Monday, April 26, 2010

Canada's Mobilicity Outsources 3G Management to Ericsson

Ericsson announced a five-year managed network operations contract with Mobilicity (formerly Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless -- (DAVE Wireless), a new carrier that will soon be entering the Canadian market. Mobilicity holds licenses which cover more than half of Canada's population in 10 of the 13 largest markets including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.

Mobilicity previously selected Ericsson to design and build its 3G network. Ericsson will be responsible for front-and-back-office operations as well as field maintenance in Mobilicity's network. The Mobilicity 3G network will be handled by Ericsson's managed services organization which will provide operational competence and expertise right from market launch.

Tellabs Revenue Rises to $380 million, up 5% YoY

Tellabs reported Q1 2010 revenue of $380 million, up 5% from $362 million in the first quarter of 2009.
On a GAAP basis, Tellabs earned 12 cents per diluted share in the first quarter of 2010, up from 2 cents
per share in the first quarter of 2009. First-quarter 2010 GAAP net earnings were $45.9 million, compared
with $6.5 million in the year-ago quarter. First-quarter 2010 GAAP net earnings include a $3.4 million
net tax benefit.

Tellabs' GAAP gross profit margin was 50.7% in the first quarter of 2010, compared with 44.2% in the
year-ago quarter.

"By focusing on growth products, and innovating in growth markets such as mobile Internet, Tellabs is
helping customers succeed and achieving profitable revenue growth," said Rob Pullen, Tellabs president
and chief executive officer. "Customer demand for our growth products is improving, as they generated a
record 57% of Tellabs' first-quarter revenue."

Tellabs growth products include the Tellabs 6300, 7100, 7300, 8600, 8800 and 9100 platforms, as well
as Tellabs professional services.

For the first quarter of 2010, Broadband segment revenue was $191 million, up 7% from the year-ago
quarter. Transport segment revenue was $128 million, down 2%. Services segment revenue was $61
million, up 13%.

Marvell Introduces Energy Efficient Gigabit Ethernet Silicon

Marvell introduced a new Gigabit Ethernet Switch Platform based on its Prestera family of packet processors and Alaska family of Gigabit transceivers and designed to drive down network Ethernet switch power consumption as much as 70 percent while significantly reducing systems cost.

Specifically, the new Prestera 98DX3130 Ethernet switch and Alaska 88E1545 Gigabit Ethernet transceiver ICs reduce the energy bill for SMB/SMEs by using Marvell's advanced power saving architecture to operate at less than half a watt per Gigabit port at maximum load. The new devices deliver additional power reduction advantages when network traffic is reduced or idle. Both support the emerging IEEE 802.3az Energy-efficient-Ethernet draft standard.

The Prestera 98DX3130 Ethernet switch also supports dedicated 10 Gbps ports between Ethernet switches over either optical or copper media. Fast switch interconnects, also known as stacking, and embedded IPv6 capability reduce management overhead and network operating costs.

Broadcom Hits Record Revenue of $1.46 Billion in Q1

Broadcom reported record revenue of $1.46 billion for Q1 2010. This represents an increase in net revenue of 8.9% compared with the $1.34 billion reported for the fourth quarter of 2009 and an increase of 71.3% compared with the $853 million reported for the first quarter of 2009.

Net income (GAAP) for the first quarter of 2010 was $210 million, or $.40 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $59 million, or $.11 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of 2009, and a GAAP net loss of $92 million, or $.19 net loss per share (basic and diluted), for the first quarter of 2009.

"Demand for current products, coupled with new product introductions, should enable us to deliver strong sequential growth into the second quarter. Our products for the Home, Hand, and Infrastructure are extremely well positioned to deliver sustained profitable growth and will benefit from both improved global demand and the increasing role of communications in a connected world."

Xilinx Unveils ARM-Based Processing Architecture

Xilinx introduced a new Extensible Processing Platform architecture that leverages ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processors for embedded systems. The Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform presents a processor-centric design and development approach for achieving high compute and processing horsepower required to drive tasks involving high-speed access to real-time inputs, high-performance processing and complex digital signal processing.

"Today's embedded software developer is being tasked to build complex applications that require tremendous levels of system performance, and they need to deliver that performance within tightly managed cost, schedule and power budgets," said Vin Ratford, Xilinx Senior Vice President for Worldwide Marketing and Business Development. "By creating an architecture within a familiar ARM processor-based development framework, this new Extensible Processing Platform can be the engine of innovation for many design teams held back today by performance bottlenecks."

Xilinx said its Extensible Processing Platform is especially relevant for next-generation wireless base stations, which can leverage parallel processing of 4G signals in combination with multiuser data management on Cortex A9 processors - all in a small, power-efficient, cost-effective integrated solution. Because the platform is extensible, developers have the flexibility to implement future equipment updates and performance upgrades of both hardware and software.

Ixia offers Energy Efficiency Testing

Ixia has upgraded its iSimCity facility in Santa Clara, California to now provide green IT testing.

The testing uses Ixia's IxGreen suite, which has recently been upgraded to include the Telecommunications Energy Efficiency Ratio (TEER) measurement defined by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).

Conexant Posts Revenue of $62 Million

Conexant reported quarterly revenues of $61.9 million, exceeding the company's financial guidance. GAAP gross margins were 61.1 percent of revenues. GAAP operating expenses were $26.9 million. GAAP net income including discontinued operations was $10.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share.

"During the quarter we completed the financial restructuring of our company, which was one of our highest priorities," Scott Mercer, Conexant's chairman and chief executive officer said.

Mellanox Launches InfiniBand-Ethernet-Fibre Channel Gateway

Mellanox Technologies launched its BridgeX BX5020, an InfiniBand to Ethernet and/or Fibre Channel gateway system in a 1 RU box. The BX5020, in conjunction with ConnectX-2 Adapters, enables Enterprise Data Centers, Cloud and High Performance Computing server clusters to share the same fabric for computing, networking and storage traffic.

Mellanox said its new gateway enables InfiniBand's inherent bandwidth and latency performance, QoS, and scalability benefits to transparently apply to Ethernet and Fibre Channel deployments. Some product highlights:

  • Four 40Gb/s InfiniBand server switch facing ports

  • Up to 12 10GigE LAN and iSCSI SAN facing ports

  • Up to 16 1/2/4/8Gb/s Fibre Channel SAN facing ports

  • A flexible mix of Ethernet and Fibre Channel ports

  • Ultra low-latency gateway system with less than 200ns latency between InfiniBand and Ethernet or Fibre Channel

  • Support for virtual I/O and a large number of virtual machines through instantiation of up to 8000 virtual NICs and HBAs.

ZTE Reports Q1 Revenue of US$1.94 Billion, up 14% YoY

ZTE Corporation reported Q1 2010 revenue of RMB 13.26 billion (about US$1.94 billion, up 13.6% from RMB 11.67 billion for the same period last year. The Group reported a net profit of RMB 109.86 million (US$16 million) in the three months ended 31 March 2010, up 39.68% from RMB 78.66 million in the same period last year.

The company observed that investments in telecommunications equipment in the domestic market remained stable during the quarter, with mobile network construction and optical communication equipment accounting for a major share of the capital expenditure of carriers. In the international market, the impact of the financial crisis was waning, and the Group was presented with more opportunities as some equipment manufacturers left the mainstream market.

By product category, ZTE's business segment of carriers' networks reported 0.9% growth compared with the same period last year, driven mainly by revenue from the sales of optical communication products and wireline switch and access products. The terminal segment reported sales growth of 41.8% year-on-year, attributable mainly to the rapid growth in the sales of high-end products featuring mainly 3G handsets. Revenue from telecommunications software systems, services and other products also grew by 40.8%, reflecting mainly growth in revenue from enterprise network products and servicing products.

FCC's Spectrum Task Force Gets Underway

The FCC announced the launch of the Spectrum Task Force under the National Broadband Plan. Julius Knapp, Chief of the Office of Engineering Technology, and Ruth Milkman, Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, will co-chair the cross-agency working group.

The Task Force will include the Chiefs of the Enforcement, International, Media, and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureaus, as well as the Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.

Netronome Clocks 200 Gbps of L2-L7 Network Flow Processing

Netronome unveiled its Network Flow Processing Platform, which combines its latest generation of network flow processors with Intel Xeon 5600 CPUs to deliver 200 Gbps of programmable L2-L7 networking performance in compact 1U and 2U form factors.

Netronome's heterogeneous multicore processing architecture provides independent layers of workload-optimized packet, flow, security and application processing to dramatically increase network performance. Simultaneously, it frees IA/x86 resources to provide more application and control plane processing.

Because the platform is based on standard Intel-based CPUs, developers of Linux-based network and security applications can significantly reduce development time and costs. Highlights of the Netronome Network Flow Processing Platforms include:

  • Application performance -- up to 200 Gbps of network and security application performance with sub-100 microsecond latency.

  • Configurable network interfaces -- offering 200 Gbps of modular front-facing network interfaces with integrated network resiliency hardware including 10/100/1000, 10-Gigabit and 40-Gigabit Ethernet.

  • System scalability -- through a 40 Gbps clustering module, traffic can be balanced across any number of devices for extremely high-throughput and compute-intensive workloads.

  • Rapid development -- standard Linux-based applications can quickly and seamlessly take advantage of these capabilities through C-based APIs and a fully integrated development environment that includes a C-compiler, powerful simulation environment, extensive software libraries and sample applications.

  • Programmable L2-L7 flow processing -- up to 480 Gbps of L2-L4 packet processing; line-rate, stateful L4-L7 flow processing; and accelerated security processing for bulk cryptography and PKI operations.

  • Enhanced I/O virtualization -- for application and control plane traffic requiring bandwidth guarantees and traffic isolation in virtual environments, to over two thousand x86 endpoints and other networking devices.

Spirent and EANTC Test Cloud Computing Performance

Spirent Communications and the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) demonstrated a dynamic cloud computing test environment that benchmarks the performance, availability, security and scalability (PASS) of private, public and hybrid clouds.
Some of the key findings of this test include:

  • Cloud computing service providers are not equal. At different workloads, service providers show different performance levels.

  • Traditional network SLAs have to be re-examined as companies transition to a hybrid cloud computing model

  • Distributed virtual switches are proving to be reliable during service disruptions and upgrades, taking only a few seconds to transfer services across physical resources

  • Convergence of SAN and LAN with Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) delivered the required performance for storage

  • Virtualization and high-speed Ethernet enable high availability with fast convergence times during live migration but the impact on application performance is a concern.

"To reap the full benefit of cloud computing, it is critical to understand the requirements of the cloud computing framework across key network attributes such as performance, security, availability and scalability," said Carsten Rossenhoevel, managing director, EANTC. "Spirent has partnered with us to stage an innovative test evaluating private and public cloud performance in the real world. We are excited to publish the results of this industry-first test of public cloud providers."

Nokia Debuts N8 SmartPhone

Nokia unveiled its N8 Symbian ^3 smartphone, featuring a multi-touch screen, a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and the ability to record and play HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 also offers multiple, personalizable homescreens which can be loaded with apps and widgets. Nokia said it is using a new 2D and 3D graphics architecture to deliver a faster and more responsive user interface.

Connectivity includes WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n; BT3.0 with support for stereo headsets; and positioning with GPS, A-GPS, WLAN and Cell-ID.

The N8 is expected to be available in select markets during Q3 at an estimated retail price of EUR 370.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Actelis Networks Names Vivek Ragavan as CEO

Actelis Networks named Vivek Ragavan as its new CEO and president. Ragavan has previously served as CEO at Atrica and Redback Networks. Other executive positions held by Ragavan include CEO of Siara Systems, president of the residential broadband group at ADC Telecommunications, and vice president of engineering at General Instrument.

Tuvia Barlev, the long-standing CEO and president at Actelis, will remain active with the company as executive chairman of the board. Barlev co-founded Actelis Networks in 1998, along with current board director Kamran Elahian.

Cyan Offers Multi-Layer Network Management with 3D Heat Maps

Cyan, a start-up offering multi-layer optical transport system, introduced new tools for improving network planning, operations, performance and revenue opportunities.

CyMS Release 2.3 features three-dimensional "heat maps" which indicate changing network conditions before services are impacted. The three-dimensional representation indicates alarms, configuration-errors, congestion, and even capacity utilization.

Cyan's multi-layer transport platforms modularly combine packet, TDM and optical add / drop multiplexer, cross-connect and transport functionality. 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.

The company said a key advantage of its technology is the ability to provide an integrated and operationally unified view of the multiple virtual layers which comprise the complete network. Scalable networks are fundamentally multi-layer in nature. Each network is comprised of fibers, often located in conduits. Each fiber carries one or more wavelengths and multiple layers of aggregation and transport services operate over each wavelength to deliver a variety of voice, video and data services. Historically, these multiple network layers have been planned, implemented and operated as independent layers.

Release 2.3 of Cyan's multi-layer network management systems goes beyond three-dimensional displays of the various technology layers to provide visual indications of network locations and layers that may be experiencing varying forms of degradation or resource utilization that warrant operator action.

Proactively, the CyMS with multi-layer heat maps provide operators with a visual indication of various network parameters such as capacity utilization of a given service or technology layer at various nodes and spans.

Tata Communications Opens Moscow POP

Tata Communications has expanded its global network with the opening of a local Moscow point of presence.

Tata Communications owns and operates one of the world's largest private sub-sea cable networks, enabling it to reach over 1,600 wholesale customers, 10,000 enterprise customers and more than 600 mobile operators. Thisnow includes over 100 service providers in Russia and CIS that are serviced from the Moscow office.

Multiple services from its Moscow location will integrate seamlessly into the company's next generation network and IP/MPLS and Ethernet infrastructure for onward national and regional connectivity. The company's MPLS network reaches 67 countries together with its VNO network that reaches 194 countries.

ZTE Supplies IMS Core Network for China Mobile

China Mobile has selected ZTE to supply equipment for an IMS core network. The China Mobile's commercial IMS network will boast 1.4 million lines when it is completed over the next three months.

The IMS network will enable China Mobile to quickly launch fixed/mobile convergence services, such as Converged Centrex, Converged One Number, Multimedia CRBT and Converged Conferencing.

"This is a brand-new beginning of strategic cooperation in next generation core network field between China Mobile and ZTE. Our innovative and complete IMS solution helps China Mobile to provide cutting-edge converged services,expanding its business especially in enterprise market space," said Mr. Wang Xiaoqiang, Vice President of Core Network, ZTE Corporation.

Accton Selects Xelerated for GigE Fiber Access Products

Taiwan-based Accton Technology Corp. has selected Xelerated's programmable Ethernet switching silicon for new ODM products aimed at the unified fiber access market.

The two companies are bringing to market Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) access switches based on Xelerated's silicon and data plane software with Accton's system level product and production expertise.

Xelerated and Accton are showcasing their first product, a Gigabit Ethernet fiber access switch at this week's Interop show in Las Vegas.

The design provides a service density of 44 GE point-to-point access ports and four 10GE uplink ports in one rack unit space. The data plane is based on Xelerated's unified fiber access software, which supports point-to-point Ethernet, PON and mobile backhaul applications.

Ceragon Networks Report Sharp Revenue Rise for Mobile Backhaul

Ceragon Networks reported record Q1 2010 revenue of $59.7 million, up 36% from $43.9 million for the first quarter of 2009 and up 12% from $53.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income (GAAP) was $3.0 million or $0.09 per basic share and $0.08 per diluted share, compared to net income of $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2009, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share.

Ceragon supplies high-capacity, LTE/4G-ready wireless backhaul equipment.

Geographic breakdown of revenue:

EMEA -- 23%

North America -- 21%

Asia Pacific -- 53%

Latin America -- 3%

"The year is off to a very strong start in part because we were able to recognize revenue from some turnkey projects earlier than originally expected," said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon.

TI joins HomeGrid Forum's Board

Texas Instruments has joined the HomeGrid Forum board of directors to contribute to this worldwide standardization effort through the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU-T) organization.

ITU-T recently commissioned G.hnem, a new project within, intended to address the home networking, electric vehicle communications and grid access aspects of energy management. G.hnem will look to learn from existing Low Frequency Narrowband OFDM (LF NB OFDM) technologies.

"AMI, home networking and electric vehicle communications are critical smart grid applications, and low frequency narrowband PLC is essential to not only enabling the technologies, but also to realizing their full benefits. Texas Instruments will bring extensive experience from its involvement in the leading European PLC initiatives, PRIME and G3, to the G.hnem effort," said Emmanuel Sambuis, general manager for TI's metering business. "To eliminate fragmentation in the industry, TI sees HomeGrid and ITU-T as essential partners with other standards organizations, and together we will help achieve worldwide harmonization that will drive low cost, low power dissipation and high-reliability for smart grid solutions."

" and G.hnem have the ability to connect hundreds of end products in and outside of the home, allowing manufacturers and service providers to overcome traditional challenges while enabling new functionality," said Matthew Theall, president, HomeGrid Forum.