Thursday, April 29, 2010

Taiwan's Chunghwa Continues ADSL-to-FTTx Migration

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom was serving 4.3 million broadband subscribers as of March 31, 2010. There were 1.74 million FTTx subscribers, accounting for 40.4% of Chunghwa's total broadband subscriber base. This compares to 1.64 million FTTx subscribers at the end of the last quarter (Dec 2009).

By the end of the first quarter 2010, the number of ADSL and FTTx subscribers with a service speed greater than 8 Mbps reached 2.1 million, representing 48.8% of total broadband subscribers, compared to 39.0% at the end of the first quarter of 2009.

As of March 31, 2010, Chunghwa had 9.4 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 4.2% compared to 8.98 million at the end of the first quarter of 2009. Chunghwa had 4.9 million 3G subscribers at the end of March 2010, accounting for 52.7% of its total subscriber base.

Chunghwa's total consolidated revenue for the first quarter of 2010 increased by 1.0% year-over-year to NT$49.6 billion, of which 44.8% was from the mobile business, 11.8% was from the internet business, 34.7% was from the domestic fixed business, 8.0% was from the international fixed business and the remainder was from the other business segment. The primary reasons for the year-over-year increase were the economic recovery and the company's marketing efforts.

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Motorola Achieves 80 Mbps Downlinks in TD-LTE Field Trials with China's MIIT

Motorola has completed the Phase I TD-LTE field trials with China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). This over-the-air (OTA) TD-LTE trial included key functionality, performance and mobility test cases in a multi-sector, multi-site environment that lays a solid foundation for large scale TD-LTE deployment.

Motorola noted the following achievements for the trial:

  • High performance with downlink throughput up to 80 Mbps

  • Successful demonstration of key TD-LTE features including mobility and handover with live applications, low latency and more

  • Utilization of third-party user equipment (UE) test to guarantee standard compliance

  • TD-LTE trial sites overlaid on existing 2G/3G sites

Motorola is now ready to begin Phase II TD-LTE field trials with increased focus on applications and quality of service (QoS) in Shunyi, Beijing.

The milestone follows the recently announced TD-LTE key functionalities test initiated by the TD-LTE working group, which was set up by MIIT in June 2009 with China's three telecom operators and other key industry partners.

In addition, Motorola said it is demonstrating end-to-end TD-LTE experiences at the Information and Communication Pavilion to support China Mobile Communications Corporation's (CMCC) presence at the Shanghai Expo.

Ericsson Outlines TCO2 Framework for Energy Efficiency

Two-thirds of all CO2e emissions associated with network equipment during its lifetime are attributed to its operation, according to a recently published whitepaper from Ericsson.

To help operators who are being challenged to respond to growing carbon emissions concerns, volatile fuel prices and potential added costs such as carbon taxes, Ericsson is now offering a TCO2 approach that measures carbon emissions and uses the total-cost-of-ownership methodology. During 2009, Telstra worked with Ericsson on this approach during a nationwide carbon and energy audit of its wireless network.

Ericsson said telecom operators can use its TCO2 methodology in network operations to evaluate carbon emission
and energy consumption savings from different solutions and network scenarios.

In its whitepaper, Ericsson observes that networks worldwide are expanding to serve more subscribers and increasing traffic per subscriber. The ICT sector is estimated to account for about 2 percent of global energy use and subsequent carbon emissions (with telecom representing just 0.6 percent). Nevertheless, the absolute amount of energy consumed by telecom networks is growing -- along with associated CO2e emissions.

However, the carbon intensity of the network traffic is lower than the activities the traffic replaces (such as video conferencing replacing travel). One approach is to increase energy efficiency in driving additional traffic so the carbon intensity differential between that traffic and the activities it replaces is as great as possible.

Ericsson TCO2 also provides a framework for evaluating two or more network architecture choices for their overall energy efficiency. The approach applies to both greenfield and existing networks.

The whitepaper is posted online.

Motorola and Opticon Announce Cross Licensing Agreement

Motorola announced a cross license agreement settling all outstanding intellectual property disputes between the two companies and their subsidiaries, including Motorola's subsidiary, Symbol Technologies.

Under the cross license agreement, Opticon has taken a royalty bearing license to Motorola's patents in the fields of laser based barcode scanning, imaging based barcode scanning and mobile computing. The specific terms of the settlement are confidential.

Cisco Wins Major Contract with Emirates

The Emirates Group a three-year contract for the purchase of Cisco network support and optimization services to be financed by Cisco Capital in the UAE. Emirates Group has selected Cisco Gold partner Gulf Business Machines (GBM), a leading IT solutions provider in the Middle East fulfilling the IT requirements of local, regional and international organizations in the GCC, to purchase Cisco services and work closely with Cisco to deliver these services and support the Cisco infrastructure.

Cisco said this deal represents an important milestone in that the Emirates Group is one of the first companies in the region to utilize the additional innovative resources that Cisco has to offer beyond its products and standard maintenance services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Telecom's Mobile Base Continues Fast Growth as Wireline Declines

China Telecom continues to ramp-up its mobile subscriber base, ending Q1 2010 with 65,450,000 mobile subscribers up by 9.36 million for the quarter. The average mobile service revenue per user per month (ARPU) for the first quarter primarily remained stable, while the average mobile minutes of usage per user per month (MOU) has slightly increased, as compared to that for the full year of last year.

However, due to this intensified mobile substitution and churn of its Personal Handyphone System (PAS) subscribers, China Telecom continued to record negative growth in its number of local access lines in service for the first quarter. It ended Q1 with 184.23 million local access lines in service, down by 4.3 million for the quarter.

Mobile voice usage is correspondingly expanding rapidly and will likely soon eclipse local access voice usage.

Services like Internet and data services, integrated information services continued its robust growth momentum, which effectively mitigated the impact of decline in the wireline voice services. The wireline broadband subscribers reached 55.84 million, representing a net addition of 2.38 million.

For Q1, the China Telecom Group reported operating revenues of RMB 52,712 million, representing an increase of 3.6% from the first quarter of last year. The profit attributable to equity holders of the Company was RMB 4,272 million, representing a decline of 9.1% from the first quarter of last year and an increase of 127.4% from the fourth quarter of last year. EBITDA (before CDMA network capacity lease fees) was RMB 22,796 million, an increase of 2.7% from the first quarter of last year and an increase of 22.7% from the fourth quarter of last year. EBITDA margin was 43.2%, representing a decline of 0.4 percentage points from 43.6% of the first quarter of last year and an increase of 8.5 percentage points from 34.7% of the fourth quarter of last year.

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 Stéphane 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.