

IP Infusion Adds GMPLS, Data Center Bridging, MEF Support

IP Infusion announced a major update to its ZebOS software for network equipment suppliers. Available in April 2010, ZebOS® 7.8 adds support for Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS), Data Center Bridging, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) resiliency for wireless backhaul and Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) implementations required for Carrier Ethernet deployments.

GMPLS support delivers seamless control plane and network management capabilities for next generation packet-based optical networks. This enables automated interface-independent provisioning, simplified network administration and IP/MPLS end-to-end networks. GMPLS. ZebOS 7.8 embraces GMPLS support features and subsequent releases of the ZebOS Network Platform will continue to enhance this support.

Data Center Bridging is a unifying Ethernet-based technology for switch fabrics in the data center. Converged single technology switch fabrics in the data center can optimize traffic for cloud computing while reducing costs, power and space requirements.

The new wireless access/backhaul capabilities of ZebOS 7.8 leverage MPLS reliability features, such as Virtual Circuit Connectivity Verification (VCCV), Bi-Directional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for MPLS LSPs, and BFD for VCCV. In addition to maintaining the features of ZebOS 7.7, ZebOS 7.8 also includes:

  • MEF specifications (MEF-2,9,11,16,13,17,19,20)

  • BGP Multipath Routing

  • Policy Based Routing

Marvell Introduces EPON, 10G EPON and GPON Chips

Marvell introduced new silicon for Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON), Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPON) and 10Gigabit EPON. The first members of the AVANTA family are single-chip for Single-Family-Unit (SFU) devices designed for a radically reduced energy footprint.

The AVANTA 88F6510 features a high level of integration, including a Gigahertz class CPU, dual-mode PON MAC, Line-rate IPv6-capable programmable packet processor, Voice-over-IP, Ethernet Switch and Ethernet PHYs. Marvell said its AVANTA series uses exceptionally low power and significantly reduces the bill-of-material for PON SFU devices to enable wide deployment.

The AVANTA series is the first to introduce multiple low-power techniques in the PON space - ranging from dynamic CPU speed throttling, sleep mode, low-power DDR3-SDRAM and IEEE Energy-Efficient-Ethernet (EEE) draft-compliance.

The Marvell platform supports tens of 3D HD interactive video streams and a line-rate packet processor with hardware multicasting. It is also the first to support the IEEE Audio-Video-Bridging (AVB) draft specifications. The integrated programmable packet processor not only supports IPv6 but also future-proofs the platform for emerging protocols like DOCSIS over PON.

The AVANTA family will sample to customers at the end of March.

Wireless Skin Patch Combines MEMS Sensors with RFID

Gentag Inc. and The Center for Orthopedic Research and Education are developing a disposable wireless skin patch to allow patients to use their mobile phones to self-monitor wounds after orthopedic surgery.

The idea is to combine advanced MEMS sensors in a skin patch with a disposable wireless chip capable of communicating with cell phones that integrate standard NFC-ISO 15693 RFID reader. Such cell phones include the iPhone via a soon-to-be released RFID retrofit.

The companies said their idea will help reduce post-orthopedic surgical-related medical costs by reducing the time spent in hospitals and detecting possible problems much earlier with less pain and risk.

Motorola Ventures Invests in Scanbuy for Mobile Barcodes

Motorola Ventures has made an equity investment in Scanbuy, a start-up offering mobile barcode solutions.

he platform provides a fast and easy way for advertisers to provide digital information to consumers through the use of barcodes and camera phones. With ScanLife, businesses can place one- or two-dimensional barcodes on their product packaging or in a magazine ad or other type of media. By using their ScanLife-enabled camera phones to view the barcode, consumers can immediately access information such as product reviews, price comparisons and coupon offers.

Motorola acted as lead investor and was joined by Masthead Venture Partners, Hudson Ventures and select private investors. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Director of National Intelligence Cites Persistent Cyber Attacks

Malicious cyber activity is occurring on an unprecedented scale with extraordinary sophistication and the existing balance in network technology currently favors malicious actors, stated Dennis C. Blair, Director of National Intelligence, in prepared testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He cited persistent, unauthorized, and at times, unattributable presences on exploited government and private networks. Blair also emphasized that network convergence, as well as Web 2.0 business processes, amplifies the opportunity for disruptive cyber attacks.

Fraunhofer IIS Debuts Audio Communication Engine for LTE

Fraunhofer IIS is introducing its new Audio Communication Engine for LTE-A cellular networks, claiming CD-quality audio over mobile. The company said its codec makes voices sound "as clear and natural as if talking to someone in the same room." In addition, rich media content such as music and sounds will be reproduced at their original quality as well.

The Fraunhofer Audio Communication Engine combines several elements that may be incorporated in future 4G handsets to ensure highest possible communication quality. First, the specifically designed MPEG audio communications codec "AAC Enhanced Low Delay" ensures CD quality audio at very low coding delays and bit rates. Second, robust, multi-channel echo control software reliably removes echoes, providing hands-free convenience and complete freedom to move around in a room. Finally, a specially matched IP streaming stack and error concealment tools allow for high-quality audio even under adverse network conditions.

Fraunhofer will demonstrate the technology at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. An office setting will be connected to a car mock-up using, using an LTE-A demonstration network provided by Fraunhofer HHI, and the Fraunhofer Audio Communication Engine.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

BT Wholesale to consolidate Mobile and Fixed Networks for O2

BT Wholesale was awarded a five year contract to consolidate O2's mobile and fixed core networks in the UK into one network running on top of BT's 21st Century Network (21CN) infrastructure.

BT Wholesale already provides a range of services to O2 including core network management support for O2's mobile customers as well as a managed network service that is enabling O2 to serve the UK business market with fixed and broadband services. This new agreement will further ties between the companies. O2 is a division of Telefónica.

Nigel Purdy, Head of Networks, Telefónica O2 UK Ltd said: "As we move to an all IP world and as data traffic volumes increase, the consolidation of our fixed and mobile core networks is a common sense approach that will help future-proof our business and provide the best possible service for our customers. BT Wholesale continues to impress O2 with its ability to deliver highly complex solutions. It is a trusted partner and we value its experience in managed services."

Brian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, BT Wholesale Markets said: "Our industry is witnessing a significant shift from commodity products to value-added managed services and this latest agreement with O2 is yet another example of how BT Wholesale is at the forefront of this industry transformation. The trend to outsource network requirements to BT Wholesale continues as operators look to stabilise their operational and investment costs, enabling them to concentrate on their customers."http://

Huawei and Qualcomm Test Dual-Carrier HSPA+ at 42 Mbps

Huawei and Qualcomm completed interoperability tests on dual carrier HSPA+, reaching the peak downlink data rate of 42 Mbps. The companies said their testing indicates that dual-carrier HSPA+ technology is ready for commercial deployment.

Huawei' s latest HSPA+ solution and Qualcomm' s Mobile Data Modem (MDM) MDM8220 chipsets were used in this interoperability test. Implemented with dual cell technology, Huawei's HSPA+ solution can transmit data via two or more carriers, resulting in the downlink data rate of 42 Mbpss, which improves an operator' s spectrum resources, enhances spectral efficiency and provides capacity gains of up to 20%.
http://www.huawei.comIn March 2009, Huawei deployed its first 21 Mbps HSPA+ commercial network.

In October 2009, Huawei announced plans to provide 28Mb/s HSPA+ commercial service in Singapore, and Huawei successfully demonstrated a 56Mb/s HSPA+ commercial solution in Beijing.

Calix Adds 10G, VDLS2, GPON, Ethernet Cards

Calix introduced five new line cards for its C7 Multiservice Access Platform (MSAP).

  • The RAP-10GE forms the core of the EXA Powered C7, operating as the common control unit for the C7 and delivering carrier-grade, ERPS ring protected 10 Gbps and 1 Gbps transport interfaces, full Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) service assurance and compliance, as well as a 150 Gbps switching fabric.

  • The COMBO2-24V and VDSL2-24 deliver high density VDSL2 services, including seamless fallback to ADSL2+, Annex M, and bonding support, in a single-slot form factor that allows for 1:1 replacement of existing Calix ADSL cards for operational simplicity.

  • The Ethernet Gateway (EGW) acts as a gateway for the existing base of C7 multiprotocol line cards, allowing existing cards to leverage the Ethernet transport infrastructure of the EXA Powered C7.

  • The OLTG-4E delivers up to four GPON ports per card, supporting any mix of standard or Extended Reach GPON
    optical interface modules.

The new EXA Powered C7 line cards share a common software core with other Calix E-Series platforms, including the new E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP). In addition, each new card is fully compatible with the existing stable of C7 cards, allowing for simple service migration and preservation of necessary legacy services.

The company also introduced six new residential optical network terminals (ONTs).

The Calix C7 has been deployed at over 500 North American and international CSPs whose networks serve more than 32 million subscriber lines. Calix said the new cards enables these CSPs to evolve to advanced Ethernet and fiber-based services from existing copper-based legacy service offerings like plain old telephone services (POTS) and special business circuits.

SAIC Wins $52 Million Network Contract with NSF

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) was awarded a $52 million contract to manage the information technology (IT) infrastructure and provide network services for the National Science Foundation (NSF). This single-award, time and materials contract has a one and a half month phase-in period, a one-year base period and four one-year options with a total value of more than $52 million if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily at the NSF's offices in Arlington, Va.