Thursday, July 22, 2010

Riverbed Broadens its Scope with Virtualized WAN Optimization

Riverbed Technology released a virtualized version of its Steelhead wide area network (WAN) optimization appliance, enabling enterprises to extend the benefits of WAN optimization to new locations without needing a physical Riverbed appliance. Riverbed's Virtual Steelhead works in conjunction with VMware's vSphere Platform.

Riverbed said its Virtual Steelhead offers the same WAN optimization performance metrics and features as its appliance, but can be deployed in a wider range of environments that may have specialized requirements, such as ruggedized environments or environments with space limitations, as well as data centers that have been heavily virtualized.

Riverbed claims WAN application performance boosts of up to 100X for its Steelhead line. The new virtualized version uses resources in the virtualized computing environment at the client end. The Steelhead software functionality runs in a virtual machine in the equipment already available at the client end. For instance, for military field operations, a ruggedized virtualized server may already be part of the deployed equipment, so the WAN optimization functionality is better run in a virtualized machine on the hardened server rather than as an additional appliance.

Additionally, service providers and systems integrators that deliver managed services based on Riverbed WAN optimization now have the option to deliver a virtualized solution without having to put an additional physical box in the customer location, making provisioning easier and allowing customers to more cost-effectively reap the benefits of application acceleration and IT consolidation with a flexible pay-as-you-grow model.

"Our server infrastructure is 80% virtualized today. The option to extend virtualization to a WAN optimization solution based on Riverbed's best-of-breed Steelhead appliance will enable our continued effort to reduce our IT hardware footprint. Virtual Steelhead is built on a proven WAN optimization solution. Virtualization is an innovative way to handle consolidation, cost-control measures, and even green initiatives," said Searl Tate, director of engineering at Paul Hastings, a global law firm.

Virtual Steelhead is expected to be generally available in Q3 2010.

ShoreTel Step Up with Release 11 of UC Platform

ShoreTel continues to shine with Release 11 of its unified communications system, adding such features as a companion iPhone app and a distributed database for scaling enterprise VoIP deployments. Additional instances of the ShoreTel 11 database can be installed at remote sites, helping to alleviate potential performance bottlenecks and eliminate single points of failure.

The ShoreTel Communicator client is now available for the Web and for the iPhone, allowing users to manage communications from Macintosh computers and iPhones, along with BlackBerry and other popular devices.

ShoreTel 11 offers extended legacy PBX integration capabilities with expanded QSIG support, making it easier for customers to leverage existing investments and migrate to ShoreTel's all IP-based UC capabilities over time.

In addition, the company released ShoreTel Contact Center 6, adding new capabilities that make it easier to integrate contact center activities with existing core business processes.

New real time APIs and event feeds open up the flow of contact center data to other applications, helping call centers improve responsiveness and improve flexibility. Increased scalability and high availability features also provide a robust foundation and flexible geographic footprint for large call centers. As with all previous ShoreTel releases, ShoreTel Contact Center 6 is available as a free upgrade for current customers with a ShoreTel support contract, as part of ShoreTel's standard support service.

Sigma Designs Introduces Chipset for Low-Cost MS Mediaroom STB

Sigma Designs introduced a low-cost Microsoft Mediaroom compatible set top box platform based on its second generation SMP8652 media processor SoC (system-on-chip).

Sigma Designs has completed integration with Mediaroom client software and are anticipated to begin deployment with leading carriers in the second half of 2010.

Sigma's single chip implementation features a 500-Mhz MIPS host CPU, a second processor called the IPU for offloading burdensome real-time tasks, and a third processor dedicated to managing security functions. Its advanced decoder engines support high definition video decoding of H.264 (MPEG-4 part 10), Windows Media® Video 9, VC-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (part 2), the new AVS standard, and can support up to 16 independent streams on screen in different formats. High-performance graphics acceleration, multi-standard audio decoding, and advanced display processing capabilities round out its multimedia core. Powerful content security is ensured through a dedicated secure processor, on-chip flash memory, and a range of digital rights management (DRM) engines for high-speed payload decryption. Additional functions include 32-bit DDR-2 memory controller, dual Gigabit Ethernet controller, dual USB 2.0 controller, NAND flash controller, and SATA controller enable a single-chip solution for most set top boxes.

The company confirmed that multiple Mediaroom OEMs are currently designing new set top boxes based around the SMP8652 for low-cost applications such as additional rooms in the home.
Additionally, OEMs are also moving ahead with implementations of the SMP8654, another Mediaroom platform from Sigma offering even higher performance within the same family of devices. The first to market will be Tatung, with its recently approved SMP8652-based set top boxes.

Microsoft's Mediaroom platform is currently delivering services to an estimated 5 million subscribers worldwide.

"A key part of our Mediaroom marketing strategy is to continually drive down costs in our ecosystem while ensuring delivery of the full-featured, high quality viewing experience that consumers demand," said Steve Koepp, senior manager, business development of Microsoft's Media Platform Business. "As a key ecosystem partner, Sigma Designs is helping to advance this goal, enabling ever more cost-efficient set top box designs to help further accelerate the availability and reach of world-class TV services powered by Mediaroom."

AT&T U-verse Achieves First Billion-Dollar Revenue Quarter

In Q2 2010, AT&T achieved its first ever billion-dollar revenue quarter for its U-verse services.

During Q2, AT&T had 209,000 U-verse TV subscriber net additions to drive the U-verse TV subscriber total to 2.5 million, up by more than 900,000 over the past year. More than 75 percent of U-verse TV customers choose a triple- or quad-play of integrated U-verse TV, Internet, home phone and/or wireless services. The average revenue per user (ARPU) for U-verse triple-play customers was nearly $160 a month, up 13.8 percent year over year and 6.8 percent from the first quarter of 2010.

AT&T Adds Nearly 900,000 Connected Devices in Q2

AT&T added about 900,000 connected devices to its network in Q2 2010, bring the total number of connected devices to nearly 6.7 million. This includes both emerging consumer devices and machine-to-machine devices.

AT&T has certified more than 850 specialty devices - such as eReaders, netbooks, digital photo frames, personal navigation devices, home security monitoring and smart grid devices - for use on its wireless network.

In addition, responding to the growing demand for emerging device solutions in the enterprise market, AT&T recently formed the Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group. Created in May 2010, this group delivers advanced mobile applications and solutions for both traditional and emerging devices to businesses, governments and organizations of all sizes.

In addition, AT&T has announced plans this year to support several new devices. Those new emerging device categories include:

Healthcare: AT&T will provide the nationwide network connection for Vitality GlowCaps, intelligent pill caps designed to help patients take medications regularly through a series of reminders, including light, sound, text message and phone call alerts if the cap is not opened as scheduled. The AT&T connected pill caps are expected in market in the coming months.

Tracking: AT&T is providing the wireless connection for a pallet tracking device managed by American Security Logistics. The connected responder is placed in a shipping pallet and can be tracked by GPS, which helps feed information to a service bureau across AT&T's nationwide network. The responder will eventually extend to other devices, including those used to track pets and Alzheimer's patients.

Tablets: OpenPeak, a leading provider of multimedia touch-screen devices and device management platforms, has selected AT&T as the wireless carrier for its upcoming OpenTablet multipurpose computing tablet. The tablet, expected in late 2010, will combine communications, entertainment and home management capabilities. The device will feature AT&T mobile broadband connectivity.

Ericsson Cites Operator Caution, Component Shortages & Bottlenecks

Ericsson's sales for Q2 2010 were down -8% year-over-year but up 6% sequentially, reaching SEK 48.0 billion compared to SEK 52.1 billion a year earlier. Gross margin, excluding restructuring, improved slightly sequentially and improved year-over-year to 39% (36%) due to business mix and efficiency gains. However, Ericsson said operators in a number of developing markets remain cautious in their network upgrade plans..

Cost reduction activities have reduced Ericsson's operating expenses, but the company incurred costs in integrating the recently acquired CDMA and GSM businesses from Nortel, as well as incurring higher investments in certain R&D areas and growing number of 4G/LTE trials.

"Operators showed a continued good demand for mobile broadband driven by smartphone and laptop usage. Sales were however impacted by continued industry component shortages and supply chain bottlenecks. We estimate that this
had a negative impact on our sales in the quarter by SEK 3-4 b," stated Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.

Some highlights for the quarter.


  • Networks' sales in the quarter declined by -12% year-over-year. Voice related sales, such as 2G access
    and circuit switched core continued to decline.

  • Increased mobile broadband sales (3G), including radio, backhaul and packet core, partly offset this impact. CDMA continued to develop favorably. Similar to the first quarter segment sales were negatively impacted by continued component shortages and supply chain bottlenecks.

  • The strong data traffic uptake is creating transmission bottlenecks and demand for microwave based backhaul solutions was strong in the quarter.

  • EBITA margin in the quarter increased year-over-year to 17% (14%) despite lower sales, positively impacted
    by continued efficiency gains and business mix with a high proportion of network expansions.

Global Services

  • Global Services sales were flat year-over-year, but increased 11% sequentially. Global services sales
    account for some 42% of total Group sales.

  • Professional Services sales increased 5% year-over-year and in local currencies growth amounted to 9%
    year-over-year. Managed Services sales in the quarter increased by 23% year-over-year.

  • Network Rollout sales decreased -12% year-over-year.

  • The year-over-year slow-down in growth in Global Services sales is primarily an effect of lower network
    rollout activity driven by fewer turnkey projects, continued component shortages and supply chain

  • There is a continued good demand for services targeting the operational efficiency of operators,
    such as managed services, systems integration and consulting. Operators also show growing interest in
    network optimization services, driven by mobile broadband build out, as well as revenue assurance
    services. Services related to 2G voice sales developed unfavorably also this quarter.

  • During the quarter, nine managed services contracts were signed of which six were extensions or
    expansions of existing customer agreements.


  • Multimedia sales in the quarter decreased by -27% year-over-year due to continued weak demand for
    revenue management solutions in regions India, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Sales grew 5%
    sequentially, driven by TV and Multimedia Brokering.

  • The TV business continued to show good development with strong demand for compression technology.

Ericsson reported mixed results geographically, with some regions growing quickly and others decreasing.

  • North America sales increased 128% year-over-year and 37% sequentially. The strong mobile data growth was further spurred by the launch of smartphones by all leading carriers. In the quarter, Ericsson started volume deliveries of 4G/LTE.

  • Latin America sales decreased -12% year-over-year and grew 6% sequentially. Operator consolidation is
    ongoing in the region. Lower cost smartphones has created continuous growth in mobile broadband usage,
    pushing operators for investments in networks and services.

  • Northern Europe and Central Asia sales decreased by -7% year-over-year and increased
    16% sequentially. Sales of mobile network infrastructure increased sequentially, mainly driven
    by major 2G expansions and 3G build-outs in the Eastern part of the region.

  • Western and Central Europe sales decreased -19% year-over-year and -16% sequentially due to cautious operator investments in parts of the region. Development in the region showed large variations, parts of Western Europe developed favorably while Central Europe in general was slow. Services represented two thirds of the sales in the
    quarter, and operators' focus on efficiency continued to drive a strong interest in exploring business models
    such as network sharing and network transformations leading to opportunities both in services and networks.

  • Mediterranean sales decreased -17% year-over-year and increased 11% sequentially. Operator investments
    in Spain and Greece were low due to overall economic environment.

  • Middle East sales decreased -20% year-over-year and by -4% sequentially. Services sales showed a
    continued growth in the quarter driven by demand for managed services. Services represented 46% of the
    business in the region this quarter.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa sales decreased by -19% year-over-year and increased 22% sequentially. The region
    continued to be impacted by the global economic downturn with a tight credit environment. Operator
    consolidation is also taking place in the region, which temporarily reduced investments. Mobile subscriptions
    are developing positively with net additions for both voice and broadband services. New mobile licenses
    are being selected in certain countries.

  • India sales decreased -63% year-over-year and -41% sequentially due to cautious operator investments in
    the lead up to the 3G auctions as well as the ongoing government initiated security clearance process. The
    decline in business volumes mainly affected mobile infrastructure sales while recurring services business
    maintained its good development.

  • China and North East Asia sales decreased -36% year-over-year and by -7% sequentially. The year-over-
    year decline is related to timing of roll-out for 3G/WCDMA in mainland China. In 2009 a majority of
    network rollouts took place during the first half of the year.

  • South East Asia and Oceania sales decreased -36% year-over-year and increased 4% sequentially. Sales
    of network equipment were weaker overall due to cautious investment in a number of markets.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Keynote Systems and OPNET Enter Alliance

Keynote Systems and OPNET Technologies announced a strategic alliance that focuses on maximizing the performance and availability of web applications for corporate enterprises and government agencies worldwide. Key initiatives of the alliance include technical collaboration and coordinated marketing and sales efforts that emphasize each company's best-in-class technologies.

The companies said their joint offering enables proactive, 24x7 visibility into the performance of critical applications from multiple geographic locations using a combination of real user traffic and synthetic transaction monitoring.

Keynote contributes synthetic transaction monitoring, alarms, and user experience monitoring from more than 2,500 locations outside the enterprise network, using the most popular browsers and mobile devices.

OPNET contributes real end user experience monitoring from within the enterprise network enabled by deep packet inspection, and tracing capabilities at the code level, enabled by low-overhead monitoring of thousands of metrics across all application tiers. OPNET's APM technology can distinguish between Keynote-generated synthetic traffic and real user traffic reaching production systems.

GENBAND to Resell Procera's DPI Platform

GENBAND and Procera Networks announced an OEM agreement under which GENBAND will incorporate Procera's PacketLogic DPI technology into its portfolio.

GENBAND also unveiled the P Series product family, which leverages Procera's PacketLogic advanced DPI technology to help operators decrease network congestion, eliminate malware or non-compliant applications and lay the foundation to deliver a wide range of new communication applications that significantly improve the subscriber experience and increase service providers' network efficiency.

Procera's DPI technology, integrated with GENBAND's data products on the ATCA-based GENBAND GENiUS™ platform, will deliver new broadband data solutions for enhanced business intelligence, traffic management and security protection, as well as enable new applications and business models.

"Integrating DPI technology into our product portfolio is an important part of our product strategy, as it further enables us to help service providers better understand and manage their networks, avoid costly network upgrades and create new revenue opportunities," said Charlie Vogt, President and CEO of GENBAND. "This agreement allows us to offer market-leading DPI products and enables future innovation as we integrate DPI capabilities on the GENBAND GENiUS platform to deliver best-of-breed mobile and fixed broadband data solutions."

Separately, Procera Networks announced that Charles D. Vogt, President and CEO of GENBAND, has joined Procera's board of directors. Prior to joining GENBAND in September 2004, Vogt was instrumental in the operational and financial growth of five standard-setting technology companies that either became public companies or were acquired.
  • In June 2010, following its acquisition of Nortel's CVAS business, GENBAND outlined its vision and roadmap for next generation and IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS) networks. The product set is focused on IP multimedia applications, switching and security solutions based on open, standards-based architectures. Key elements of the product portfolio include: GENBAND GENiUS Platform -- Described as a cornerstone of the roadmap, the all-IP ATCA "GENiUS" will encompass GENBAND's application, call control, session border and security product lines. The GENBAND GENiUS platform will incorporate high-performance, high-density computing hardware and sophisticated Service Availability Forum (SAF) compliant middleware.

Hong Kong's CSL Selects ZTE for 1800 MHz/2600 MHz Dual-band LTE Network

Hong Kong's CSL Limited, which is a subsidiary of Telstra, has selected ZTE for its commercial 1800 MHz/2600 MHz dual-band LTE network. The dual-band LTE network will leverage CSL's spectrum position to provide customers with better coverage and enhanced penetration for a more satisfying communications experience.

The deployment follows the commercial LTE network construction contract signed by both parties, under which ZTE will provide CSL with an end-to-end LTE infrastructure solution and LTE devices. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The LTE terminals for CSL's LTE network will be deployed and developed by ZTE. The company said its Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology supports the distributed multi-mode and multi-band base stations, including re-farming of the 1800MHz spectrum for LTE use.

ZTE noted that, to date, it has deployed seven commercial LTE networks and built nearly 50 LTE trial networks.

Calix Reports Q2 Revenue of $72 Million

Calix reported Q2 revenue of $71.7 million, an increase of 50% from revenue reported for the second quarter of 2009 of $47.8 million. GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2010 was $3.2 million, or pro forma $(0.09) per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $8.8 million, or pro forma $(0.33) per share, reported for the second quarter of 2009 (assuming the conversion of preferred stock into common stock as of the beginning of the second quarter of 2009).

"Second quarter results were ahead of our expectations and represented strong growth and increased market momentum," said Calix president and CEO Carl Russo. "Communications service providers continued to leverage the increasing strength of our Unified Access portfolio to bring ‘Fiber Forward' in their networks. As we look into the third quarter, we see a clear path to achieving our goals, but we will continue to manage our business closely as we monitor the macroeconomic climate."

Riverbed Reports Q2 Revenue of $126.2 million, up 39% YoY

Riverbed Technology reported Q2 revenue of $126.2 million, up 12.3% compared to the first fiscal quarter of 2010 (Q1'10), and up 38.7% compared to a year earlier. Net income (GAAP) for Q2 was $6.6 million, or $0.09 per diluted share. This compares to GAAP net income of $1.1 million, or $0.01 per share, in Q1 and a GAAP net loss of $0.3 million, or $0.00 per share, for Q2 last year.

"Riverbed reported a record breaking second quarter as WAN optimization continues to be a strategic priority investment for businesses and governments around the world," said Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed president and CEO. "We executed well, achieving 39 percent year-over-year revenue growth with product sales increasing more than 40 percent over the prior year, marking our fourth consecutive quarter of product revenue acceleration."

PMC-Sierra Posts Q2 Revenue of $161 Million, up 30% YoY

PMC-Sierra reported Q2 revenues of $160.7 million, an increase of 30% compared to $123.2 million in the second quarter of 2009 and 5% higher than net revenues of $152.8 million reported in the first quarter of 2010. Net income (GAAP) was $30.1 million (GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.13) compared with net income of $7.8 million (GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.03) in the second quarter of 2009 and net income of $27.0 million (GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.12) in the first quarter of 2010.

"In the second quarter of 2010, we benefited from continued growth in our Enterprise Storage and Fiber To The Home businesses," said Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC-Sierra. "We're also very pleased to have closed the asset purchase of Adaptec's channel storage business in the second quarter to accelerate our access to channel customers worldwide."

Infinera Posts Q2 Revenue of $111.4 Million, up 62% Year-Over-Year

Infinera reported Q2 2010 GAAP revenues of $111.4 million compared to $95.8 million in the first quarter of 2010 and $68.9 million in the second quarter of 2009. GAAP gross margins for the quarter were 42% compared to 39% in the first quarter of 2010 and 29% in the second quarter of 2009. GAAP net loss for the quarter was $9.6 million, or $(0.10) per share, compared to $20.0 million, or $(0.21) per share, in the first quarter of 2010 and $27.1 million, or $(0.28) per share, in the second quarter of 2009.

"I am delighted with the performance delivered by the Infinera team in the second quarter-- one of the strongest in the company's history," said Tom Fallon, president and chief executive officer. "We achieved new records for overall quarterly revenue and bookings, including increased shipments of tributary adapter modules, and we posted higher gross margins, achieved positive cash flow, and earned a profit on a non-GAAP basis."

Qwest Launches Heavy-Duty Internet -- 40 Mbps

Qwest is launching a "Heavy Duty" Internet service for residential customers. The Qwest network delivers, in selected areas, downstream connection speeds up to 40 Mbps and 99.9% reliability. Qwest includes a suite of backup, security and support services.

Nokia's Q2 Sales Hit EUR 10.0 billion

Nokia reported net sales of EUR 10.0 billion for Q2 2010, up 1% year-on-year and 5% sequentially (down 4% and up 2% at constant currency). Nokia Siemens Networks net sales were EUR 3.0 billion, down 5% year-on-year and up 12% sequentially (down 11% and up 10% at constant currency).

"Despite facing continuing competitive challenges, we ended the second quarter with several reasons to be optimistic about our future. For one, the global handset market has continued to grow at a healthy pace, led by some of the less mature markets where Nokia is strong. We are also encouraged by the solid second quarter performance of our Mobile Phones business, helped by an improving line-up of affordable models," said Olli-Pekka KALLASVUO, Nokia's CEO.

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • Devices & Services net sales of EUR 6.8 billion, up 3% year-on-year and 2% sequentially (down 2% and 1% at constant currency).

  • Services net sales of EUR 158 million, up 7% sequentially; billings of EUR 295 million, up 29% sequentially.

  • Nokia total mobile device volumes of 111.1 million units, up 8% year-on-year and 3% sequentially.

  • Nokia converged mobile device (smartphone and mobile computer) volumes of 24.0 million units, up 42% year-on-year and 12% sequentially.

  • Nokia mobile device ASP (including services revenue) of EUR 61, down from EUR 62 in Q1 2010.

  • Devices & Services gross margin of 30.2%, down from 34.0% in Q2 2009 and 32.4% in Q1 2010.

  • Devices & Services non-IFRS operating margin of 9.5%, down from 12.2% in Q2 2009 and 12.1% in Q1 2010.

  • NAVTEQ non-IFRS net sales of EUR 253 million, up 71% year-on-year and 34% sequentially (up 69% and 30% at constant currency).

  • Nokia Siemens Networks non-IFRS operating margin of 1.7%, up from 0.1% in Q2 2009 and 0.6% in Q1 2010.

Verizon Business Provides Low-Latency Connectivity for NYSE Euronext

NYSE Euronext has chosen Verizon Business to provide extremely low-latency connectivity from customer premises into its SFTI access centers. This will which enable SFTI Optic wavelength low-latency access into their colocation racks in NYSE Euronext's new, state-of-the-art European Liquidity Center.

NTT Com Opens Data Centers in Vietnam and Singapore

NTT Communications will open premium data centers in Vietnam and Singapore and also launch a new service that enables enterprise customers to quickly establish seamless connectivity between core data centers under a major new strategy to expand business in the fast-growing Asian region.

The Ho Chi Minh City Data Center will launch as a premium data center in the city center in the third quarter of calendar 2011, joining the Thang Long Data Center in Hanoi as NTT Com's second data center in Vietnam. It will be designed, constructed and operated by Global Data Service JSC (GDS), a joint venture between NTT Com and the government-owned Vietnam Posts & Telecommunications Group (VNPT), the largest telecom in Vietnam.

The Singapore Serangoon Data Center will begin operating as a dedicated premium data center in Singapore in the first quarter of calendar 2012. The NTT Com-designed facility will be constructed and operated by NTT Worldwide Telecommunications Corp., which specializes in the procurement and management of data centers worldwide for the NTT Com Group.

The Inter-Data center Connectivity Service forms the second pillar of NTT Com's new strategy for expanding world-class ICT solutions and quality of service in Asia. The service will utilize a large-capacity backbone for high-speed, seamless rack-to-rack connectivity between core data centers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. Applications for the Inter-Data Center Connectivity Service will be accepted from September. The service will be offered with guaranteed bandwidth (Type A) or best-effort delivery (Type B). Type B will be uniformly priced worldwide, while Type A pricing will depend on the user's requirements.

Alcatel-Lucent Introduces Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV for Smaller Markets

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a turnkey, compact IPTV solution, powered by Microsoft Mediaroom, for smaller regional operators service between 1,000 and 100,000 set-top-boxes. The solution offers the same capabilities as the company's full IPTV offering can be deployed with far fewer servers.

Alcatel-Lucent said the Hyper-V technology in Windows Server 2008 enables Microsoft Mediaroom to be run from a single rack of servers. Previously, a full-scale deployment required between 80 and 120 servers to support an IPTV market rollout.

For the new Integrated Solution for Microsoft Mediaroom, Alcatel-Lucent has also partnered with HP for a smaller and more energy-efficient footprint. The HP BladeSystem with HP Virtual Connect technology significantly reduces the cabling between servers. The solution has been pre-tested in Alcatel-Lucent's end-to-end IP Transformation
Center (IPTC) laboratories, resulting in reduced technical risk and improved time to market by as much as 30%.

This new Integrated Solution is designed to meet the cost requirements of regional communication service providers (CSPs). Cinergy MetroNet is the first customer to use the solution and will begin offering Alcatel-Lucent-powered IPTV services to six cities in Indiana, reaching approximately 50,000 potential customers beginning July 26, 2010.

ST-Ericsson Posts Revenue of $544 Million, Down 10% Sequentially

ST-Ericsson reported Q2 2010 net revenues of $544 million, down 10% sequentially from $606 million in Q1 2010 and down from $666 million a year ago.

"Our sales in the quarter continued to reflect the impact of our ongoing portfolio transition, combined with weaker-than-expected performance in Asia and some supply limitations. We are, however, encouraged by the progress made by the new portfolio with our customers. Our smartphone platform family has achieved design wins for multiple models with four customers, and we continue to see good traction for our high-value entry and modem portfolio," stated President and CEO, Gilles Delfassy.

AT&T Cites Fast Growth on Public Wi-Fi Network

AT&T handled 68.1 million connections on its public Wi-Fi network during Q2 2010 -- up from 15 million connections in the second quarter of 2009. Customers have made 121.2 million connections in the first half of 2010, already far surpassing the 85.5 million connections made in all of 2009. Wi-Fi usage has seen steady and significant growth each quarter, including a nearly 30 percent increase from the first to second quarter of 2010.

"The extraordinary growth in Wi-Fi usage is yet another indication of customers' reliance on mobile broadband and of the many benefits that venues receive by making Wi-Fi available to their customers and employees," said Angie Wiskocil, senior vice president, AT&T Wi-Fi Services.