Sunday, July 18, 2010

Netsnapper Builds Mobile Optimization Platform

San Jose, California-based Netsnapper has enhanced its mobile traffic optimization platform for services delivered with a data card or smart phone using Linux, Mac and Windows operating systems, and Symbian and WinMo Mobile Devices.

Netsnapper claims its solution for data traffic optimization and compression can alleviate network traffic congestion for carriers and enterprises by up to 30%. The Netsnapper platform combines traffic optimization, seamless switching, data offload, session persistence, security and interface management. This company said this enables any carrier or enterprise to perform several traffic management functions simultaneously over the core and backhaul, leading to superior control over network traffic, greater traffic reduction and significant cost savings.

"The newly upgraded Netsnapper platform enables enterprises to use our platform on a wider variety of devices and data cards," said Juan Arimany, Managing Director, Netsnapper. "With the growing consumption of data services in the market today, Netsnapper addresses a critical need in the market place. Consumption rates of 800 Megs per-user per-month were unthinkable even three years ago and enterprises are now faced with the very real challenge of managing today's network traffic. Netsnapper is the only market player that can combine the wealth of network traffic management tools in one solution."

Enablence Ships 120G Photonic Integrated Circuit

Ottawa-based Enablence Technologies, which supplies FTTH equipment as well as optical components and subsystems for access, metro and long-haul markets, has begun shipping its advanced PIC technology and products to a global tier-1 customer for its next generation Metro Optical Transport Network System. The tier-1 customer is using Enablence's Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) to achieve up to 120Gbps capacity per card. Enablence said its device significantly reduces power consumption and space requirements as well.

Enablence's PIC technology is based on its proprietary Planar Lightwave Circuitry (PLC), which integrates multiple high speed components into a single optical chip to reduce footprint and costs. This highly integrated PIC technology includes more than 15 layers of wafer processing, which has reduced hundreds of optical parts into one single chip.

Atheros Reports Record Q2 Revenue of $238M, Acquisition of Opulan

Atheros Communications reported record Q2 2010 $238.2 million, up 11 percent compared to $214.7 million reported in the first quarter of 2010. Second quarter 2010 revenue increased 112 percent compared to $112.2 million reported in the second quarter of 2009. Net income (GAAP) was $29.7 million or $0.41 per diluted share. This compares to GAAP net income of $19.7 million or $0.27 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2010. Net loss in the second quarter of 2009 was $0.3 million or $0.00 per diluted share. Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $508.4 million at June 30, 2010, up $64.8 million from the balance at March 31, 2010.

"Strong demand from our networking and consumer channels enabled us to post record revenue, operating profit and cash flow generation in the second quarter. Connectivity solutions for our consumer channel are being widely adopted by a variety of customers reflecting new market opportunities for our portfolio of communications products," said Craig Barratt, president and chief executive officer of Atheros Communications.

Atheros also announced a deal to acquire Opulan Technologies Corp., a privately held Chinese fabless semiconductor company specializing in solutions for passive optical networking (PON) and broadband access aggregation (MUX).

Atheros said the acquisition further expands its end-to-end (WAN-to-LAN) architecture consisting of Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Powerline solutions. Furthermore, Opulan's team augments Atheros' workforce in China, which enables the company to increase its engineering and customer support for the large broadband deployments that are projected for the region.

Atheros' ETHOS line of Ethernet switching solutions will complement Opulan's 1G/10G EPON (Ethernet PON) and MUX product portfolio. The company intends to integrate the carrier transport mechanisms with its high-performance Gigabit Ethernet solutions. This will enable a carrier-class FTTH platform that delivers Gigabit broadband access from the central office to the gateway, and then intelligently routes the traffic within the home.
  • In December 2009, Atheros Communications completed its acquisition of Intellon Corporation. With this acquisition, Atheros enhances its networking technology portfolio to include Intellon's powerline communications (PLC) solutions for home networking, networked entertainment, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) access, Ethernet-over- Coax (EoC) and smart grid management applications.

Atheros Ships 500 Millionth Wi-Fi Chipset

Atheros Communications announced the shipment of its 500 millionth Wi-Fi chipset.

The company said this milestone reflects its ability to scale its operations to serve multiple high volume markets.

According to iSuppli, the wireless LAN (WLAN) semiconductor market quadrupled from 2003 to 2009 and will nearly triple again to reach $8.8 billion in 2014.

Covad Selects ADTRAN Total Access 5000

ADTRAN announced that Covad has selected its Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP) and NetVanta 800 Series network termination products for its Carrier Ethernet services. ADTRAN said its Total Access 5000 combined with the NetVanta 800 Series provides a highly scalable, fault-tolerant Ethernet access alternative to MLPPP technologies. The MEF-certified solution provides traffic management, QoS and measurement capabilities. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"The Total Access 5000 Carrier Ethernet solution allows Covad to deliver Ethernet services using the latest technology to our customers over a single platform, while ensuring that we can provide the security and Quality of Service (QoS) our customers demand," said Aamir Hussein, Chief Technical Officer, Covad.

Ericsson Wins Managed Services Contract with China Mobile Hebei

China Mobile Hebei, a provincial company of China Mobile, has selected Ericsson as a sole managed services partner for all its 22,000 2G/3G (GSM/TD-SCDMA) base station sites through a three-year field maintenance agreement. The Hebei province has a population of 70 million and China Mobile is the largest operator with 35 million subscribers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson has already begun providing the service for what is the largest managed services contract the company has received in China so far. The company said the deal allows China Mobile Hebei to improve its network quality and operational efficiency, and further increase its focus on its core business, the subscribers, while Ericsson takes full responsibility for the field maintenance work of all the base station sites.

BT Outlines its National Smart Meter Rollout Bid

BT outlined its vision for how the UK should rollout a smart meter network to cover 28 million homes and small business properties by 2020 or sooner.

BT is backing long range radio as the preferred technology because, unlike mobile, "it can provide truly nationwide coverage and dependable reception indoors." It also operates on dedicated licensed spectrum.

The envisaged solution will create a dedicated network specifically for the smart metering programme and use Arqiva's radio spectrum and extensive radio infrastructure, with BT providing its expertise in delivering complex national IT and telecommunications projects and Detica providing robust information and infrastructure security services.

The partners will be supported by Sensus who specialize in enabling smart meters and smart grids and they will be providing their long range radio technology, Flexent. Their technology is already widely proven in other countries and this experience will ensure that the companies benefit from lessons learnt elsewhere.

Aquantia Hits with 30nm 10GBASE-T PHYs

Aquantia, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, has demonstrated a 120-meter reach on a Category 6A cabling for its quad, dual and single-port 10GBASE-T PHYs.

Aquantia said it partnered with Siemon to test its flagship 40nm 10GBASE-T PHYs across the wide range of copper cables typically deployed in enterprise and data centers. The tests were performed on cable configurations extending beyond the IEEE 802.3an standard of 55m on Cat 6 and 100m on Cat 6A and Cat 7, pushing the envelope to the maximum insertion loss defined by TIA standards.

The tests demonstrated the Aquantia 40nm 10GBASE-T PHY running error-free performance over a 120-meter Siemon Z-MAX Cat 6A channel. Aquantia said this distance sets a new performance benchmark in the industry for 10Gigabit Ethernet on copper.

Aquantia's 40nm devices features a Mixed-Mode Signal Processing architecture, which has the characteristics of both simplifying the Analog Front End (AFE) and reducing the size and complexity of the digital section of the chip by performing advanced Signal Processing in analog.

Aquantia is currently sampling its portfolio of 40nm 10GBASE-T PHYs, ranging from quad to single-port configurations.

Recent 10GBASE-T News

AppliedMicro Introduces 10GBASE-T IC

NetLogic Debuts 10/40/100 Ethernet PHY for Data Centers

Solarflare Samples 40nm quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY chip


Teranetics Announces 40nm Quad 10GBASE-T PHY

Broadcom Releases Power 40nm 10GBASE-T PHYs


Dell to Acquire Ocarina Networks for Storage Optimization

Dell agreed to acquire Ocarina Networks, a start-up based in San Jose, California, for an undisclosed sum.

Ocarina offers online storage optimization technology, including compression and deduplication . The content-aware optimization technology enables customers to reduce storage space requirements and the amount of redundant data. Ocarina Networks was founded in 2007.

After closing, Dell plans to maintain and invest in additional engineering and sales capability. There are no plans to move the current operations.
  • Ocarina is headed by Murli Thirumale (CEO), who previously was Group Vice President and GM of the Citrix Advanced Solutions Group, where he led the SSL-VPN division (acquired via Net6).

  • In February 2009, Ocarina Networks, a start-up based in San Jose, California, closed a $20 million Series B round of financing. The round was led by JAFCO Ventures with significant participation from Series A investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Highland Capital Partners.

Mu Dynamics Scales Network Testing

Mu Dynamics has enhanced its IP testing suite with new capabilities that enable developers to simulate huge numbers of users, sessions and applications for next-generation network services.

Mu's Active Service Replication (ASR) technology transforms the actual service interactions into parameterized test scenarios, which allows the testing of applications, services and the application-aware network. With this approach, customers can automatically generate tailor-made test cases replicating the actual mobile application, service and underlying network infrastructure.

For instance, the Mu solution could be used to transform captured packets into a test that simulates and verifies the performance of hundreds of virtual machines in a data center, the network impact of 10,000s of gamers on smart phones, or the likely server bottlenecks if a million people simultaneously sent a tweet or SMS in response to a television ad.

"Networks have transformed, applications are proliferating, virtualization and cloud deployments are accelerating. But until now customers have been limited to testing their applications, services and infrastructure using legacy 'bit-blasting' network protocol testing tools that generate synthetic traffic from canned tests. When these services go live, they then run into serious issues because the testing did not truly replicate the environments into which these solutions are deployed," said Dave Kresse, Mu's CEO. "If you're not using actual service interactions to test your services, then your testing is insufficient. We see evidence of this every day in the form of public outages and dissatisfied consumers."

Key Capabilities of the Mu Studio Scale include:

  • Active Service Replication (ASR), the technology that transforms actual service interactions into parameterized tests scenarios against live servers or application-aware gateways

  • Real-time performance monitors that provide insight into how the service or application is behaving at scale to proactively identify bottlenecks

  • Integration into the Mu Test Suite which allows the same test scenarios to be leveraged for scale, functional, regression, resilience and security testing.

Zscaler Launches Integrated Email and Web Cloud Security Service

Zscaler, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced availability of an integrated email and web security service.

Zscaler launched its cloud-delivered web security service in 2008. The company said it is now protecting millions of users in 140 countries. Zscaler has a presence in 40+ data centers globally.

The new email security service provides protection against spam and malware. Key features include:

  • Accurate filtering to block spam and phishing

  • Deep protection against viruses and spyware before they enter the enterprise perimeter

  • Flexible policies to define granular mail flow and encryption

  • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for SMTP and webmail

  • Rich, interactive and correlated real-time reporting.

In addition, the Zscaler services offer policy-based protection for mobile users anywhere and at any time.

Pricing ranges from $1 to $5 per user per month depending upon the size of the customer organization and number of services selected. Enterprises can also elect to start with either the email or web service and then add additional services as needed.

TI Reports Higher Revenues, Profit

Texas Instruments reported Q2 revenue of $3.50 billion, net income of $769 million and earnings per share of 62 cents. TI's operating profit increased compared with the second quarter of 2009 and the prior quarter of 2010 due to higher gross profit, which primarily reflects higher revenue.

"Our Analog and Embedded Processing businesses turned in double-digit sequential growth, outpacing their respective markets and again confirming their ability to positively impact the financial performance of TI. As a result, we delivered our highest-ever quarterly operating profit," said Rich Templeton, TI chairman, president and chief executive officer.

"Orders were strong in the quarter, backlog increased and we expect to grow revenue again in the third quarter. Our steady investments in production capacity, even through last year's downturn, are now allowing us to meet higher demand levels from customers and simultaneously reduce lead times, which we believe is not only in the best interest of our customers, but will also help us gain share.

NSN to Acquire Motorola's Wireless Infrastructure Business for $1.2 Billion

Nokia Siemens Networks will acquire the majority of Motorola's wireless network infrastructure assets for US $1.2 billion in cash. The deal gives Nokia Siemens Networks incumbent relationships with more than 50 operators and to strengthen its position with China Mobile, Clearwire, KDDI, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone.

Based on revenue, with the addition of the Motorola wireless network infrastructure business, Nokia Siemens Networks will become the #3 wireless infrastructure vendor in the United States, the #1 foreign wireless vendor in Japan, and strengthen its current #2 position in the global infrastructure segment.

Motorola's networks infrastructure business provides products and services for wireless networks, including GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, WiMAX and LTE. This business is a market leader in WiMAX, with 41 contracts in 21 countries; has a strong global footprint in CDMA with 30 active networks in 22 countries; and a robust GSM installed base, with more than 80 active networks in 66 countries; and traction with LTE early adopters.

Motorola retains the iDEN business, substantially all the patents related to its wireless network infrastructure business and other selected assets. NSN gains cross-license to the IPR portfolio.

Approximately 7,500 employees are expected to transfer to Nokia Siemens Networks from Motorola's wireless network infrastructure business when the transaction closes, including large research and development sites in the United States, China and India.

The companies expect to complete closing activities by the end of 2010. Nokia Siemens Networks and Motorola also are exploring a global relationship in the public safety arena. This relationship would combine Motorola's leadership in providing solutions to public safety organizations with Nokia Siemens Networks' commercial LTE solutions.

"This is an exciting acquisition that I believe has significant benefits for customers, employees and our shareholders," said Rajeev Suri, Chief Executive Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. "Motorola's current customers will continue to get world-class support for their installed base and a clear path for transitioning to next generation technologies while employees will join an industry leader with global scale and reach. Nokia Siemens Networks will see the benefits of a deal that is expected to enhance profitability and cashflow and to have significant upside potential."

"We are pleased to be able to add new relationships with some customers, and reinforce our position with others," said Suri. "I believe the addition of Motorola's Networks business will significantly strengthen our worldwide presence, enhance our scale in the United States, Japan and other priority regions and reinforce our leadership position in the global wireless sector."

"As customers look to transition from CDMA networks to next generation technologies, the addition of the Motorola wireless network infrastructure business is targeted to ensure that we are well placed to meet those needs," said Bosco Novak, head of Customer Operations at Nokia Siemens Networks. "Together, we will utilize the combined strength of Nokia Siemens Networks' TD-LTE solutions and Motorola's WiMAX and LTE businesses, to better meet customers' evolving technology and business needs."
  • Earlier this month, Motorola outlined its plans to separate its Mobile Devices and Home businesses from its Enterprise Mobility Solutions and Networks businesses. The separation will be accomplished through a series of transactions in which the assets, liabilities and operations of the Mobile Devices and Home businesses on a global basis will be transferred to a new company called Motorola SpinCo.

  • In July 2009, Ericsson won the bid to acquire Nortel's CDMA and LTE assets in North America in a deal valued at US$1.13 billion in cash. Ericsson's bid prevailed in the auction process initiated by Nortel. The deal closed later in the year. In March 2010, Ericsson completed its acquisition of Nortel's North American GSM business.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Infonetics: Mobile Broadband Service Revenue to More than Double by 2014

Between 2010 and 2014, mobile broadband revenue will more than double, according to a new report from Infonetics called Mobile Services and Subscribers: Voice, SMS/MMS, and Broadband. The number of mobile broadband subscribers is expected to reach 1.8 billion worldwide by 2014, or 28% of total mobile subscribers. The bi-annual report provides in-depth analysis and worldwide and regional market size and forecasts through 2014 for mobile services (voice, SMS/MMS, and mobile broadband [W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000/EV-DO, TD-SCDMA, LTE]) and subscribers (voice [prepaid and postpaid] and mobile broadband [W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000/EV-DO, TD-SCDMA, LTE, Phone-based and PC-based]).

Some highlights:

  • The number of LTE subscribers is forecast to reach 153 million by 2014, mostly in Asia Pacific and EMEA

  • Due in large part to the high concentration of mobile operators in developed markets in Western Europe with good HSPA coverage, the EMEA region leads the mobile broadband race, having outpaced early 3G adopters such as Australia, Japan, and South Korea.

  • In emerging Asian economies such as China and India, data revenue, including SMS and mobile broadband, is already having a positive impact on total ARPU, more than offsetting the rapid decline of voice ARPU that's occurring despite double-digit percentage annual increases in voice traffic.

  • By 2014, W-CDMA/HSPA revenue will almost be 7 times that of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO revenue, as the majority of worldwide mobile subscribers are on GSM networks.

  • Revenue from mobile broadband cards (standard PC cards and embedded cards) grew 6% in 1Q09 over 4Q09 to $1.55 billion worldwide.

  • Strong growth is expected in mobile broadband card revenue and unit shipments in 2010, driven in large part by increasing adoption of HSPA (High Speed Packet Access).

  • LTE-based mobile broadband embedded PC card sales are forecast to top US$3.8 billion in 2014.

  • Shipments of mobile routers jumped 59% in 1Q10 over 4Q09 as mobile operators see them as a means of offloading mobile data traffic onto WiFi and are actively promoting them.

  • Huawei, Sony Ericsson and ZTE are the top 3 mobile broadband card revenue market share leaders in 1Q10

  • The number of mobile broadband subscribers surpassed DSL subscribers for the first time in 2009, and is forecast by Infonetics Research to grow to 1.8 billion worldwide in 2014.

Vendors back POLQA -- Mobile Voice Quality Testing Standard

OPTICOM, SwissQual and TNO announced that POLQA, a new voice quality testing technique, has been selected to form the new ITU-T voice quality standard to be used with HD Voice, 3G and 4G/LTE. POLQA - which stands for "Perceptual Objective Listening Quality Analysis" - will offer a new level of benchmarking capability to determine the voice quality of mobile network services.

A new POLQA coalition has been formed by OPTICOM, SwissQual and TNO as the outcome of the competitive standardization process run by the ITU-T. The POLQA standard was selected as a technology update for PESQ/P.862, which has been an industry benchmark for the past ten years.

"Over the last ten years test and measurement vendors have widely adopted ITU-T Recommendation P.862/PESQ ("Perceptual Evaluation of Speech Quality") and there are now more than 20,000 installations worldwide," explains Michael Keyhl, Founder and CEO of OPTICOM. "However, recently developed speech codecs for 3G and 4G, and new techniques for delivering an enhanced voice quality experience have generated strong demand for an update to this industry standard. POLQA is the answer the industry has been looking for."

SwissQual will provide commercial test products with embedded POLQA solutions, like ready-to-run drive test tool (DTT) systems for network benchmarking.

OPTICOM will provide POLQA within its PEXQ software test suite for Windows.

Brazil's Mobile Penetration Rate Hits 95%

As of the end of June 2010, Brazil had 185,134,974 mobile subscriptions for a mobile penetration rate of 95.92% for its population. Of these, 152,394,841 (82.32%) were pre-paid users and the remaining 32,740,133 (17.68%) were post paid users.

Sony Ericsson Reports Sales Growth, Market Share Estimated at 4%

Sony Ericsson reported quarterly sales of Euro 1,757 million, a 25% increase sequentially and a 4% increase year-on-year. Units shipped in the quarter were 11 million, a 5% increase sequentially and a 20% decrease year-on- year due to the reduction in size of the product portfolio. Average selling price (ASP) increased 19% sequentially and 31% year-on-year to Euro 160 during the quarter due to improved product and geographical mix, as well as positive currency effects.

The transformation programme, which started in mid-2008 is now in its final stages and on target to reduce annual operating expenses by Euro 880 million by the end of the year. Since the start of the program Sony Ericsson has reduced its global workforce by approximately 4,000 people to reach a total workforce of approximately 7,800 by June 30, 2010. The total restructuring charges taken to date for the programme are Euro 374 million.

As of June 30, 2010 Sony Ericsson retained a net cash position of Euro 609 million, an increase of Euro 46 million sequentially mainly due to operating results, tight financial management of working capital, as well as positive currency effects.

Market share in unit base for the quarter remained flat and is estimated to be around 4%.

Sony Ericsson maintains a forecast of slight growth in units in the global handset market in 2010.

Ocean Observatories Establish Two 10 Gbps Peerings with Amazon Web Services

CENIC, which operates the high performance network for California's education and research communities, and PNWGP, which operates similar facilities in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Idaho, have established two 10 Gbps connections to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

When a national network of ocean observatories begins streaming environmental sensor data in March 2012, researchers will be able to access storage and computing clouds operated by Amazon Web Services.

"The ability to use cost-effective cloud services to store and process large amounts of data is vital for researchers in many of the most active areas of research," says CENIC President and CEO Jim Dolgonas. "Collaborative research is dependent on the ability to share, and seamlessly access and manipulate data. With these new peering connections to Amazon Web Services, both the CENIC and PNWGP communities can obtain maximum speed and benefit from AWS cloud services."

Members of CENIC include the California K-12 system, all 114 campuses of California's Community Colleges, all 23 campuses of the California State University, all 10 campuses of the University of California, and prestigious private universities including Caltech, USC, Stanford, and others. With this type of fiber-optic path connecting California's research and educational institutions, data exchanges can take place in a fraction of a second -- enabling research and collaboration previously within the realm of science fiction.

Among the first users to benefit from access to Amazon Web Services will be researchers participating in the National Science Foundation-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Cyberinfrastructure (CI) project. The University of California, San Diego is building the information technology and telecommunications infrastructure that will bring ocean and atmospheric sensor data from the observatories and make them available to environmental researchers around the country and throughout the world. Research teams in California will have the option to do their storage and computing on their own machines, or remotely on Amazon S3 or Amazon EC2.

Both UW and UC San Diego are involved in the $400 million Ocean Observatories Initiative, and its Cyberinfrastructure group -- led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and based in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) -- determined that cloud computing and remote storage would reduce the need for capital expenditures.

Akamai Reports Traffic Peaks during World Cup

Akamai reported that global interest in this year's World Cup was over 2X higher than the 2006 event, as demonstrated by Akamai's Net Usage Index for News, which registered a peak of more than 20 million visitors per minute on June 24th, compared to a peak of 8 million visitors per minute during the 2006 World Cup.

For this year's World Cup, Akamai delivered live and on-demand Web content and streaming for 24 global broadcasters into 65 countries during the month-long World Cup championships. Customers included ESPN, Prisacom, Televisa, TV2 and TV4. Some highlights:

On, matches were viewed by 7.4 million unique viewers

  •'s front page, which prominently featured World Cup news, video and scores, saw 304 million visits and 663 million page views

  • Swiss IPTV portal saw its traffic more than double during peak times and supported more than 100,000 additional viewers during the event

  • provided live and on-demand streams of all matches in Switzerland and at peak times registered up to 35,000 concurrent streams, a streaming record.

Subaru Adds Mobile Wi-Fi Access to its Crossover SUV

Subaru has begun offering an optional Wi-Fi
connectivity capability in its 2011 Outback crossover SUV model. The new Subaru Mobile Internet system connects to a 3G network and creates a Wi-Fi hotspot inside the Outback giving internet access to 10 or more users for up to 150 feet around the vehicle. The Wi-Fi capability is designed for passenger access while the Outback is in motion.

Subaru Mobile Internet technology is provided by Autonet Mobile, which is an in-car Internet service provider. The Wi-Fi service can be added as a port or dealer-installed accessory to any 2011 Subaru Outback for an MSRP of $499, plus a $35 activation fee. A one-year subscription at $29 per month is required.