Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Procera Reports Fast Growth for its DPI Solutions

Procera Networks, a developer of Evolved Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) solutions providing traffic awareness, control and protection, reported Q4 2009 revenue of $9.4 million, an increase of 108% from $4.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. For the fiscal year 2009, total revenue was $20.1 million, an increase of 75% from $11.5 million in fiscal year 2008. The GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $877,000, or a net income of $0.01 per diluted share. This compares to a GAAP net loss of $2.7 million, or a net loss of $0.03 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Q4 2009 was the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth for Procera. It was also the first time the company achieved profitability in its history. The company said it also closed two new major carrier contracts in Q4.

"Fiscal year 2009 was a transformational year for Procera Networks as we established ourselves as a credible Tier 1 supplier," said James Brear, president and CEO of Procera.

Infonetics: Strong Growth for Ethernet-based Microwave Equipment

The worldwide microwave equipment market grew from $4.94 billion to $5.85 billion between 2008 and 2009 (up 18%), according to a newly published report from Infonetics Research. The report, published quarterly, tracks vendor market share and market size for TDM microwave equipment, dual Ethernet/TDM microwave equipment, and Ethernet-only equipment split by backhaul, transport, and access.

Some highlights:

  • Following a down quarter in 3Q09, worldwide microwave equipment revenue increased 3% in 4Q09, a modest market performance in a quarter that is usually seasonally strong.

  • Ethernet-only microwave equipment revenue is forecast by Infonetics to grow at a 100% compound annual growth rate from 2009 to 2014.

  • The majority of microwave equipment purchased (81% in 4Q09) continues to be deployed to backhaul traffic for mobile backhaul networks.

  • The single biggest obstacle to the continued adoption of microwave equipment as the dominant backhaul solution is spectrum availability, particularly in Western Europe.

  • Ericsson and NEC continue in a tight race for revenue leadership in the worldwide microwave equipment market, with Ericsson eking ahead in 2009 by a fraction of a share point.

  • The big mover of the quarter was Huawei, which jumped into the #3 spot in 4Q09, leap-frogging Nokia.

IntelliNet Granted Patent for Mobile Data Offload

IntelliNet Technologies was granted a U.S. patent (number 7,650,428) related to Wi-Fi-based mobile data offload.

The new patent was included in the technology gained in the company's acquisition of Azaire Networks in 2008.

Specifically, the patent for Mobile Cellular Network Selection from Wireless LAN is fundamental to Wi-Fi data offload, as it enables wireless subscribers to select from multiple Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) when connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots such as hotels, airports or coffee shops. This allows the transparent establishment of data sessions to a Wi-Fi network using the subscriber's preferred carrier or roaming partner. A subscriber utilizing a smartphone or laptop with both a cellular and a Wi-Fi interface can seamlessly transfer a data session from the cellular network to the Wi-Fi network while maintaining the connection to the subscriber's network operator. This gives the subscriber simplified access to less congested data networks, while the data session is offloaded from the limited bandwidth of the mobile network.

RadiSys Acquires Pactolus for SIP Applications Software

RadiSys has acquired privately--held Pactolus Communications Software, a developer of solutions for converged TDM/IP and SIP--enabled VoIP networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Pactolus' customizable turnkey SIPware services include large operator--assisted event and reservationless audio conferencing, prepaid/post--paid long distance services, residential/business Class 5 VoIP, and voice messaging. The company says its software solutions are installed in over 45 telecommunication service provider customers worldwide including major Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers.

"We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Pactolus," said Scott Grout, RadiSys President and CEO. "RadiSys and Pactolus have been partnering for years in the delivery of media server technology and applications. The addition of Pactolus strengthens our portfolio of telecommunication solutions for service providers and TEMs. The Pactolus team has extensive domain expertise in developing both legacy TDM enhanced services and next generation IP--based communication applications and platforms. We look forward to having them as part of the RadiSys team."
  • Pactolus was founded in 1999 and is based in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

TeliaSonera Upgrades Backhaul on LTE Base Stations to 100 Mbps

TeliaSonera, which activated the first commercial LTE service in the world in December 2009, announced the next step in its next-generation mobile broadband roll-out. The company is upgrading base stations to 100 Mbps, beginning with sites in central Stockholm and extending to the rest of the network in Spring. The upgraded backhaul will enable downlink speeds of up to 80 Mbps to customers in optimal locations.

Telia's 4G network is currently installed in the central parts of Stockholm and in parts of the Stockholm International, Kista and Hammarby Sjöstad. Telia plans to build out 4G in 25 locations in Sweden. During the third quarter of this year, the 4G network will be launched in Lund, Västerås, Malmö, Gothenburg, Uppsala and Linköping.

The carrier's common 4G/LTE core network will be delivered exclusively by Ericsson and the radio networks by Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks.

TeliaSonera Deploys Juniper's TX Matrix Plus Super Core

TeliaSonera International Carrier is the first network operator to deploy Juniper Networks' TX Matrix Plus, a multi-chassis core routing system that works with the Juniper Control System (JCS) 1200 to allow the virtualization of routing systems, networks and services. The Juniper TX Matrix Plus architecture enables service providers to create "super-nodes" of up to 25 Tbps. This enables up to 256 40GbE ports or 1,024 GbE ports in a single routing node.

TeliaSonera International Carrier said the new solutions, based on Junos software, help networks scale dynamically and rapidly, on-demand, and support more bandwidth, for more subscribers and a wide range of services.

"We considered a number of options open to us, our customers demand capacity. We've focused on a number of areas and TX Matrix Plus fully fits our need as a business and supports our mission to be one of the top three global IP carriers. This deployment is evidence that TeliaSonera International Carrier lives up to our ambition to be the IP knowledge leader, putting new technology into the hands of our customers", said Anna Mossberg, Vice President and Head of Product & Business Management, TeliaSonera International Carrier.
  • In February 2009, Juniper Networks introduced a number of enhancements for its T1600 core router, including the ability to integrate up to 16 routers into a 25 Tbps multi-chassis single node while adding physical virtualization capabilities. At the time, the company said it anticipated first commercial availability of the TX Matrix Plus in Q3 2009.

STMicroelectronics Integrates CryptoFirewall into Set-top Box Chips

STMicroelectronics began sampling set-top-box System-on-Chip (SoC) devices featuring advanced "CryptoFirewall" security for combating Pay-TV piracy -- the illicit decryption of signals for viewing or redistribution.

The CryptoFirewall security core, which was developed by Cryptography Research, features dedicated tamper-proof and emulation-resistant hardware designed to work with the STB's conditional access system. CryptoFirewall has been developed specifically to meet the pay-TV industry's needs, is already deployed in over 75 million devices.

Turkcell Plans Dual Carrier HSPA+ for 42.2 Mbps this Year

Turkcell has successfully a HSPA multi carrier 42.2 Mbps test on its 3G network in Istanbul. The test, which was conducted on March 5, used Ericsson's HSPA Multi Carrier Solution.

Turkcell Chief Network Operations Officer, Ilter Terzioglu said: "Turkcell will provide these speed levels to its customers in 2010 and aims to reach 84 Mbps in 3G. As always, Turkcell continues to invest in cutting-edge infrastructures, to ensure its network can utilize the most up-to-date technologies."

FCC's Clyburn Raises Concern on Broadband Affordability and Competition

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn issued a statement raising her concern over news that a major broadband provider is raising its rates for its lowest tiers of broadband service. This came on the heels of plans unveiled by
other major providers throughout the country to increase prices as well.

"If we are serious as a nation -- both public and private sectors -- about connecting America; about leading the world technologically and economically; about ensuring that all Americans have meaningful access to on-line education, healthcare, and information essential to citizenry, then we should be very concerned about these ominous signs..."

"This is an issue we must examine closely going forward. Thirty-six percent of non-adopters cite a cost-related reason as their main barrier to adoption, with 15 percent pointing to the monthly cost of service, and 9 percent saying they do not want a long-term service contract or find the
installation fee too high. Across-the-board price increases, especially on those who can least afford it, should raise a red flag for the Commission. When prices rise across the industry, and where there are only a limited number of players in the game, we have to ask ourselves whether there is any meaningful competition in the marketplace."http://www.fcc.govhttp://

ZTE Completes First 14.7 Mbps EV-DO Rev.B Data Call

ZTE has completed the first EV-DO Rev.B Phase II data call with a download rate of 14.7 Mbps.

ZTE, which introduced the world's first 9.3Mbps EV-DO Rev.B Phase I system last year, is now the first in the industry to introduce EV-DO Rev.B Phase II technology.

EV-DO Rev.B technology enhances spectrum efficiency to extend mobile talk-time by approximately 30 percent and effectively prolong standby time. A new baseband chip is also adopted in the Rev.B Phase II system. By introducing 64QAM high-order modulation technology, it supports a single carrier frequency with a downlink speed of 4.9 Mbps and with 3-carrier frequency bundling technology, it achieves a peak rate of 14.7 Mbps.

Upgrading from a 9.3 Mbps Phase I networks to a 14.7 Mbps network requires only a baseband channel board replacement and a software upgrade.

ZTE listed a number of global operators that have launched EV-DO Rev.B networks, including China Telecom, WANA, Smart Telecom and PTCL.

Telekom Austria Adopts Alcatel-Lucent's TPSDA

Telekom Austria has adopted the Alcatel-Lucent Triple-Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA) to bring smaller communities the same triple play services today provided to customers in larger metropolitan areas. Specifically, Telekom Austria will use the new Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR-c12 multiservice IP/MPLS router to extend its Ethernet aggregation network for supporting broadband services such as "aon TV," the service provider's IPTV offering. The platform is also coupled with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) and 5650 Control Plane Assurance Manager (CPAM). Alcatel --Lucent will also provide project management, software subscription, support and repair maintenance and technical support services to deliver an unmatched Triple-Play Service Delivery network.
Financial terms were not disclosed.

"The rollout of the 2nd mile Ethernet aggregation network with Alcatel-Lucent Service Routers enables us to confidently and economically offer converged data, voice and video applications throughout the whole country, to the furthest reaches of the network, over a single and homogeneous platform," explained DI Walter Goldenits, CTO Telekom Austria. "Transforming our network to all-IP give us the opportunity to offer advanced services such as High speed Internet, Voice over IP, business services and mobile backhaul for 3G and LTE, all with the highest possible reliability and quality of service standards."

Virgin Media Tests Aerial FTTH in the UK

UK-based Virgin Media is evaluating the use of telegraph poles to connect residential customers to its fiber network. A field trial planned for the Berkshire village of Woolhampton. Villagers will be offered Virgin Media's TV service, including around 5,000 hours of catch up TV and on demand content. The trial will start this month and is scheduled to run for approximately six months.

Virgin Media has previously announced plans to extend its fiber optic network, which today passes 12.6 million homes, to 500,000 new homes and has identified more than one million homes in parts of the UK that stand to benefit from deployment over telegraph poles.

The company noted that government regulators are currently considering a change to planning guidelines which is needed to enable large scale overhead deployment.

Veraz Posts Flat Revenues of $18.6 Million, Explores Options

Veraz Networks reported Q4 2009 revenue of $18.6 million, which was roughly flat as compared to the third quarter of 2009 and lower than the $26.3 million recorded for the fourth quarter of 2008. Revenue for the full year was $75.1 million, as compared to $93.4 million for 2008. Gross margin percentage for the fourth quarter was 57%, which was lower than the record 64% for the third quarter of 2009 and lower than the 60% for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Net loss on a GAAP basis for the fourth quarter of 2009 was ($4.1 million) or ($0.09) loss per share, which was a larger loss than the ($0.9) million or ($0.02) loss per share for the fourth quarter of 2008 and the ($1.6) million and ($0.04) per share for the third quarter of 2009.

The company confirmed that it has engaged an investment banking firm to explore its strategic options.

"Obviously, 2009 was a very challenging year for the global economy, as well as for the telecommunications industry and clearly Veraz was not immune to the macroeconomic environment," said Doug Sabella, Chief Executive Officer of Veraz Networks. "Although the revenue decline we experienced was disappointing, it was in line with others in our industry."http://www.veraznetworks.comhttp://

Verizon Business Earns Cisco UC and Security Certifications

Verizon has achieved the Master Unified Communications (UC) Specialization from Cisco, recognizing that the company has fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated applications-based Cisco Unified Communications solutions.

In addition, Verizon Business has earned Cisco's Master Security Specialization, recognizing that the company has fulfilled the rigorous training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) security solutions.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Taiwan-based Alpha Networks Posts Q4 Revenue of $155 Million

Taiwan-based Alpha Networks, a leading OEM/ODM network equipment supplier, reported Q4 2009 consolidated revenue of NT$4,927 million (US$154.9 million), an increase of 1.6% QoQ. Net income was NT$316 million, an increase of 38% QoQ, and EPS after tax was NT$0.68.

Revenue by product categories was as follows: LAN/MAN accounts for 44%, Wireless at 32%, Broadband
plus VoIP at 12%, Digital Multimedia at 10%, and others at 2%.

Canada's National Capital Commission Deploys BridgeWave's Gigabit Wireless

Canada's National Capital Commission (NCC) has selected BridgeWave's AR60-AES links to deliver high-capacity, secure connectivity in Ottawa, Ontario, the nation's capital.

The NCC, which is a Canadian Crown corporation, administers federally owned lands and buildings in Ottawa. The NCC recently expanded and had to relocate some employees to a remote location which needed connectivity to support user's industrial and graphic design work. It was essential for the expansion to also effectively support Internet and corporate database access and HR and finance applications at the new office.

BridgeWave said its high-capacity links have saved taxpayer money by allowing the NCC to eliminate substantial upfront or monthly network connectivity expenses, yielding a return on investment (ROI) in 20 months. The NCC chose BridgeWave's AR60 with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instead of installing new fiber or supplementing the existing copper infrastructure. Two BridgeWave AR60 links with AES capacity were installed in only three days. The narrow beamwidth of the BridgeWave links create "virtual pipes" for mission critical applications, making signal interception near impossible. BridgeWave's AR60-AES gigabit wireless links contain built-in 256-bit AES encryption, the strongest encryption commercially available.

Another major consideration for using BridgeWave gigabit links was the ability to maintain server centralization. As full-rate gigabit connectivity was available between locations, the NCC did not have to procure additional servers and the associated backup infrastructure for the new office. Installing servers at the new office would have cost more than the entire BridgeWave solution and would have complicated the deployment and the ongoing support.

Apparent Enhances Cloud Network Performance Management Service

Apparent Networks released a series of enhancements for PathView Cloud hosted network performance management service, including new features for VoIP assessments.

The subscription-based PathView Cloud service monitors and measures the performance of end-to-end network paths --- including portions that traverse third-party networks.

New features for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Network Assessment include:

  • MSP Branding --- MSPs can custom-brand PathView Cloud's user interface and reports and deliver them as a service to their customers.

  • MSP Organization --- New self-service multi-tenancy capabilities allow MSPs to manage all customers from a single PathView Cloud screen and perform drill-down analyses. The organizational structure allows MSPs to easily add new customers to PathView Cloud as their customer base grows.

  • MSP Customer Deployment Analysis --- MSPs can track PathView Cloud services they deliver to their customers and export reports for efficient customer billing.

  • VoIP Assessments --- Allow users to determine their networks' readiness for VoIP prior to deployment. Assessments can be performed on up to 2,500 network paths at a single time to ensure overall network readiness for VoIP. Graphical reports clearly show overall network readiness for VoIP and also identify potential problems.

  • Expanded Data Assessment Capabilities --- Enable users to assess their entire network at once to identify whether networks can handle the additional traffic of new data applications. If trouble areas are detected, PathView Cloud performs full hop-by-hop analyses across network paths to identify issues and provide remediation information.

  • Support for the New PathView microAppliance --- The PathView microAppliance is a zero-administration device that can be used as the source or target of PathView tests. It eliminates the need to provision computer resources for the PathView Cloud and is ideal for remote offices that may lack a suitable, always-on device.

AboveNet -- Revenue for Lit Services Surpass Dark Fiber

AboveNet reported revenue of $94.3 million, an increase of $4.5 million, or 5.0%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. Excluding contract termination revenue from the 2008 and 2009 fourth quarters, revenue would have been $81.1 million and $93.4 million, respectively, an increase of $12.3 million, or 15.2%.

Domestic metro services revenue grew 27.6% to $25.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 from $19.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2008; domestic WAN services revenue increased 21.4% to $17.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 from $14.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.

"In 2009 we posted strong results that were in line with our expectations for revenue growth, Adjusted EBITDA margin and capital spending," said Bill LaPerch, AboveNet's President and CEO. "We executed well against our strategy to grow with our customers and enlarge our addressable market by focusing on lit services. In 2009, for the first time, lit services revenue surpassed dark fiber revenue. We also turned free cash flow positive, giving us additional capital for growth." http://www.above.nethttp://

CA to Acquire Nimsoft for $350 Million

CA agreed to acquire privately-held Nimsoft, a provider of IT performance and availability monitoring solutions, in an all-cash transaction valued at $350 million.

Nimsoft has developed monitoring and reporting solutions for public cloud and on-demand offerings like Google Apps for Business, The Rackspace Cloud, Amazon Web Services and EC2,, as well as internal applications, databases, and physical and virtual server environments.

The Nimsoft Unified Monitoring solution allows managed service providers (MSPs) to gain visibility into the performance and availability of their customers' business applications across both internal and external IT infrastructures.

CA said the Nimsoft acquisition significantly extends its ability to meet the unique IT management needs of emerging enterprises and MSPs, both of which are playing leading roles in the growth of cloud computing.

The deal follows CA's recent acquisitions of Cassatt, NetQoS and Oblicore and the planned acquisition of 3Tera.

Nimsoft is based in Redwood City, California.

Sprint Delivers M2M to Enable Usage-Based Insurance for Vehicles

Sprint is delivering an M2M service that monitors actual miles driven by a particular vehicle, and enabling insurance companies to set their coverage fee based on this data. This is known as Usage-based Insurance (UBI).

Specifically, Sprint and Walsh Wireless released a certified solution developed to meet this unique and growing market - the Walsh Wireless Data Logger, powered exclusively by Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband.

The companies said the UBI model helps insurance companies be more innovative and competitive in their approach by improving their risk assessment process, reducing customer churn and ultimately reducing the claims received. Drivers could see a reduction in their premiums by being rewarded for low mileage and/or safe driving habits. The Walsh Data Logger provides the ability to wirelessly monitor in real-time the performance of a vehicle, its location and the driver's driving pattern. It can also benefit government entities and businesses that need to better manage large fleets of vehicles.
  • In October 2009, Sprint announced the formation of its Emerging Solutions Business group, which focuses exclusively on the rapid delivery of end-to-end M2M and mobile computing solutions to businesses and consumers.