Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Industry Reaction to Genachowski's Third-Way

In Favor

FCC Commissioner Copps: "Frankly, I would have preferred plain and simple Title II reclassification through a
declaratory ruling and limited, targeted forbearance--wiping the slate clean of all question marks. The quicker we can bring some sense of surety and stability to the present confusion emanating from the Comcast court decision, the better off consumers--and industry, too--will be.

"But we should welcome this step toward bringing broadband back under the Title II framework where it belongs. It was a travesty to move it in the first place, and those decisions caused consumers, small businesses and the country enormous competitive disadvantage."

The Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG) , a trade association representing small, rural wireless carriers: "The 'third way' approach described by Chairman Genachowski, which would subject Internet access services to Title II regulation subject to substantial forbearance, will level the regulatory playing field by subjecting broadband service providers to a similar regulatory scheme as commercial wireless carriers. Caressa Bennet, RTG's General Counsel, stated, "The Third Way is technology neutral, creates a level playing field and will protect rural broadband consumers. The Commission's approach will utilize the same regulatory scheme as currently applied to wireless carriers, a regulatory scheme that has allowed mobile services to flourish as never before, to the benefit of the entire U.S. economy. Forbearance from all Title II regulation but Sections 201, 202, 208, 222, 254 and 255 will give broadband providers the regulatory certainty they need to develop long terms plans without hindering them with unnecessary regulatory constraints."


FCC Commissioners' McDowell and Baker: "Today the Commission embarks on a journey to cross a regulatory Rubicon by classifying Internet access service as traditional telephone service under Title II of the Communications Act. This proposal is disappointing and deeply concerns us. It is neither a light-touch approach nor a third way. Instead, it is a stark departure from the long-established bipartisan framework for addressing broadband regulation that has led to billions in investment and untold consumer opportunities. It also poses serious ramifications across the globe.

After several government investigations, no evidence of systemic failure in the broadband market has been presented to justify this new, more onerous regulatory regime. Additionally, without a specific mandate from Congress, the appellate courts are likely to hand the Commission another stinging rebuke for attempting to shatter the boundaries of its statutory authority. This proposal risks the credibility of our institution: Government agencies simply cannot create new legal powers beyond those granted by Congress."

USTelecom: "This is a deeply disturbing development. In proposing to apply 19th Century-style monopoly regulation to the competitive 21st Century Internet, the FCC has put a cloud of uncertainty over the most dynamic sector of the economy -- an area of robust job creation, thriving innovation, and extraordinary levels of consumer satisfaction. In doing so, the Commission is acting in a way that would seem to be fundamentally at odds with its own stated interest in promoting broadband deployment and adoption, encouraging expanded consumer choice through increased investment in facilities-based broadband networks, and encouraging jobs and economic growth.

"We welcome the Chairman's invitation to explore constructive ideas, and will work with him and the Commission to assure that consumers continue to enjoy the Internet freedoms they have today. But the notion of a 'third way' implies a compromise, which this is not. The Chairman's proposal goes far beyond the authority granted to the FCC by Congress. We believe it would be a mistake of historic proportions to abandon the longstanding bipartisan policy to keep the rapidly-evolving Internet free of growth-inhibiting government regulation."

TIA: "TIA's member companies have historically been negatively affected by application of many of the Title II requirements and, after years of deregulation, we would greatly regret to see the trend reverse, especially in these times of economic distress."

CTIA: "While we are disappointed with the Title II net neutrality announcement today, CTIA will continue to work to educate policymakers, including the FCC, on why net neutrality rules should not apply to wireless. This is an incredibly innovative and competitive industry that provides millions of jobs and contributes billions of dollars to our economy and is the world's leader in the provision of mobile broadband service. This complex, interdependent ecosystem is currently thriving to the benefit for all Americans. Putting that success at risk is unnecessary and dangerous, particularly in today's economic environment."

Verizon: "In enacting the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Congress intentionally excluded Internet services, like broadband Internet access, from the scope of Title II's regulatory burdens. Those regulations were designed for different services delivered by different networks in different times.

"We believe that the chairman's stated approach is legally unsupported. The regulatory and judicial proceedings that will ensue can only bring confusion and delay to the important work of continuing to build the nation's broadband future."

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW): "The FCC is utterly misguided if it believes that it is serving taxpayers and consumers by attempting to impose burdensome and unwarranted regulations on a constantly-changing, rapidly-growing, profitable industry such as the Internet."

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: "Given these turbulent economic times and the enormous cost of building out broadband infrastructure, the United States cannot afford policies that create regulatory uncertainty and hinder private-sector investment in this critical technology. Imposing these new requirements on broadband providers is counter to the intent of Congress and would unravel more than a decade of policies that have allowed the Internet to flourish."

Telegent Ships 80 Million Mobile TV Chips, Withdraws IPO

Telegent Systems announced a company milestone for its mobile TV chipset -- 80 million units shipped since it first launched its mobile TV receiver technology in mid-2007. Telegent is preparing to broaden its product portfolio of 'converged TV' solutions with silicon solutions for new geographies while exploring new forms of delivery and new methods of interaction with television content.

"We have seen very rapid adoption of free-to-air TV handsets incorporating Telegent's technology in emerging markets," said Samuel Sheng, Telegent's president and chief executive officer. "Consumers globally have demonstrated that they place high value on the ability to receive live broadcast television on mobile devices."

Sheng has asked Telegent's board of directors to begin the search for his successor, following which he will resume the role of chief technology officer in order to concentrate on further developing and expanding Telegent's technology platform. Sheng will continue in his current leadership position during the search.

In addition, Telegent has withdrawn its registration statement for an initial public offering. Sheng commented, "We are able to pursue our growth and diversification goals with the working capital generated from our operations as a private company, and are choosing to invest in the technology and leadership that will carry us forward before we enter the public market."

Currently, Telegent counts among its customers more than 100 device manufacturers, including a top three global handset manufacturer, two of the top five mobile handset manufacturers in Taiwan, and eight of the top ten design houses in China.

Metaswitch Tunes its Service Broker

Metaswitch announced a series of enhancements to its Service Broker, which is a network element that a network element that resides between the service layer and the converging network. The Service Broker's new capabilities ease the transition from legacy intelligent network (IN) to next-generation environments. These enhancements include:

Additional Prepackaged Inter-working Support: Further enhances the Service Broker IM-SSF /Reverse IM-SSF functionality by introducing four additional pre-defined and configurable inter-working solutions which expand the current portfolio to 21 of the major revenue-generating telecom applications.

Service Creation Environment (SCE) for Service Broker Inter-Working XML Scripting: This Visual Studio® add-in adds support for in-line help and syntax checking for Service Broker XML Scripting. The tool enables system integrators and network engineers to modify service logic for application interworking and eliminates the need for custom configuration and costly professional services and/or proprietary solutions.

Enhanced SIP Compliance: SIP Element route integrity checking and fault detection enhances the Service Broker's ability to deliver service interaction and orchestration in SIP/NGN/IMS networks.

Enhanced Third-Party Media Support Via H.248: Further enhances the Service Broker ability to control existing media gateways for bearer delivery and interworking which eliminates the need for and expense of adding new costly media gateways and added rack space every time a new service is introduced up to a new network. H.248 interoperability also extends to Metaswitch's own MG2510 and MG3510 gateways, creating a true "one-stop shop" for application and network convergence.
  • Earlier this year, Metaswitch Networks acquired AppTrigger, which supplies Service Broker solutions for carriers, for an undisclosed sum. AppTrigger pioneered the Service Broker concept with its Ignite platform, which is today deployed in multiple tier one networks worldwide. Service Brokers, a network element that resides between the service layer and the converging network, are traditionally decoupled from the core switch and the service execution or service creation environment. Service Brokers efficiently manage service interaction and network orchestration with key features such as IM-SSF, SCIM, IN to IN Trigger Management, Protocol/Call Flow Management and Subscriber Data Management Interaction.

Calix Posts Q1 Revenue of $48 Million, up 30% YoY

Calix reported Q1 revenue of $48.2 million, an increase of 30% from revenue reported for the first quarter of 2009 of $37.1 million. GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2010 was $10.2 million, or $(0.32) per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $12.7 million, or $(0.50) per share, reported for the first quarter of 2009 (assuming the conversion of preferred stock into common stock as of the beginning of each quarter).

"First quarter results were ahead of our expectations and represented a good start to our calendar and fiscal year. Communications service providers leveraged the increasing strength of our Unified Access portfolio to bring ‘Fiber Forward' in their networks," said Calix president and CEO Carl Russo.\

Harmonic to Acquire Omneon for $274 Million

Harmonic agreed to acquire Omneon for approximately $274 million in cash and stock. The proposed acquisition would combine Harmonic's video delivery infrastructure with Omneon's technology for the production, management and distribution of digital media.

Omneon's customer base includes the BBC, BSkyB, CBS, Comcast, Discovery Communications, Echostar, NBC Universal, News Corporation, Televisa, Turner Broadcasting System, Viacom and many other leading media companies worldwide. For the year ended December 31, 2009, Omneon's revenues were approximately $105 million, of which 67% were outside the United States, with no single customer representing more than 10% of total revenue. Omneon's gross margin was 58% in 2009. The company has approximately 280 employees worldwide, and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with research and development facilities in Sunnyvale and Beaverton, Oregon.

Harmonic's portfolio includes encoding, transcoding, content preparation, stream processing, asset management, edge processing, and delivery platforms. Its customers include broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom service providers. Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide.

"This proposed combination will position Harmonic to become a global leader in video infrastructure for the digital media industry," said Patrick Harshman, President and CEO of Harmonic. "Media companies are being driven by ever-increasing demand for video content coupled with consumers' desire to consume video anytime and anywhere. At the same time, the dramatic growth of video delivery over broadband and wireless networks is blurring traditional boundaries between content producers and service providers. With our deep customer relationships with content producers and service providers, and with our market leading technologies that span content acquisition through delivery, we believe that our combined company will be uniquely positioned to capitalize on these trends and to accelerate revenue growth."

DragonWave Posts Revenue of CAD$64 Million, up 14% Sequentially

DragonWave reported quarter revenue of C$63.8 million, compared with C$11.3 in the same period last year. Gross margin for the fourth quarter was 43%, compared with 26% in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year, and 43% in the preceding quarter.

ICANN Launches Internationalized Domain Names

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) officially inserted the first non-Latin script domain names into the DNS root zone today. This is the first time that non-Latin characters are being used for top-level domains in the history of the Internet. The associated countries operating such domains are Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. In addition to Arabic, there will soon be domain written in Chinese Russian, Sinhalese, Tamil, and Thai scripts.

Aepona Raises US$10 Million for Mobile NaaS

Aepona, a software company based in Belfast, announced US$10 million in new funding to support its "Network as a Service" (NaaS) engine for mobile operators. The technology enables collaboration between mobile operators and application providers.

Aepona's solution enables the mobile operator to monetize important assets and functionality within its network - such as billing, location, messaging and voice communications. It can expose and share these assets as Web Service APIs, for third-party application developers, enterprises and media companies to incorporate into new and existing mobile-enabled applications.

Aepona said its customers include more than 20 Tier One mobile operators around the world. The company has also worked on the GSM Association's OneAPI initiative and on the launch of the Canadian OneAPI commercial service, which is at the forefront of the Mobile Cloud Computing market.

BlackBerry Partners Fund, a Toronto-based global fund focused on applications, services and supporting infrastructure for mobile platforms, led the investment round and was joined by existing Aepona investors Amadeus Capital Partners, Polaris Ventures, Innovacom, Nordic Venture Partners and Sutter Hill Ventures.

Alcatel-Lucent Posts Revenue of EUR 3.247 billion, Sees Recovery in Some Markets

Alcatel-Lucent reported Q1 2010 revenues of Euro 3.247 billion, down 9.8% year-over-year and 8.2% at constant currency. There was an adjusted gross profit of Euro 1.058 billion or 32.6% of revenues, compared to 31.5% in the year ago quarter and 36.7% in the fourth quarter 2009. First quarter adjusted operating income came in at Euro (195) million or (6.0)% of revenue.

"We are witnessing a recovery in the telecommunications equipment and related services market in some geographical areas especially North America. This recovery is driven by key technologies such as IP, terrestrial optics and WCDMA/LTE. With a solid position in all of these areas, Alcatel-Lucent is experiencing a strong increase in demand.

"However, we were not able to fully satisfy customer demand for our products due to tightening components availability. This resulted in a weak financial performance this quarter, which does not reflect the overall underlying momentum within the company," stated Ben Verwaayen, CEO.

Some highlights cited by the company:

By operating segments, Networks saw a double-digit decline in revenue, partly attributable to a shortage of components in our supply chain. This has been particularly true in wireless access and terrestrial optics.

Applications revenue declined 6.3% year-over-year with enterprise solutions & Genesys almost stable (slightly growing at constant currency).

Services segment was more resilient with a 3.1% year-over-year decrease thanks to managed services and multivendor maintenance.

From a geographic standpoint and at constant currency, year-over-year revenue grew at a single-digit rate in North America (+6%), declined at a single-digit rate in Europe (-9%) and at a double-digit rate in Asia Pacific (-19%) and in the rest of the world (-23%).

For the first quarter 2010, revenues for the Networks segment were Euro 1.928 billion, a decrease of 13.1% compared to Euro 2.219 billion in the year-ago quarter and a decrease of 14.0% compared to Euro 2.242 billion in the fourth quarter 2009. At constant currency exchange rates, Networks revenues decreased 12.0% year-over-year and 17.7% sequentially.

Revenues for the IP division were Euro 272 million, a decrease of 5.6% from the year ago quarter, driven by the decline in MSWAN revenues due to continuing market contraction.

IP/MPLS service routers revenues grew at a double digit rate from the year ago quarter thanks to strong momentum in North America & EMEA and good traction in IP/MPLS mobile backhaul with new wins announced with Verizon Wireless, Pannon and MTS Ukraine.

Revenues for the Optics division were Euro 567 million, a decrease of 13.7% from the year ago quarter. Terrestrial optics declined at a high teens rate. After a strong sequential growth and limited year-over-year decline in Q4 2009, the WDM segment confirmed its recovery this quarter with strong year-over-year growth driven by the Americas and APAC.

Revenues for the Wireless division were Euro 819 million, a decrease of 10.5% from the year ago quarter. The WCDMA segment witnessed a strong growth year-over-year and sequentially driven primarily by the North American market, and the 3G CDMA (EVDO) segment experienced a sustained demand due to data traffic growth driven by the increased market penetration of smart-phones. This was offset by a decline in GSM & 2G CDMA revenues, in line with their corresponding market dynamics.

Revenues for the Wireline division were Euro 298 million, a decrease of 24.2% from the year ago quarter. Legacy ADSL access and core switching drove the decline. Demand for VDSL2 technology remained solid while GPON continues to grow footprint with a recent win for ZON, a cable provider in Portugal.

Revenues for the Applications segment were Euro 416 million, a decrease of 6.3% compared to Euro 444 million in the year-ago quarter and a sequential decrease of 22.2% compared to Euro 535 million in the fourth quarter 2009.

Revenues for the Services segment were Euro 772 million, a decrease of 3.1% compared to Euro 797 million in the year-ago quarter and a decrease of 25.0% compared to Euro 1 030 million in the fourth quarter 2009.

For 2010, Alcatel-Lucent continues to expect nominal growth (defined as between 0% and 5%) for the telecommunications equipment and related services market. The company aims to reach an adjusted operating margin in the low to mid single-digit (defined as between 1% and 5%).

Australia's VERNet Tests Ciena's 40G and 100G

Australia's VERNet Pty Ltd, a multi-million dollar statewide fibre optic network that will link up to 200 research and education sites throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria, has completed a successful trial of Ciena's 40G and 100G optical networking solutions on its live DWDM network.

Conducted over two weeks in April 2010, the trial leveraged VERNet's existing network based on Ciena's Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 and Common Photonic Layer (CPL) platforms and added 40G and 100G wavelengths alongside existing live 10G wavelength services. Ciena said this trial successfully demonstrated the ability to upgrade to 40G and 100G transport speeds with no interruption of existing services. Once inserted into the system, the use of advanced electronic digital signal processing and coherent technology meant that no re-engineering of VERNet's existing fiber routes was needed and the new 40G and 100G wavelength services were active and working immediately.

Level 3 Sees Stabilizing Trend in Mid-Market Enterprise Services

Level 3 Communications reported consolidated revenue of $910 million for the first quarter 2010, compared to consolidated revenue of $924 million for the fourth quarter 2009 and $980 million for the first quarter 2009. Total Communications Revenue for the first quarter 2010 was $900 million, compared to $906 million for the fourth quarter 2009. Total Communications Revenue for the first quarter 2009 was $962 million.

The net loss for the first quarter 2010 was $238 million, or $0.14 per share. Excluding a loss of $54 million, or $0.03 per share on the extinguishment of debt, the net loss was $184 million, or $0.11 per share.

"We were particularly encouraged by the growth in Large Enterprise and Federal revenues," said Sunit Patel, executive vice president and CFO of Level 3. "Mid-market revenues, which have been declining since 2007, are now stabilizing. We were pleased to see a return to sequential revenue growth on a constant currency basis for our European business. While European revenues declined on an as-reported basis, assuming constant currency, European revenues increased 3 percent. Our Wholesale revenues declined this quarter due to expected seasonality in the Vyvx broadcast business and a decline in inter-carrier compensation, partially offset by an asset sale of approximately $7 million. "

FCC Chairman Outlines "The Third Way: A Narrowly Tailored Broadband Framework"

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined a "Third Way" for regulating Internet traffic and services -- a new legal framework aimed at restoring the status quo consensus that existed prior to the court decision that vacated the FCC's authority to regulate the way Comcast manages peer-to-peer traffic on its network.

Genachowski said he supports a light-touch regulatory approach that encourages investment in network infrastructure but that gives consumers "basic protection against anticompetitive or otherwise unreasonable conduct by companies providing the broadband access service (e.g., DSL, cable modem, or fiber) to which
consumers subscribe for access to the Internet."

However, the Comcast decision sharply reduces the FCC's ability to protect consumers and promote competition using its "ancillary" authority, and creates serious uncertainty about its basic oversight functions as well as its ability to pursue the broadband-related policies.

Genachowski noted that two primary options have been debated since the Comcast decision:

One, the Commission could continue relying on Title I "ancillary" authority, and try to anchor actions like
reforming universal service and preserving an open Internet by indirectly drawing on provisions in Title II
of the Communications Act (e.g., sections 201, 202, and 254) that give the Commission direct authority
over entities providing "telecommunications services."

Two, the Commission could fully "reclassify" Internet communications as a "telecommunications
service," restoring the FCC's direct authority over broadband communications networks but also
imposing on providers of broadband access services dozens of new regulatory requirements.

Genachowski is proposing a "third way" -- the FCC would:

  • Recognize the transmission component of broadband access service--and only this component--
    as a telecommunications service;

  • Apply only a handful of provisions of Title II (Sections 201, 202, 208, 222, 254, and 255) that,
    prior to the Comcast decision, were widely believed to be within the Commission's purview for

  • Simultaneously renounce--that is, forbear from--application of the many sections of the
    Communications Act that are unnecessary and inappropriate for broadband access service; and

  • Put in place up-front forbearance and meaningful boundaries to guard against regulatory

Genachowski argues that this approach would place federal policy regarding broadband communications services, including the policies recommended in the National Broadband Plan, on a sound legal footing while establishing meaningful boundaries and constraints to prevent regulatory overreach. It would also allow the FCC to move forward with its National Broadband Plan.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

JDSU Posts Revenue of $332 Million

JDSU reported quarterly revenue of $332.3 million and a net loss of $(11.9) million, or $(0.05) per share. This compares to net revenue of $342.9 million and a net loss of $(19.5) million or $(0.09) per share for the prior quarter, and net revenue of $279.1 million and a net loss of $(101.7) million or $(0.47) per share for the same period last year.

"We began the calendar year with the highest quarterly bookings JDSU has reported in the last two years, with each of our businesses achieving a book to bill of greater than one in the quarter," said Tom Waechter, JDSU's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The combination of the recovery in our markets, and our innovation and new product offerings are driving the strength of our customer demand."

ADVA Optical Clocks 80% Lower Latency than WDM

ADVA Optical Networking confirmed that its low-latency optical transport solutions offer 80% lower latency than traditional WDM options. The ADVA FSP 3000 incorporates latency-optimized optical terminals, dispersion compensation, transponders and amplifiers. The platform enables enterprises to expand their network to up to 120 wavelengths while offering protocol flexibility, including InfiniBand and multiple Fibre Channel speeds.

Lower latency can be a strategic advantage for financial institutions. ADVA said the combination of the right dark fiber provider, co-location and carrier partnerships, coupled with the fastest transmission equipment can help financial institutions respond faster to market changes than their competition. ADVA has more than 15 years of experience delivering ultra low-latency optical transport solutions for the financial industry.

"Most carrier-only platforms are built around standards-compliant technologies such as Forward Error Correction (FEC), which introduce latency. The FSP 3000, on the other hand, has been designed to meet the most demanding enterprise requirements in regards to latency and transport efficiency. Every component from transmitter to receiver has been optimized for speed. Transmission link design including optical amplification and dispersion compensation has been optimized, and everything that could potentially cause latency has been eliminated," said Christoph Glingener, chief technology officer of ADVA Optical Networking.

Netronome Secures $23 Million for Network Flow Processing

Netronome has closed a $23 million Series D round of funding for its network flow processors.

Netronome supplies Network Flow Processors that are designed for tight coupling with embedded multicore Intel and x86 processors. This accelerates network, security and content processing platforms used in 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps networks. It is the only line of processors backward compatible with the market‐leading Intel IXP28XX.

Netronome recently announced it began shipping its new flagship product, the NFP-3240, to customers in late 2009. Customer design wins include shared service blades in switches and routers, 3G and LTE wireless infrastructure, security appliances and virtualized servers. The products resulting from these top-tier network equipment OEM partnerships will reach production in the second half of 2010.

The company said it has seen a five-fold increase in annual revenue and five consecutive quarters with record sales.

The oversubscribed round was led by new investor DFJ Esprit, and included previous investors Raptor Group, Tudor Ventures and Top Technology. The round also included investment from industry luminaries - FORE Systems founders Robert Sansom and Eric Cooper, and Analysys founder David Cleevely.

"Many customers share our vision for intelligent and secure networking platforms based on x86 processors. More importantly they recognize that network flow processors are the key component in scaling these designs," said Niel Viljoen, founder and CEO of Netronome. "This funding will allow us to successfully manage our growth by providing the additional sales support, design assistance and manufacturing supply required by our increasing number of design wins."

Octasic Delivers High-Density Video Transcoding Cards

Octasic introduced its TXP1000 high-density video transcoding cards, which are PCI Express (PCIe) cards for high channel density video transcoding systems.

The TXP1000 cards are built using Octasic's award-winning Vocallo MGW chip. The media processing software stack provides: H.264, MPEG-4 and H.263 CODEC support from QCIF to HD resolution; dynamic bit-rate and quality adaptation; frame rate and resolution scaling; advanced packet loss concealment; a flexible video mixing engine for conferencing, graphics overlay and stream insertion for video monetization.

"Growth in mobile video services like video telephony, video streaming, Interactive Voice and Video Response (IVVR), multimedia messaging, TV anywhere, and mobile conferencing is forcing telecoms, OEMs and Internet equipment providers to rethink their usual approach to media processing," said John Fry, director of business development at Octasic. "Compared to standard x86 server-based solutions that suffer from serious power, cost and scalability limitations, Octasic's TXP1000-based systems provide tangible benefits that can cut video transcoding systems capital costs in half, reduce the power consumption by a factor of 8 and still deliver 5 times more channels per unit of rack space. Octasic is unique in that it has the right combination of low power DSP technology, video expertise and communications technology heritage to successfully meet the demands of this growing market."

Clearwire Confirms Further 4G Markets for 2010

Clearwire confirmed plans to launch 4G mobile broadband service in 19 additional cities this summer, including previously announced markets Kansas City, KS; St. Louis, MO; Salt Lake City, UT, and the core area of Washington, D.C. and newly announced markets Nashville, TN; Daytona, Orlando and Tampa, FL; Rochester and Syracuse, NY; Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia, CA; Wilmington, DE; Grand Rapids, MI; Eugene, OR; and Yakima and Tri-Cities, WA.

In addition, Clearwire reiterated its plans to launch in other major markets across the country by the end of 2010, including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, the San Francisco Bay Area, Miami, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Sprint and Time Warner Cable will launch services in these markets too under their own brands.

The Company also expects to launch two WiMAX smartphones by the end of 2010. From Samsung, an Android-based 3G/4G/WiFi device optimized for heavy video and video communications use, and a 3G/4G/WiFi enabled phone from HTC.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia Outsources it Network to NSN

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) will outsource its overall network operations and a key part of its equipment supply to Nokia Siemens Networks. The seven-year agreement aims to improve services for its 7 million customers and deliver operational efficiencies. The contract includes service management for a number of key parts of VHA's mobile network (core, transmission, and radio networks) and equipment supply for its core network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will combine two existing operations organisations and consolidate two core networks. The end-to-end approach to VHA's business includes domains such as valued added services, business support systems, and network operations. Nokia Siemens Networks will manage a number of VHA's third-party providers. NSN will also provide its Flexi Network Gateway (Flexi NG) packet core platform and expand the mobile softswitch (MSS) and home location register (HLR) -- enabling VHA to evolve towards a single database for all its subscriber information.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is a 50/50 joint venture between Vodafone Australia and Hutchison 3G Australia. VHA markets its products and services under the Vodafone and 3 brands in Australia. VHA has 6.895 million active customers at 31 December 2009.