Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Microsemi Releases Energy Efficient Power-over-Ethernet

Microsemi introduced highly efficient, single port Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) midspans, featuring lowest power consumption in both no-load and load conditions. Microsemi's new single port midspans offer compact, fully IEEE 802.3af compliant solutions for remotely powering wireless LAN access points, IP security cameras, VoIP phones, access control systems and other low port density installations. The new midspans enable delivery of both data and power over a single standard RJ-45 cable, eliminating the need for external power supplies and their associated AC/DC power cabling, while providing affordable, safe and reliable power over existing Ethernet infrastructures.

In addition, Microsemi introduced a one-port Power-over-Ethernet manager chip (PD69101) capable of delivering 51 watts to powered devices while still complying with stringent IEEE802.3at-2009 requirements. The company said system designers also can go well beyond the IEEE standard to safely deliver up to 75W of power by using two of the new Microsemi PoE chipset devices over four pairs of Ethernet cable.

The IEEE802.3at-2009 standard defines sourcing of 30W over two pairs of Ethernet cable, guaranteeing delivery of 25.5W to powered devices across distances of up to 100m. The standard does not preclude delivering power over all 4-pairs in a CAT5 cable. Thus, Microsemi said its new PD69101 chip enables customers to build four-pair PSEs that can deliver 51W of fully standards-compliant power to a PD. Applications include a wide variety of power sourcing equipment including switches, routers and specialized platforms including PoE-enabled TVs and set-top boxes.

ADVA Posts Q1 Revenue of EUR 63 Million, up 11% YoY

ADVA Optical Networking reported Q1 2010 revenues of EUR 63.2 million -- above guidance of between EUR 57 million and EUR 62 million -- and up 10.9% compared to a year earlier and up 6.0% compared to the preceding quarter. The IFRS net income amounted to EUR 2.4 million in Q1 2010, after a net loss of EUR 0.5 million in Q1 2009.

"We are very pleased with our Q1 2010 revenues of EUR 63.2 million, which exceed guidance and are nicely up 6.0% vs. the previous quarter and 10.9% vs. Q1 2009. This development is largely based on strong Ethernet access business and significantly improved sales into enterprises. Q1 2010 pro forma gross margin at 43.0% of revenues came in below the 45.4% seen in the previous quarter and was muted by the stronger USD, and by the evolution of our FSP 500 platform to the next-generation FSP 150 platform," commented Jaswir Singh, chief financial officer & chief operating officer of ADVA Optical Networking.

Ixia Posts Revenue of $62 Million

Ixia reported total revenue for Q1 2010 of $62.0 million, an increase of 67 percent over $37.1 million reported for the 2009 first quarter and an increase of 11 percent over the $56.1 million reported for the immediately preceding quarter. Revenue for the 2010 first quarter includes $10.1 million attributable to IxN2X sales following the acquisition of Agilent Technologies' N2X Data Network Testing Product line on October 30, 2009 and $9.1 million related to sales of our IxCatapult products following the acquisition of Catapult Communications in June 2009.

"Despite normal seasonality, we were encouraged by solid demand for our testing solutions in the first quarter, especially in Asia and from our largest customer in the United States," commented Atul Bhatnagar, Ixia's president and chief executive officer. "The integration of the N2X product line continues on track and feedback from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive. While the market remains competitive, N2X contributed significantly during the period and we are encouraged by the outlook for the future. Also reassuring, even without the contributions from the N2X or Catapult products, Ixia grew sequentially and on a year-over-year basis, pointing to the underlying health of our business. Additionally, we have begun to realize many of the cost synergies from our acquisitions and expect to see the positive benefit on our bottom line in the second quarter."

France Telecom Q1 Revenues Down 2.7%, FTTH Rollout Planned for 2H

The France Telecom Group reported Q1 2010 revenues of 10.96 billion euros, down 2.7% compared to a year earlier. Excluding the impact of regulatory measures, the company said its decrease would have been 0.3%. EBITDA was 3.76 billion euros, a margin of 34.3%, down 1 point on a comparable basis.

"The Group again proved its ability to maintain its performance in terms of revenues and profitability against the backdrop of an economic and regulatory environment that remains difficult. France saw a slight improvement in revenues and the resumption of the fiber optic network deployment in more than 20 cities and towns," stated St├ęphane Richard, Chief Executive Officer of France Telecom.

Some highlights:

  • The group now has 123.7 million mobile customers and 13.5 million broadband subscribers.

  • In the Enterprise segment, revenues fell 6.1% (excluding equipment sales), marked by the migration towards Internet usage and the persistent slowdown in the services business.

  • CAPEX of 874 million euros: the CAPEX rate to revenues was 8.0%, compared with 9.9% in the first quarter of 2009 on a comparable basis.

  • CAPEX was stable in France. Investment in 3G mobile services increased in order to support the growth in data service volumes.

  • The Group confirms its annual CAPEX rate objective of about 12% of revenues.

  • France Telecom expects to ramp-up its FTTH rollout in France in the second half.

Amsterdam Internet Exchange Deploys MRV's LambdaDriver

The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), one of the world's largest public Internet exchanges, is deploying MRV Communications' LambdaDriver DWDM equipment.

AMS-IX recently moved to a MPLS/VPLS setup to continue to grow beyond the limitations of a pure layer 2 platform, for which larger switches or switches with 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports were not available on the market yet.

"Meanwhile, in a few months we will move to a double density blade allowing the Brocade's NetIron MLX32 routers we use to support 256 10-Gbps Ethernet ports each," said Henk Steenman, AMS-IX CTO. "However," he added, "this blade does not have integrated optics. The edge and core routers with double-density blades will therefore have to rely on DWDM systems to connect to one another," explaining the addition of the MRV systems to the exchange infrastructure.

The network has a total capacity of 2.2 Terabits divided over 220 x 10 Gigabit in a quadruple redundant hub/spoke topology. The developments in the optical transport market are going fast and AMS-IX will move towards 100 Gigabit DWDM links in 2011.

Amazon Expands its Cloud Services for Asia Pacific has expanded its cloud computing services for the Asia-Pacific region. Businesses with customers based in Asia can now leverage the AWS suite of infrastructure web services to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud. Prior to today, the AWS platform has been available from datacenters in the U.S. and Europe.

The first AWS Asia Pacific Region is located in Singapore.

Amazon cited several examples of companies using its AWS. For example, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is using AWS for its e4 Mars Rover Application, which acts as a platform to massively parallelize the analysis of telemetry and images from the Mars Rovers; global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly is using AWS to provide computational pipelines to scientists across the globe for a number of tasks, ranging from sequence database searching to protein structure prediction and virtual screening.

AWS technology partners include Red Hat, Oracle, Sun, MySQL, IBM, and RightScale along with Consultancies supporting AWS include Capgemini, Deloitte, Accenture, Tata Consultancy Services and Patni Computer Systems.

Cisco Highlights its Progress in Cloud Services

Cisco highlighted its progress so far in cloud-based networking services. The company currently operates more than 30 global data centers and claims to have delivered more than seven consecutive years of near 100 percent uptime for its customers.

Cisco said its traffic to its cloud security solutions continue to grow rapidly. Every day, these services are currently handling 2.8 billion reputation look-ups, 2.5 billion Web requests and the detection of more than 250 billion spam messages. The Cisco IronPort Anti-Spam solution is in more than 235 million seats with organizations all over the world. These solutions are supported by automated intelligence and by 100 engineers dedicated to ensuring that Cisco cloud security is there to fortify customer networks.

In addition, Cisco introduced the following cloud-based services:

Cloud-based Cisco IronPort Email Data Loss Prevention and Encryption -- Cisco's cloud e-mail data-loss prevention solution utilizes the power of Cisco Cloud Security Services to help protect outbound e-mail in the cloud, helping enable customers to meet compliance requirements. The service is aimed enterprises that require high levels of protection of their sensitive data but do not want to manage the infrastructure themselves. Additionally, it provides customers with hosted mailboxes as well as the advantage of regulating compliance and acceptable-use policies. Cisco said its solution offers more than 100 predefined policies related to global compliance, regulatory compliance, regional laws, intellectual property protection and acceptable use.

Cisco ScanSafe Web Intelligence Reporting -- WIRe is a business intelligence platform developed by ScanSafe, which was acquired by Cisco in December 2009. WIRe gives enterprises insight into how their Web resources are being used, focusing on ensuring that business-critical applications are not being affected by non-business-related traffic. In a matter of seconds, WIRe can deliver detailed user-level information and provide extensive information about Web communications activities. More than 80 predefined reports are available, and WIRe enables activities to be reported and filtered by 87 different attributes, including search terms and employee bandwidth usage over time. By clearly seeing the types of traffic coming into and exiting the network, enterprises can have a high degree of confidence that their corporate information is highly secure and that all malware and inappropriate content has been blocked.
  • In December 2009, Cisco agreed to acquire privately held ScanSafe, a provider of software-as- a-service (SaaS) Web security solutions, approximately $183 million in cash and retention-based incentives. Based in London and San Francisco, ScanSafe offers Web security via a SaaS model. Its Web Security offering combines Web filtering with a proprietary "Outbreak Intelligence" engine that uses dynamic, reputation and behavior based analysis to identify and block zero-day threats. Its Web Filtering service enables customers to define what content is permitted to enter their network, as well as what information can leave. ScanSafe also provides an inbound and outbound email filtering and security service.

Occam Posts Q1 Revenue of $22 Million

Occam Networks reported Q1 2010 revenue of $22.3 million, compared with $21.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 and with $19.4 million for the first quarter of 2009. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2010 was $9.8 million, or 44% of revenue, compared with $8.9 million, or 40% of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2009 was $8.2 million, or 42% of revenue. There was a GAAP net loss of $610,000 or a net loss of $0.03 per basic share.

"This quarter marked the shipment of several important new products," said Bob Howard-Anderson, president and CEO of Occam. "With our product breadth and depth and continued good financial performance, we continue to believe that we are well positioned for growth in broadband deployments by service providers worldwide."

NetLogic and TSMC Collaborate on 28nm Process Tech

NetLogic Microsystems will adopt Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) NEXSYS 28HP (28nm high performance) semiconductor process node for its next-generation knowledge-based processors, multi-core processors and 10/40/100Gigabit PHY.

As an early development partner, NetLogic Microsystems is using TSMC's 28nm node to raise the networking infrastructure performance bar. NetLogic has development underway for multiple product lines on the TSMC 28nm node. In addition, NetLogic is developing a suite of custom high-performance circuits optimized around TSMC's 28nm node, including high-speed serial interface technology, analog and clocking circuitry, core processing elements and other standard cells, as well as refining the design and tape-out flow for this advanced node.

Motorola Posts a Profit on Q1 Sales of $5.0 Billion

Motorola reported sales of $5.0 billion in the first quarter of 2010. The GAAP earnings in the first quarter of 2010 were $69 million, or $0.03 per share, which compares to a GAAP loss from continuing operations of $291 million, or $0.13 per share, in Q1 2009. During the quarter, the company generated positive operating cash flow of $485 million and ended the quarter with a total cash position of $8.5 billion.

"We continue to execute on our business strategy, build momentum in smartphones and improve our operating performance. During the quarter, we increased smartphone shipments sequentially and introduced six new devices," said Sanjay Jha, Motorola co-chief executive officer and CEO of Mobile Devices and Home. "We are in a strong position to improve our share in the rapidly growing smartphone market, particularly in light of our competitive portfolio, strengthened brand and improved carrier relationships."

Some highlights:

Mobile Devices segment sales were $1.6 billion, down 9 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. The GAAP operating loss was $192 million, a significant improvement compared to the operating loss of $545 million in the year-ago quarter.

Motorola shipped 8.5 million mobile device units during the quarter, including 2.3 million smartphones.

During Q1, Motorola introduced six new Android-powered smartphones.

Motorola Home segment sales were $838 million, down 18 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $20 million, compared to $3 million in the year-ago quarter.

Motorola shipped 3.1 million digital entertainment devices

Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Solutions segment sales were $1.7 billion, up 6 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $141 million, compared with operating earnings of $66 million in the year-ago quarter.

During the quarter, Motorola secured one of the single largest TETRA terminal contracts ever awarded in Europe, including more than 50,000 terminals, from the German Federal Ministry of Interior.

Motorola's Networks segment sales were $896 million, down 7 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $112 million, compared to $62 million in the year-ago quarter.

During Q1, Motorola shipped 2 millionth WiMAX CPE and dongles, doubling cumulative shipments in just five months.

Sonus Networks Enhances its NBS-9000 Network Border Switch

Sonus Networks announced significant enhancements to its existing NBS-9000, offered as a software upgrade on its proven GSX platform. The enhancements to the NBS-9000 include:

Improved Access SBC Functionality: improved security features to monitor and maintain SLAs with individual devices - especially useful in an access SBC environment. In addition, there is increased support for industry standards like SIPConnect and SIP-B that enables NBS-9000 to accommodate diverse SIP implementations from a wide variety of clients, devices and SIP servers. The product also adds integration support for third party PCRF implementations, making it more adaptable to the varying customer deployment configurations.

Adverse Condition Recovery: The NBS-9000 enhances support of network operations and emergency call handling in the event of network outages or adverse network conditions. In addition, new multi-level preemption and precedence features allow certain calls to have priority over existing calls in the network. These sets of enhancements enable Sonus to serve government and emergency network deployments.

Enhanced Call Control and Routing: The NBS-9000 now supports additional congestion control features that allow it to throttle messages to peers that are overloaded, improving overall network health. In addition, the NBS has added support to query multiple DNS servers to augment its market leading routing capabilities. The NBS-9000 can now directly interface to ENUM servers to bring more efficiency to routing.

Higher Capacity, More Cost Effective Deployment: Hardware capacity improvements now permit the NBS-9000 to scale to even greater transcoding densities and call rates, bringing increased deployment efficiencies.

Sierra Wireless Posts Revenue of $151 Million, M2M Sales187% YoY

Sierra Wireless reported Q1 2010 revenue of $151.3 million, an increase of 36% compared to $111.4 million in the first quarter of 2009 and an increase of 5% compared to $144.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. On a GAAP basis, net loss was $7.5 million, or loss per share of $0.24, compared to a net loss of $23.7 million, or loss per share of $0.76, in the first quarter of 2009.

Growth was driven by an increase in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) revenue to $88.7 million, up 187% compared to $30.9 million in first quarter of 2009 and up 15% compared to $77.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Revenue from M2M in the first quarter was nearly triple what it was a year ago and now represents 59% of total sales.

M2M growth was partially offset by a decline in Mobile Computing revenue to $62.6 million, down 22% compared to $80.5 million in the first quarter of 2009 and down 6% compared to $66.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

"We are pleased with our first quarter results, including higher than expected revenue and improving profitability," said Jason Cohenour, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We also made significant progress during the quarter building on our leadership position in M2M, while also revitalizing momentum in our Mobile Computing business.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Samsung and NSN Complete TD-LTE Data Call

Samsung and Nokia Siemens Networks announced the world's first TD-LTE data call. The demonstration, which was conducted at Nokia Siemens Networks' R&D Center in Hangzhou, China, used Nokia Siemens Networks' end to end TD-LTE network solution and Samsung's TD-LTE USB dongle.

TD-LTE is the variant of LTE for unpaired spectrum expected to be deployed by operators such as China Mobile.

Comcast's Revenue Rises 3.8%, CAPEX Declines 20%

Comcast's overall revenue for Q1 2010 increased 3.8% to $9.2 billion, while Operating Cash Flow increased 3.5% to $3.6 billion. Earnings per Share (EPS) was $0.31, a 14.8% increase from the $0.27 reported in the first quarter of 2009.

Capital Expenditures for the first quarter of 2010 declined 20.3% to $925 million, or 10.1% of total revenue, reflecting timing of equipment purchases and improved pricing, partially offset by growth in Comcast Business Services and advanced services (HD and DVR), as well as the ongoing deployment of wideband and All-Digital.

"Our healthy operating and financial results for the first quarter mark a solid start to 2010. First quarter results were driven by robust customer growth, a rebound in advertising, momentum in Business Services and our continued focus on expense and capital management. We've also made significant progress in deploying All-Digital and DOCSIS 3.0, or wideband," stated Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast.

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • The company lost 82,000 video customers in the quarter, giving it a total of 23,477,000 -- down 2.6% YoY.

  • The company added 399,000 High-Speed Internet Customers in Q1, giving it a total of 16,329,000 at the end of the quarter -- up 7% YoY

  • The company added 273,000 Digital Voice customers in Q1, giving it a total of 7,895,000 -- up 16.6% YoY.

Sprint Sees Improving Trends, Wireless Base at 48.1 Million

Sprint lost a total of 75,000 net subscribers in Q1 2010, however, the company recorded its best year-over-year improvement in post-paid gross subscriber additions and the highest prepaid gross subscriber additions in five years as it achieved the best total company net subscriber results since the third quarter of 2007. Net post-paid subscriber losses improved year-over-year as the company lost 670,000 fewer subscribers than in the first quarter of 2009.

Sprint company served 48.1 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010. This includes 33.4 million post-paid subscribers (26 million on CDMA, 6.8 million on iDEN, and 607,000 Power Source users who utilize both networks), 11 million prepaid subscribers (5.7 million on iDEN and 5.3 million on CDMA) and approximately 3.6 million wholesale and affiliate subscribers, all of whom utilize the CDMA network.

Financially, Sprint reported consolidated net operating revenues of approximately $8.1 billion and a net loss of $865 million, which includes a non-cash $365 million (12 cents per share) increase in valuation allowance on deferred tax assets.

"Sprint's first quarter results, including increased net operating revenues and significant year-over-year net post-paid subscriber improvements show we continue to make progress in improving the business," said Dan Hesse, Sprint Nextel CEO.

Some other highlights:

  • Post-paid churn in the quarter was 2.15% compared to 2.25% in the year-ago period and 2.11% in the fourth quarter of 2009.

  • Prepaid churn in the first quarter of 2010 was 5.74%, compared to 6.86% in the year-ago period and 5.56% in the fourth quarter of 2009.

  • Retail wireless service revenues of $6.4 billion for the quarter increased by less than 1% compared to the first quarter of 2009 and increased approximately 3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. The year-over-year and sequential improvement is primarily due to an increased number of prepaid subscribers as a result of the acquisition of Virgin Mobile and success of the Boost Monthly Unlimited offering.

  • Wireless post-paid ARPU of approximately $55 for the quarter declined year-over-year from $56, but remained flat sequentially.

  • Wireless equipment subsidy in the first quarter was approximately $1 billion (equipment revenue of $567 million, less cost of products of $1.57 billion) as compared to approximately $840 million in the year-ago period and approximately $960 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

  • Wireless capital expenditures were $311 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to $197 million spent in the first quarter of 2009 and $427 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.

  • Wireline capital expenditures were $56 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to $77 million in the first quarter of 2009 and $62 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. The company made significant capital investments in prior years to build out its IP network, and less capital was required in recent quarters to maintain high quality performance levels.

Corning's Telecom Sales Decline 10% to $364 Million

In its financial report for Q1 2010, Corning noted that telecommunications segment sales were $364 million, a sequential decline of 10% and in line with the company's previous expectations. Year-over-year sales declined 5% in the quarter. Despite the quarterly sales decline, the company saw improved profitability in this segment as it began realizing operational improvements from restructuring actions taken last year. Corning had a telecommunications restructuring charge in last year's fourth quarter.

Corning also said that it anticipates its second-quarter telecommunications segment sequential sales will increase by 10% to 15%. Optical fiber and cable sales are expected to show strength across North America and China throughout the quarter. Sales of hardware and equipment and private network products are also expected to remain strong.

eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance Gets Underway

A new eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance has been established to drive innovations in multi-core parallel processing platforms and software development for next-generation enterprise,telecommunications and data center networks.

The eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance said it will serves as a foundation upon which original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can more effectively and more efficiently develop high-performance networking equipment using industry-leading multi-core processors.

Founding members include: 6WIND, Abatron AG, Advantech, AirHop Communications, Aricent, Axentra, BitDefender, BroadWeb Co., Continuous Computing Corporation, CriticalBlue, D2 Technologies, Effnet AB, ENEA AB, JumpGen Systems, Kaspersky Lab, Lanner Group Limited, Macraigor Systems, Mentor Graphics, NetLogic Microsystems, NEXCOM International Co. LTD., Procera Networks, Qosmos, Sensory Networks, Silicom, and TeamF1.

Mexico's MetroNet Deploys Metro 10GE MPLS Ring with Orckit-Corrigent

MetroNet, which provides wholesale fiber optic service for telecommunications carriers in Mexico, has deployed a 10GE MPLS metro ring in Mexico using Orckit-Corrigent's CE+T solution. The recently deployed network upgrade enables MetroNet to bring 10G Ethernet with multilayer OAM and protection mechanisms to its "Carrier of Carriers" network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

MetroNet is using Orckit-Corrigent's standard and interoperable Layer 2 MPLS to deliver scalable and affordable Carrier's Carrier infrastructure, increasing their number of subscribers, services, and Gigabit Ethernet links. Orckit-Corrigent implements Layer 2 MPLS on a carrier Ethernet switch at the first level of metro aggregation.

ESnet Builds GMPLS Optical VPNs with Infinera

ESnet, the high-performance research network operated by the U.S. Department of Energy, is using Infinera's DTN platform to offer optical virtual private networks (OVPNs) to academic and government research institutes.

OVPNs will be designed to enable ESnet users to manage their own virtual private network securely over the shared Infinera infrastructure. In addition, the network will be designed to enable OVPN users to dynamically provision circuits on the network on demand, when and where they need them.

The network topology includes the following: Infinera's DWDM optical systems are General Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS)-enabled. The deployed Layer 2 switches will additionally support OpenFlow, an open standard that provides a standardized interface to add and remove flow table entries in an Ethernet switch. Layer 3 routers currently include small Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-enabled routers, compatible with ESnet's Science Data Network (SDN) running On-demand Secure Circuit and Reservation System or OSCARS.

The Infinera systems support the ability to experiment with multi-domain hybrid networking, enabling research activities targeted at multi-layer, multi-domain control and signaling.

"The ability to isolate and segregate traffic in different control planes for the different types of traffic is key," said Steve Cotter, head of ESnet. "This will allow researchers to test new protocols that can dynamically provision layer 1, 2 or 3 virtual circuits so traffic can be transferred to the most cost-effective layer. We transport very large datasets on our network for climate science and physics. The near term goal is to learn how to identify flows and move them down to the layer where they can be transported with greatest efficiency."

The deployment is part of ESnet's Advanced Network Initiative (ANI) testbed, which is funded by $62 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In the next few months, ESnet will be issuing a call for proposals for users to conduct research on the testbed. ESnet is also issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for equipment vendors and service providers to build the next phase of the ANI project; a planned nationwide 100G prototype network that is slated to link three of DOE's major supercomputing centers-- NERSC at Berkeley Lab, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee-- and MANLAN, the international exchange point in New York.

Bell Labs Opens Eco-oriented Research Center in Australia

Alcatel-Lucent's research arm, Bell Labs, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government are partnering to establish a research center in Melbourne, Australia that will be devoted to innovation in energy efficient networks and technologies. Specifically, the research will focus on the energy efficiency of network infrastructure elements. Both the University of Melbourne and Bell Labs are members of the GreenTouch initiative, a global, industry-wide consortium formed to achieve a dramatic improvement in energy efficiency by driving a radical redesign of communications networks.

The Victorian-based research facility, to be called the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), will have a staff of researchers and technology experts that will build to a team of 22 during the next three years. Bell Labs and the University of Melbourne will share governance of the center which will be based at the University.
  • In January 2010, Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs introduced a consortium of leading researchers to create the technologies needed to make communications networks 1000 times more energy efficient than they are today. Specifically, the Green Touch initiative aims to develop and demonstrate fundamental technologies within five years that could lead to radical redesign of how networks are built and operated.

    Researchers at Bell Labs calculate that wireless networks theoretically could be 10,000 times more energy efficient than they are today. Optical networks, in principle, could reach energy efficiency levels even lower than that. Significant efficiency gains could be possible by rethinking and improving transport, circuits, coding and protocols. Working groups will be established in each of these areas. The five year plan is to create a reference network architecture and demonstrations of the key components required to realize this improvement.