Tuesday, April 20, 2010

FCC Asks: Can America's Broadband Networks Survive Disaster

The FCC has launched a public inquiry to determine whether existing broadband networks can withstand significant damage or severe overloads as a result of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, pandemics or other major public emergencies. Although core broadband networks are generally presumed to be quite resilient, there may be
weaknesses closer to the network edge.

Specifically, the FCC's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeks comment, analysis and information on:

What are the major single points of failure in broadband architectures?

What measures do communications providers already take to minimize the potential for
single points of failure?

What provisions are made by communications providers to ensure the survivability of cell
sites relied on by first responders?

What are the most effective and widely deployed physical security best practices?

Should traffic to and from critical emergency response agencies and for critical services be
prioritized on the networks during emergencies?

What steps have been taken to ensure redundancy and diversity of physical network links to

Is the capacity of residential access networks sufficient to handle sudden surges or overloads
in traffic during, for example, a pandemic emergency?

What network management practices are in place to handle overloads during emergencies?http://www.fcc.gov

EZchip Unveils its 200 Gbps Network Processor

EZchip outlined plans for its next-generation NP-5, a 200-Gigabit network processor with integrated 200-Gigabit traffic management for ultra-dense 10GE, 40GE and 100GE port line cards in switches and routers. Product timelines were not disclosed.

The company said its new design will provide unprecedented integration and enable building routers and switches for Carrier Ethernet networks as well as data centers with exceptional density and functionality. The NP-5 will enable building line cards that feature multiple 40 and 100-Gigabit ports as well as dozens of 10-Gigabit ports. Through its versatility and rich feature set NP-5 will serve a wide variety of carrier and data center applications.
  • In January 2010, EZchip Semiconductor confirmed that it had begun sampling its NP-4 100-Gigabit network processor (NPU) for Carrier Ethernet equipment. The NP-4 is designed for the next generation of high-density switch/router line cards that feature 200-400 Gbps throughput and 20-40 10-Gigabit ports.

    EZChip integrates the main components of a line card, including programmable packet processing, traffic management, Ethernet MACs, PHYs, control CPU and Fabric Interface Controller. The company also offers a library of production-level applications that includes data-plane code for Metro Ethernet, MPLS, GPON/EPON OLT, OAM and IEEE1588v2 clock synchronization, for enabling reduced development resources and expedited time to market.

FSAN and the Broadband Forum Collaborate on GPON

The Full Service Access Network (FSAN) and the Broadband Forum will collaborate on efforts to expedite GPON
deployments, enhance multi-vendor interoperability and enable better broadband network fiber
integration around the world. A new working group focused on defining GPON test suites, addressing interoperability and standards compliance has been established and will meet at each of the Broadband Forum's quarterly meetings.

As a part of that effort, the 11th FSAN - GPON Test Event, normally only open to FSAN members is now
open to Broadband Forum GPON system integrator members as well. Hosted by the University of New
Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory's (UNH-IOL) GPON Consortium the week of June 21, 2010, this
event is an opportunity for all GPON system integrators (manufacturers of ONTs and OLTs) to test the
interoperability of their implementation (s).

Ixia Adds Fibre Channel Interface to its Data Center Tests

Ixia introduced a native Fibre Channel test solution offering selectable 2/4/8 Gbps native Fibre Channel ports -- up to 96 ports per chassis. The native Fibre Channel interface combined with Ethernet interfaces enables the Ixia testing solution to evaluate Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switches, converged network adapters (CNAs) and SAN controllers. The FCoE testing could be used by network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), enterprise data centers, information and storage service providers as they bring this new data center technology to market. Testing networks using a mix of Ethernet, fibre channel, and FCoE technologies is critical to the timely deployment of converged network products and services.

Ixia's converged data center test solution now includes both FCoE and Fibre Channel interfaces, converged traffic performance tests, and real I/O performance testing. Ethernet interfaces can operate at speeds from 1 and 10 Gbps, while the Fibre Channel interface module's 4 or 8 port variants can be dynamically programmed to 2, 4, or 8 Gbps. Ixia's solution includes IxANVL, IxNetwork, and IxSAN test applications that utilize the same hardware platform:

  • IxANVL validates device conformance to FCoE protocols, including FIP and DCBX.

  • IxNetwork offers performance testing over Ethernet, FCoE, and fibre channel connections by emulating large-scale network environments, allowing end-to-end testing of converged FCoE switches, CNAs, and other mixed protocol devices.

  • IxSAN is a complete SAN test solution, with real-world, large-scale emulation of fibre channel protocol (FCP) targets and initiators over Ethernet, allowing true characterization of I/O performance of converged network systems.

Equinix Posts Revenue of $249 Million, up 25% YoY

Equinix reported quarterly revenues of $248.6 million, a 3% increase over the previous quarter and a 25% increase over the same quarter last year. Net income for the first quarter was $14.2 million.

Recurring revenues, consisting primarily of colocation, interconnection and managed services were $237.2 million for the first quarter, a 2% increase over the previous quarter and a 25% increase over the same quarter last year. Non-recurring revenues were $11.4 million in the quarter.

"Our first quarter results have set the foundation to deliver another year of solid growth in 2010," said Steve Smith, CEO and President of Equinix. "Demand for our services remained strong across all three operating regions during the quarter and we continue to benefit from our global reach and scale." http://www.equinix.com

Verizon Names VP of Communications, Products and Services

Verizon has named Torod Neptune as vice president of communications, products and services. He will lead strategy and implementation for Verizon's telecom and business product lines, and will be a key part of the communications leadership on issues and initiatives affecting the company.

Neptune most recently was senior vice president and global public affairs practice leader for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, one of the world's largest public relations and communications firms. Prior to that role, Neptune led development of an institution-wide crisis communications and response capability for the U.S. House of Representatives, as part of the office of the chief administrative officer. He http://www.verizon.com

NSN Starts Production of LTE Gear for 800 MHz spectrum

Nokia Siemens Networks has begun production of its LTE-ready Flexi Multiradio Base Station radio frequency modules for the 800 MHz spectrum band, which is becoming available in many countries as they make the transition from analog to digital terrestrial TV.

The longer range of the 800 MHz band makes it especially attractive for suburban or rural coverage. Nokia Siemens Networks said operators deploying LTE in 800 MHz can achieve the same coverage as GSM (900 MHz) networks using their existing base station sites, allowing them to take a big step towards the vision of providing universal broadband.

Seeing its potential to cost-efficiently cover rural areas, as well as improve indoor penetration in towns and cities, industry stakeholders and regulators at the World Radio Conference 2007 agreed to assign the 800 MHz band for mobile broadband communication. Germany is currently in the midst of auctioning the available spectrum to operators, and more countries are expected to follow suit.

Nokia Siemens Networks successfully tested LTE technology for 800 MHz last year at its R&D centers in Ulm, Germany, and Oulu, Finland, using its Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The platform's design consists of a common system module (which works with all frequency bands) and a radio frequency (RF) module for the particular frequency used in the network. The RF module for the 800 MHz version is now under production. The Flexi Multiradio Base Station supports GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE. Its compact, weather-proof and modular design allows for swift integration into existing base station sites.

"As countries switch from analog to digital TV, they are freeing up spectrum that can be used for mobile networks," said Thorsten Robrecht, head of LTE product management, Nokia Siemens Networks. "Most countries in Europe, and several in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, are evaluating this frequency band for LTE deployments. Recognizing the opportunity that this digital dividend presents for operators, we have stayed on top of this development and have now started producing base stations that operate in the 800 MHz band, with commercial deployments targeted for the second half of 2010."http://www.nsn.com

Saudi Telecom Awards pre-LTE Contract to Huawei

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has selected Huawei Technologies to deploy the Middle East' s largest pre-commercial LTE network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The first phase of the project is operational and offering peak downlink data rates of up to 100 Mbps per user with commercial LTE data cards in the field. This pre-commercial LTE network is expected to complete its roll out by the end of 2010, covering major metropolitan areas such as Riyadh and Dammam.

In addition, Huawei has deployed its IP microwave products of RTN900 series into STC' s LTE backhaul, which are capable of fully supporting the bandwidth demands of commercial LTE usage now, and in the future.

AT&T's Q1: 29.8% Wireless Data Revenue Growth

AT&T reported Q1 2010 revenues of $30.6 billion, up $78 million, or 0.3 percent, versus the year-earlier period. performance was driven by a 1.9 million net gain in total wireless subscribers, the highest first-quarter total in the company's history, to reach 87.0 million. This was matched by 29.8 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up $947 million versus the year-earlier quarter to $4.1 billion.

Some highlights:

Wireless Operational Highlights

Record First-Quarter Subscriber Gain. AT&T posted a net gain in total wireless subscribers of 1.9 million, the highest first-quarter total in the company's history, to reach 87.0 million in service. First-quarter net add growth reflects continued rapid adoption of smartphones and a host of connected devices such as eReaders, global positioning systems and alarm monitoring systems. Connected devices in service increased by 1.1 million in the quarter to reach 5.8 million, and retail postpaid net adds totaled 512,000 to reach 65.1 million.

Best-Ever Subscriber Churn Levels. Average monthly subscriber churn improved substantially in the first quarter, reaching the company's best-ever levels and marking AT&T's fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in both total and postpaid wireless churn. Postpaid churn was 1.07 percent, down from 1.15 percent in the year-earlier quarter, and total churn was 1.30 percent versus 1.56 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

29.8 Percent Wireless Data Revenue Growth. Wireless data revenues -- from messaging, Internet access, access to applications and related services -- increased $947 million, or 29.8 percent, from the year-earlier quarter to $4.1 billion. AT&T wireless subscribers on postpaid data plans increased more than 28 percent over the past year. Total text messages carried on the AT&T network increased by more than 50 percent versus the year-earlier quarter to more than 143 billion, and multimedia messages more than doubled to approximately 2.4 billion. AT&T's wireless data revenues have nearly doubled over the past two years.

Continued Postpaid ARPU Growth. Driven by strong data growth, postpaid subscriber ARPU increased 3.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter to $61.89. This marked the fifth consecutive quarter AT&T has posted a year-over-year increase in postpaid ARPU. Postpaid data ARPU reached $20.13, up 21.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, and total postpaid subscriber revenues continued recent trends, with solid double-digit growth, reflecting increases in both voice and data.

Continued Strong Integrated Device Growth. Key drivers of wireless data growth are increased penetration of integrated devices (handsets with QWERTY or virtual keyboards in addition to voice functionality) and greater usage of 3G. The number of postpaid 3G integrated devices on AT&T's network increased by 3.3 million in the first quarter, the company's sixth consecutive quarter with an increase of more than 3 million. At the end of the quarter, approximately half of AT&T's 65.1 million postpaid subscribers had integrated devices, up from 31.9 percent one year earlier.

AT&T's first-quarter integrated-device growth included 2.7 million iPhone activations, with more than one-third of the activations for customers who were new to AT&T. The average ARPU for integrated devices on AT&T's network is 1.7 times that of the company's nonintegrated-device base, and with a high percentage of integrated device subscribers on FamilyTalk plans and through business relationships, churn levels for this category continue to run well below the company's nonintegrated-device base.

Wireless Margin Expansion. AT&T delivered substantial wireless margin expansion in the first quarter, driven by continued solid revenue growth, reduced churn, improved operating efficiencies and further growth in the company's base of high-quality subscribers. Wireless service revenues increased 10.3 percent to $12.8 billion in the first quarter, and total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 8.2 percent to $13.9 billion. First-quarter wireless operating expenses totaled $9.7 billion, up 3.8 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, and wireless operating income was $4.2 billion, up 20.4 percent. AT&T's wireless operating income margin was 29.9 percent versus 26.9 percent in the year-earlier first quarter, and AT&T's wireless OIBDA service margin was 44.5 percent, up from 42.5 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

Wireline Operational Highlights

Continued Strong Gains in AT&T U-verse TV and Integrated Services. AT&T U-verse TV subscribers increased by 231,000 in the quarter to reach 2.3 million, up approximately 1 million over the past year. The AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet attach rate continues to run well above 90 percent, and the AT&T U-verse Voice attach rate increased to approximately 75 percent in the first quarter. More than three-fourths of AT&T U-verse TV subscribers have a triple- or quad-play option from AT&T.

AT&T's U-verse deployment now reaches approximately 24 million living units. Companywide penetration of eligible living units is 13 percent, and across areas marketed to for 24 months or more, overall penetration exceeds 20 percent. AT&T's total video subscribers, which combine the company's U-verse and bundled satellite customers, reached 4.4 million at the end of the quarter, representing 16.9 percent of households served.

Rebound in Broadband Subscriber Growth. Driven by strength in AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet service, AT&T posted a 255,000 net gain in wireline broadband connections, the company's strongest quarterly net adds in a year. Total broadband connections, which include business and consumer wireline subscribers and wireless customers with 3G LaptopConnect cards, increased by 278,000 in the quarter to reach 17.5 million.

32.5 Percent Growth in Revenues from Consumer IP-Based Services. Increased AT&T U-verse penetration drove 32.5 percent year-over-year growth in consumer IP revenues (broadband, U-verse TV and U-verse Voice) and a 5.8 percent increase in revenues per household served. U-verse continues to drive a transformation in AT&T's consumer business, reflected by the fact that consumer IP revenues now represent 37.4 percent of AT&T's consumer wireline revenues, up from 27.8 percent in the year-earlier quarter.

Sequential Growth in Wireline Consumer Revenues. Growth in AT&T U-verse services also has helped drive steady improvement in the company's overall regional wireline consumer trends. In the first quarter, total consumer revenues increased 0.8 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2009 to $5.3 billion, the company's first sequential growth in this category in more than two years. Versus the first quarter of 2009, consumer wireline revenues declined 1.3 percent, marking the company's fourth consecutive quarter of improved comparisons in this category.

Improved Consumer Connection Trends. In the first quarter, AT&T also posted its smallest quarterly decline in total consumer revenue connections in a year -- reflecting increases in broadband, TV and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) connections, which in large part offset expected declines in traditional voice access lines, consistent with broader industry trends. Combined wireline consumer TV and broadband connections increased by 456,000 in the first quarter and 1.5 million over the past four quarters. AT&T U-verse Voice connections increased by 191,000 in the quarter and 751,000 over the past four quarters. Total consumer revenue connections at the end of the first quarter were 45.0 million, compared with 46.8 million at the end of the first quarter of 2009 and 45.3 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009.

Emerging Signs of Stabilization in Business Markets. AT&T posted its best year-over-year business revenue comparisons in four quarters, reflecting continued solid sales performance and improvement in key economic metrics. Business long distance revenues increased sequentially for the first time in six quarters; company managed wireless disconnects and business access line trends both improved; and enterprise service revenues, which exclude CPE, were nearly flat sequentially. Total business revenues declined 5.2 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, and business service revenues, which exclude CPE, declined 4.8 percent.

14.9 Percent Growth in Strategic Business Services Revenues. Revenues from new-generation capabilities that lead AT&T's most advanced business solutions -- including Ethernet, VPNs, hosting, IP conferencing and application services -- grew 14.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, continuing AT&T's strong trends in this category.

Solid Growth in Business IP Revenues. Business IP data revenues grew 5.5 percent overall, led by 16.7 percent growth in VPN revenues. Global enterprise IP data revenues grew 9.4 percent. Approximately two-thirds of AT&T's frame customers have made the transition to IP-based solutions, which allow them to easily add managed services such as network security, hosting and IP conferencing on top of their infrastructures.

Reduced Wireline Operating Expenses. Led by improved consumer trends, total wireline revenues posted their smallest year-over-year decline in five quarters, down 4.6 percent. First-quarter wireline operating expenses totaled $13.7 billion, down 2.8 percent versus the year-earlier quarter and down 1.2 percent sequentially. Wireline operating income totaled $1.7 billion versus $2.1 billion in the first quarter of 2009 and $1.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009. AT&T's first-quarter wireline operating income margin was 11.1 percent compared with 12.7 percent in the year-earlier quarter and 11.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Netgear Posts Revenue of $211.6 million, Beating Expectations

NETGEAR reported net revenue of $211.6 million, compared to $152.0 million in the comparable prior year quarter, 39% year-over-year growth, and as compared to $218.8 million in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009. Net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, for the first quarter of 2010 was $13.7 million, or $0.38 per diluted share. This compared to GAAP net loss of $3.8 million, or $0.11 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2009, and to GAAP net income of $7.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR commented, "We are extremely pleased to report net revenue of $211.6 million for the first quarter 2010, exceeding our expectations. During the quarter, we experienced year-over-year revenue growth in all three geographic regions based on increased end market demand and further market share gains. We are happy to report that component shortages are largely behind us and channel inventory is up to very good levels in all regions. Our net revenue from service providers was approximately 19% of total net revenue in the first quarter 2010, as compared to 27% in the first quarter of 2009, and 28% in the fourth quarter of 2009. This lower percentage of service provider revenue on a relative basis was largely the result of record revenue from our retail business which exceeded our expectations.

Qualcomm Posts Revenue of $2.7 Billion, Sees Healthy 3G Demand

Qualcomm reported quarterly revenue of $2.66 billion, compared to $2.46 billion in the prior year and $2.67 billion in the prior quarter. Operating income came in at $776 million, compared to an operating loss of $10 million in the prior year and operating income of $879 million in the prior quarter. Diluted earnings per share were $0.46, compared to a diluted loss per share of $0.18 in the prior year* and diluted earnings per share of $0.50 in the prior quarter.

"We delivered strong financial results this quarter, driven by healthy 3G device shipments and greater than expected demand for our chipsets. 3G subscribers have now surpassed 1 billion worldwide and with the 3G auction process underway in India, the 3G footprint continues to expand globally," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "Calendar year 2010 3G device shipments are progressing in line with our expectations, and although we're continuing to operate in a competitive chipset pricing environment, we're positioned to continue to grow share through new partner engagements and our broad, industry-leading 3G chipset roadmap. Our business is executing well and we are pleased to be raising our earnings guidance for the fiscal year."

FCC Issues Orders on Mobile Roaming

The FCC issued an Order on Reconsideration that aims at expanding the availability of mobile voice services by eliminating a home roaming exclusion. By eliminating the exclusion, the Order encourages carriers of
all sizes to reach commercially reasonable voice roaming agreements, and promotes competition, fosters
innovation and empowers consumers, while creating a fair process for the Commission to handle disputes
that may arise in an expedited and equitable manner. The Order on Reconsideration also affirms that
carriers must provide push-to-talk roaming upon reasonable request.

In a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission opens a new phase in its
examination of data roaming, seeking comment on whether to extend roaming obligations to data services
such as mobile broadband and Internet access services. The FCC said a more detailed and updated record will be useful in developing policies for broadband data roaming.

FCC Launches its USF Reform Effort

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took its first step toward Universal Service Fund (USF) reform by issuing a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that seeks public comment on its plan to create a Connect America Fund (CAF) that directly supports broadband without increasing the size of the Universal Service Fund over the current baseline projection.

The NOI asks for public comment on the use of an economic model to precisely target support for
areas where there is no private-sector business case for carriers to provide broadband and voice services.
The economic model developed in the Plan estimates the gap between the cost of deploying broadband
services to Americans living in unserved areas and the potential additional revenue generated from the
broadband investment. The NOI seeks comment on how that model could be adapted to determine
efficient levels of universal service support to provide all Americans with broadband access.
The NOI also seeks comment on how to quickly provide consumers in unserved areas with
broadband access while the Commission is considering final rules to implement fully the new CAF
funding mechanism.

The NPRM seeks comments on a number of proposals to cut legacy universal service spending in
high-cost areas and to shift support to broadband communications. These proposals include capping the
overall size of the high-cost program at 2010 levels; re-examining the current regulatory framework for
smaller carriers in light of competition and growth in unregulated revenues; and phasing out support for
multiple competitors in areas where the market cannot support even one provider.

FiberTower to provide Ethernet-based backhaul for MetroPCS

FiberTower will to provide Ethernet-based backhaul services for MetroPCS in select markets across the U.S.. The evolution to Ethernet for network backhaul helps prepare MetroPCS for its LTE network launch, which is planned during the second half of 2010. Financial terms were not disclosed.

FiberTower's backhaul solution includes fiber-based Ethernet services to cell sites and microwave extensions for maximum coverage. MetroPCS will have the ability to scale capacity from 5 Mbps to as much as 1 Gbps per site as its backhaul needs evolve over time. FiberTower has been providing MetroPCS with backhaul solutions in several MetroPCS markets since late 2005.

Bell Labs' Phantom-mode DSL Achieves 300 Mbps at 400m

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs unveiled a "DSL Phantom Mode" technique that achieves downstream transmission speeds of
300 Mbps over distances up to 400 meters and up to 100 Mbps at 1km. This new DSL performance boost is expected to reinvigorate copper access network, including in-building VDSL2 network, for 100+ Mbps services.

The gains are achieved using a virtual or "phantom" channel that supplements the two physical wires that are the standard configuration for copper transmission lines. This analogue phantom mode technique is further enhanced using vectoring to eliminate interference or "crosstalk" between copper wires, and the bonding of two copper pairs into an aggregated pipe. The company has demonstrated these techniques in lab tests.

The "phantom mode" technique of creating virtual channels has actually been understood for decades. Alcatel-Lucent said this breakthrough was enable by combining phantom mode with the power of fast processor to eliminate crosstalk between copper pairs in a binder. Practical implementation will require CPE capable of bonding the 3 channels over two copper pairs. Vectorized VDSL2 silicon will also be required.

"Beyond a showcase of the innovative technology for which Bell Labs is known, DSL Phantom Mode is a demonstration of Bell Labs' direct impact on the market and its ability to invent technology that serves as a competitive differentiator for Alcatel-Lucent and for its customers," said Gee Rittenhouse, vice-president of research at Bell Labs. "Similar breakthroughs in optical access technologies such as ten gigabit PON technology, for which
we recently won an FTTH Council Innovation Award, further show Bell Labs' continual and significant influence on Alcatel-Lucent's technology and portfolio leadership."http://www.alcatel-lucent.comhttp://

Ericsson to Acquire Nortel's 50% Stake in LG-Nortel

Ericsson will acquire Nortel's majority shareholding (50%+1 share) in LG-Nortel, the joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel Networks. The joint venture includes important contracts with Korean operators such as KT, LG Telecom and SK Telecom. Financials were not yet disclosed.

Ericsson said the deal significantly expand its footprint in Korea. Furthermore, the acquisition will provide Ericsson with an industrial base and the ability to build new customer relationships.
  • In November 2005, LG Electronics and Nortel officially launched their joint venture, LG-Nortel offers communications and networking solutions in the wireline, optical, wireless and enterprise markets in South Korea and the rest of the world.

  • In May 2009, Nortel, which had recently entered into bankruptcy proceedings, disclosed its intention to find a buyer for its majority stake (50% + 1 share) in LG-Nortel, the company's Korean joint venture with LG Electronics. Nortel has made this decision to secure a sound future for the LG-Nortel business, its valued customers and employees. At the time, the company noted that LG-Nortel was a profitable, standalone business with a strong balance sheet, and not part of its bankruptcy proceeding. The joint venture was said to have enjoyed solid revenues and profits since its establishment in November 2005, with several significant customer wins in Korea and abroad. The business achieved a Management Operating Margin of $341 million, or 27%, in 2008, and Management Operating Margin for the first quarter of 2009 of 26%.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Extreme Networks Introduces Direct Attach Architecture

Extreme Networks
unveiled its "Direct Attach" architecture for bringing virtual machine switching back into the network and out of the server. The Direct Attach data center architecture allows Virtual Machines (VMs) to be directly attached to the network without having to go through a full layer of software switching in the server. The company said this approach to virtualized networks greatly simplifies management, monitoring and troubleshooting, while improving network performance in highly virtualized data center environments.

By moving VM switching out of the server and into network switches, the architecture significantly reduces the number of managed switches. In addition, Extreme Networks Direct Attach architecture significantly simplifies management and troubleshooting by exposing inter-VM traffic to traditional, mature and well-understood networking tools, such as ACLs, firewalls and IDS.

Extreme Networks Direct Attach architecture will interoperate with emerging IEEE 8021.Qbg. The technology will be made available through a licensed ExtremeXOS software module for the company's data center switching products, including the Summit X450, Summit X480, Summit X650 and the BlackDiamond(R) 8800 modular switching platform.

"Extreme Networks' Direct Attach architecture for virtual machine switching is a visionary step resulting in cost and performance benefits for the data center," said Shehzad Merchant, senior director of strategy for Extreme Networks. "Organizations can now transition their data center from a physical to a virtual model without fear of being locked into any proprietary technology, while realizing all the benefits of virtualization, and eliminating some of the most painful objections."http://www.extremenetworks.com

Infinera Posts Q1 Revenue of $95.8 million

Infinera reported GAAP revenues for the first quarter of 2010 of $95.8 million compared to $90.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $66.6 million in the first quarter of 2009.

The company said GAAP gross margins for the quarter were 39% compared to 38% in the fourth quarter of 2009 and 30% in the first quarter of 2009. GAAP net loss for the quarter was $20.0 million, or $(0.21) per share, compared to $18.7 million, or $(0.19) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $24.3 million, or $(0.26) per share, in the first quarter of 2009.

Procera Confirms Two More Tier-1 Service Provider Initial Orders

Procera Networks announced that a Tier-1 mobile operator and a Tier-1 managed service provider (MSP) have placed initial orders for its PacketLogic systems in the first quarter of 2010. Procera also confirmed that in addition to these two new Tier-1 customer orders, it has 10 Tier-1 trials ongoing or planned over the next 60 days with potential customers.

Procera supplies Evolved Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) solutions providing traffic awareness, control and protection.

"These two new Tier-1 Service Providers have the potential to become significant customers for the company," stated James Brear, Procera Networks' President and CEO. "The fact that we continue to win head-to-head field trials versus the competition reflects our technology excellence and our strong customer focus and overall business model."http://www.proceranetworks.com

Northeast Louisiana Telephone Co. Leverages $12.4 Million in Stimulus Funds

Northeast Louisiana Telephone Company has selected the Calix Unified Access portfolio to bring advanced Active Ethernet (AE) solutions to thousands of premises in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. The carrier was an award winner in Round One of the Broadband Initiatives Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The company plans to move "Fiber Forward," replacing its aging copper infrastructure with an advanced, standards-based fiber access network interconnected via 10 Gbps Ethernet rings. The network is designed to deliver IPTV services, residential and business data services capable of delivering up to 1 Gbps to each premises, and reliable voice over IP (VOIP) services, greatly increasing services capabilities while reducing ongoing maintenance and operational expenses.

In addition to the fiber rollout, Northeast Louisiana Telephone will use the $12.4 million in Broadband Stimulus grants and loans to deploy a new digital IPTV headend as well as a Metaswitch softswitch for SIP voice over IP (VOIP) services. Enabling these services will be a variety of Calix platforms and products, including the E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), a wide range of Calix P-Series ONTs specifically tailored for residential and business needs, and E5-110 Ethernet Service Access Nodes (ESANs) for copper services.