Sunday, May 16, 2010

Vitesse Posts Revenue of $44 Million, up 5% Sequentially

Vitesse Semiconductor reported second quarter 2010 (ended 03-Mar-2010)revenues of $43.9 million, compared with $34.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2009. Operating income was $3.0 million, compared with an operating loss of $6.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2009. There was a net loss of $34.1 million, compared with a net loss of $7.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2009, including a $30.4 million non-cash embedded derivative expense.

"We are very pleased that we returned to solid operating profitability on growing revenues and continued tight expense control. Second quarter revenue was up over 5.4% compared to the first quarter, reflecting continued improvement in the global economy and strength in our markets," said Chris Gardner, CEO of Vitesse.

1Goal Launches Biggest Mobile Campaign to Date - 1 Billion Text Messages

1GOAL:Education for All, the FIFA-backed legacy project for the 2010 World Cup, launched what is expected to be the biggest mobile phone campaign to date. Mobile operators from across the globe will send over 1 billion text messages going out to people in the coming weeks on behalf of 1GOAL with the aim of getting millions of people to support the cause of more education funding in both developing and developed countries.

The Telefónica Group -- representing some 25 countries and 274 million people -- has just joined up to support the campaign. Across its territories Telefónica will be promoting the "education for all" message as part of its long-standing objective to make a positive impact on economic, technological and social progress.

People will be able to sign up by responding ‘YES' to a simple free text or by going to on their handsets or by sending an e-mail to Signups from the 1GOAL mobile campaign will be presented as a petition to world leaders at an education summit later this year urging both developing and developed countries to provide further funding for education. Handset manufacturers Nokia and Samsung will also be making available a 1GOAL mobile app for their customers.

Shakira, 1GOAL Ambassador and Founder of the Barefoot Foundation said: "The World Cup captures the attention and hearts of millions. We must use this moment to raise our voices for 1GOAL and demand that this generation of children have the chance to fulfill their dreams and live up to their full potential through education. I'm honored to be part of this incredible movement."

Qwest Expands Ethernet Portfolio

Qwest Communications launched new 3-, 5- and 7 Mbps Ethernet bandwidth tiers for its business customers. The new tiers provide simplified integration of LANs across multiple locations and access to other networks with minimal investment in new equipment or expertise. Using virtual LANs, Qwest can connect multiple customer sites and maintain complete traffic separation and security for customers. The services also can be used for last-mile connectivity. Qwest said upgrading the new services typically can be done in as few as four business days after order acceptance.

AT&T Creates Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group

AT&T has formed a new group within its Business Solutions unit to accelerate the delivery of advanced mobile applications and solutions for traditional and emerging devices for enterprise users.

The group - to be called Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions - will complement AT&T's Emerging Devices Organization which focuses on devices that are wirelessly enabled for consumers. The unit will work with developers and third-party providers to help co-innovate and deliver applications in a network and cloud-based environment that easily allows them to extend new services down to any desired device.

Michael Antieri has been named President of the Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions unit and assumes responsibility for the development, sales and deployment of mobile applications and solutions for enterprises.

"Companies today are more mobile than ever, traveling to clients, working from remote locations, using devices to communicate while on the move, and wirelessly connecting devices to each other," said Ron Spears, President and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions. "With millions of workers now using smartphones, netbooks and rugged devices, and with multiple industries now adopting machine-to-machine applications, we see a tremendous opportunity to bring the power of our networking expertise and assets to help companies everywhere 'go mobile' by mobilizing their business processes to take advantage of real-time information and transactions to do business more efficiently and productively."

Over the last two years, AT&T has tripled the number of business subscribers who are using integrated devices. In the last year alone, the company has seen a 60 percent increase in business subscribers, as "enterprise-class" devices and applications continue to proliferate within a host of industries, including manufacturing, financial services, consumer packaged goods, retail, trade, construction, transportation, government education and healthcare.

Ceragon Supplies Wireless Infrastructure in Queensland, Australia

Ergon Energy Corporation Limited, an electricity distribution company in Queensland, Australia, is deploying Ceragon's FibeAir in a high-capacity microwave/fiber hybrid network spanning large parts of Queensland. Ergon Energy's new telecommunications network is based on a hybrid fiber/microwave architecture and supports a mix of SDH and IP data traffic. Ceragon's platforms, including FibeAir 3200T all-indoor solution, the FibeAir 1500R and FibeAir IP-10, will help Ergon Energy enhance the capacity and functionality of the wireless portion of its network. Equipment orders for the first two phases of the project are valued at more than $1 million in revenue.

AT&T Offer Network-based E-mail Gateway Service

AT&T introduced a network-based Secure E-mail Gateway Service. The new "Security as a Service" (SaaS) solution provides e-mail security and message management by ensuring the integrity of a message before it enters an organization's network and helping to monitor and act on all outbound e-mail containing content that violates data loss prevention policies.

AT&T is using McAfee's global threat intelligence technology for the service. The service is implemented, managed and hosted within the highly secure boundaries of AT&T's Internet Data Centers worldwide. This new service replaces previous AT&T's Secure E-mail Gateway solution, and AT&T will be working with its customers to migrate to this new platforms. Customers manage and administer the service through the AT&T BusinessDirect customer portal.

AT&T's other managed cloud-based security services include virtualized firewall, intrusion detection and prevention, URL filtering, content filtering, and Distributed Denial of Service protection.

Tyco Electronics Acquires Zarlink's Optical Group

Tyco Electronics has acquired the assets of Zarlink Semiconductor's Optical Products for approximately US$15 million in cash.

Tyco Electronics, which is based in Switzerland, had fiscal 2009 sales of US$10.3 billion.
Zarlink said the sales allows it to focused on its key growth initiatives in the network timing, medical wireless and line circuit markets. Network timing products include Timing-over-Packet and Synchronous Ethernet solutions for wireless backhaul and new ClockCenter products for optical transport networks (OTN).

Sonus New Network Border Switch Integrates Transcoding and Media Interworking

Sonus Networks released its new NBS-5200 Network Border Switch -- the first product on its next generation ConnexIP platform. The NBS-5200 switch provides Session Border Control (SBC) functionality with integrated transcoding and media interworking, as well as native support for IPv6 and IPSec encryption. The platform is powered by network processors, multi-core computing devices, solid-state storage, high density media processing cards, and Sonus' middleware and protocol stacks.

"Today marks an important milestone for Sonus as we deliver ConnexIP - a platform for creating new products and solutions that lead the industry in scale, performance and reliability for IP to IP session management," said Rich Nottenburg, president and chief executive officer of Sonus Networks.

Sonus said the key to its new strategy is to combine full SBC functionality including media interworking, advanced routing and policy engine, and multi-access security gateway functionality. The first carrier trials are underway.

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Telefónica Brazil Outsources NOC with Ericsson

Telefónica Brazil will outsource its network operations center in São Paulo to Ericsson. This contract extends the managed services cooperation between Ericsson and Telefónica Brazil which was established in 2008, when Ericsson was selected to operate and maintain a new multivendor optical fiber network in São Paulo state. Ericsson will also be responsible for spare parts management. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Whitepaper -- Aricent

LTE: Beyond the Numbers

Much has been written about the
numbers pertaining to Long Term Evolution (LTE). The fourth generation
of wireless technology... millions of subscribers... billions in equipment
spend... billions in R&D spend required... and so on. It is an established
fact that while LTE represents a huge market with an unprecedented
uptake rate, the nature of its complexity makes product development very

Additionally, LTE needs to co-exist
with multiple legacy and contemporary technologies for a long time to
come, and hence, wide interoperability is a must the touted numbers hold
significant implications for equipment vendors who seek to optimize
their scarce resources to best align investments with operator schedules
for LTE deployment.

LTE: Beyond the Numbers --the market
report- looks beyond these analyst forecasts to gain an insight into the
implications of these for LTE infrastructure development and service
deployment, as well as to evaluate their impact on equipment vendors.
Utilizing these different numbers in isolation provides only a partial
view of the situation at hand and how best to approach it. This market
report aims to view these numbers collectively and in a holistic manner
to draw insights and outline implications for LTE equipment vendors.

the full whitepaper here:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

BT to Continue Investments across Asia Pacific

BT announced plans to further increase its capabilities across the Asia Pacific region. Under the investment plan, BT will invest in additional portfolio and resource capability as an overlay on the footprint the company has already established. This will be carefully aligned to the growth plans of its multi-national customers as they continue to expand across in Asia Pacific.

BT sees the addressable market for its services in Asia Pacific at around GBP 8bn, with annual growth rates of 6%.

BT maintains regional 24/7 service centres, with a customer management centre in Pune, India and customer service help desks in Beijing, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. There is also a technology & service centre in Dalian, China. Other centres of excellence include a research centre in Malaysia, a research centre in China, a global operations centre in Gurgaon, India, and an India-UK advanced technology centre with 22 industrial and academic partners.

ZTE Builds its Engineering Team in India

ZTE Corp. announced plans to boost its resources in India with a new Indian Engineering Centre (IEC) located in Delhi.

In 2009, the company increased its Indian headcount by more than 1000 employees nationwide, only in Delhi almost 100 employees were recruited and trained during this period.

This expansion follows the establishment of the National Network Operation Center (NNOC) announced by ZTE India last year to showcase its long-term development and localization strategy.

ZTE said it remains focused on India as a key market and is committed to increasing its investment in India.

Frontier Wins Approvals in West Virginia

Frontier Communications' pending acquisition of Verizon Communications' local wireline operations in West Virginia has been approved by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC). The parties are awaiting regulatory
approval from the FCC.

Sri Lanka's Dialog Telekom Deploys Huawei's ngHLR

Dialog Telekom, the largest mobile carrier in Sri Lanka, has deployed Huawei's next-generation Home Location Register (ngHLR), which can serve up to 10 million subscribers. Huawei replaced four traditional HLRs in Dialog' s network with one pair of Huawei ngHLRs, which were deployed in two strategic locations: Union Place and Malabe. Huawei said its solution enables seamless geographical redundancy and gives reliability of 99.9999%, thus greatly improves the stability of Dialog' s network. In addition, the deployment of Huawei' s ngHLR further simplifies Dialog's network. Huawei's ngHLR is based on the ATCA platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Australia's vividwireless Launches First MIMO BeamForming WiMAX

Australia's vividwireless has deployed the first WiMAX network with 4T4R (4 transmitter and 4 receiver) and Beamforming technology, delivering wireless access speeds comparable to most ADSL2+ connections.

Nokia Siemens Networks Advocates SOA Data Model for OSS/BSS

Nokia Siemens Networks is advocating a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based environment as common data model for carrier OSS, BSS and customer management platforms. As a step towards that goal, the company recently received TM Forum's Information Framework (SID) certification to its open, process-led OSS/BSS architecture and its business analysis application suite.

SID conformant interfaces help operators avoid time consuming point-to-point integration efforts aligning Operations Support System (OSS), Business Support System (BSS) and customer experience management processes between fixed, wireless, broadband and IP domains.

"The management and business systems of most communication service provider comprise a patchwork of multi-vendor applications and hardware platforms," says Juhani Hintikka, head of Operations Support Solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks. "Due to the inconsistency between the information and process structures of the different solutions, changing one element in the setup requires adjustments across the network. Our aim is to simplify data consolidation from different systems, enabling operators to speed up systems integration."http://www.nsn.comhttp://

Telstra Activates 40G Trunk between Melbourne and Sydney

Telstra has activated its first 40 Gbps connection between Melbourne and Sydney. The capacity upgrade was delivered by augmenting its existing DWDM system and required no changes to the underlying infrastructure. The Marconi MHL 3000 platform is capable of delivering up to 80 channels at 40Gbps per channel over a single fibre pair. Telstra has also tested Ericsson's 100Gbps system and plans to move ahead with this technology as well.

NSN Develops Tools for Mobile User Data Analysis

Nokia Siemens Networks introduced new "charge@once" business analytics software helps to measure whether an operator is genuinely improving the experience for its customers and enhancing the business value of its customer relations. The software provides a set of predefined reports and dashboards for revenue analysis, customer segmentation, service and product use. The dashboards can be customized and personalized providing a user-friendly presentation of information and metrics. Extensive charging data analysis capabilities complement vendor's recently launched Insight & Experience Framework.

NSN said its new software will help operators assess the revenue potential of offers, compare the impact of marketing campaigns across revenue, usage, and subscriptions, gain a clear view on figures such as how often customers recharged their prepaid account per offer and provide insights into customer churn, how often subscribers bought a voucher to recharge their accounts, and usage of specific services.

"Telco operators can only develop sound marketing strategies based on comprehensive, up-to-date insight into what their customers are doing," said Rick Centeno, head of Charging, Billing and Care at Nokia Siemens Networks. "This software helps operators develop effective strategies to optimize and adapt their market offerings and business propositions and then measure the effects of those changes." According to Nokia Siemens Networks research operators worldwide consider the improvement of their subscribers' experience as their most important business goal for 2012.

Corning Introduces Ultra-Low-Loss Submarine Optical Fiber

Corning introduced an ultra-low-loss, large-effective-area fiber that is optimized for the next-generation, high-data-rate submarine networks.

Corning's "Vascade" EX2000 optical fiber has a typical effective area of 112 square microns (µm2) and average attenuation of 0.162 decibel of loss per kilometer (dB/km) at 1550 nanometers (nm). This enables extended system reach with fewer amplifiers in repeatered submarine networks. In unrepeatered submarine networks, Vascade EX2000 fiber can accommodate higher optical launch power and increased system span length.

Corning said it plans to use this new optical fiber to develop its next-generation dispersion-managed fiber solution, Vascade R2000 fiber, which enables 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps systems to reach transoceanic distances.

"Today, we face the first deployment of 40 Gb/s systems in submarine networks, and we expect that Vascade R2000 fiber and Vascade EX2000 fiber will play a critical role," said Barry Linchuck, director, worldwide marketing, Corning Optical Fiber.

Vascade EX2000 optical fiber is fully qualified and is being sampled and tested by submarine-system vendors around the world.