Thursday, July 29, 2010

NTT DOCOMO Unveils "Xi" LTE Service Brand

In anticipation of its LTE service launch slated for December, NTT DOCOMO unveiled the brand name and logo of its forthcoming next-generation mobile service for the Japanese market.

The brand name is written "Xi" and read "crossy."

The "X" denotes both "connection" and "infinite possibility," and the "i" both "individual user" and "innovation." The logo, which resembles the infinity symbol, aligns the letters in a single stream to embody the bonds that organically link people, goods and information, and lead to new innovation.

DOCOMO said its Xi LTE service will offer downlinks of up to 75 Mbps, approximately 10 times faster than the company's current FOMA 3G service. Initially, Xi will be available in the Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka areas, but coverage eventually will be expanded to other major cities and then additional areas of the nation. Xi users will be seamlessly handed over to the FOMA network whenever they leave a Xi service area.

Xi handsets, billing plans and other details will be announced later.

Best Buy to Launch "Connect" Broadband Service with Clearwire

Best Buy will use Clearwire's 4G network to offer mobile internet service to customers under its own Best Buy Connect brand. The service launch is anticipated for 2011.

"Our strategic wholesale agreement with Clearwire will enable Best Buy Connect to leverage the Clearwire 4G network's speed and bandwidth to deliver compelling new mobile broadband experiences for our customers," said Jed Stillman, vice president of Best Buy Connect. "This agreement paves the way to providing one-stop shopping and support for mobile broadband as more people become more connected across all kinds of devices. We believe consumers will appreciate the added advantage of relying on Best Buy Connect for both 3G and 4G mobile broadband services beginning next year."

Harris Acquires CapRock for $525 Million

Harris completed its previously announced acquisition of CapRock Communications for $525 million in cash.

CapRock provides managed communication services including broadband Internet access, VoIP, networking and real-time video delivered to harsh and remote locations around the world. CapRock managed network solutions include multiband, portable and fixed satellite communications services supported by its teleports and network operations centers around the globe. CapRock supports a wide range of customers in the energy, maritime and government industries, including Chevron, Diamond Offshore, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, MODEC, Shell, Transocean, KBR, Green Reefers, Gulf Offshore, Seatrans, Oceaneering, Subsea 7, the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other federal civilian agencies. The companies has its headquarters in Houston, Texas.

Applied Micro Revenues Rise 6% Sequentially, 35% YoY

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) reported quarterly net revenues of $60.8 million, up 6% sequentially and up 35% year over year. GAAP net income was $1.4 million or $0.02 per share. Book to bill, exiting the quarter, was 1.3x.

"The demand for our products continues to be very strong and we exited the quarter with a solid book-to-bill which demonstrates the wide acceptance for our products and the continued traction we are enjoying from the introduction of our new product lines. For the quarter, we once again delivered solid results and this is the sixth straight quarter we have met or exceeded the Street's expectations," said Dr. Paramesh Gopi, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Bob Gargus, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "We had a very strong quarter. In spite of industry-wide supply chain constraints, we were able to proactively manage our business and delivered results that exceeded expectations. Through solid execution, we continue to leverage the business towards sustained double digit profitability."

Motorola Partners with Intrado on NG9-1-1 Texting

Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Solutions group has formed an alliance with Intrado to deliver next-generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) text messaging enabled products and services.

The two companies will initially focus on a citizen text messaging trial to enable access for individuals who may have speech or hearing disabilities. The result of this trial will help inform how citizen text messages are best integrated as public safety agencies move toward NG9-1-1 services.

In June 2009, Intrado launched the first text messaging solution to successfully deliver text messages directly to 9-1-1 and has continued to enhance that solution in preparation for broader deployment across the public safety community.

For the initial text trial, the interoperability and integration of Motorola's IP based PremierOne CAD and Intrado's A9-1-1 equipment and technology will be achieved using the ATIS Emergency Services Messaging Interface (ESMI) standard.

The companies said they support the need for NG9-1-1 standards. As future NG9-1-1 standards evolve and are approved by industry recognized standards organizations, trial solutions supporting these standards will be considered.

Crown Castle to Acquire NewPath Networks for $115 Million

Crown Castle International will acquire NewPath Networks, a provider of distributed antenna system (DAS) networks in the US for $115 million. NewPath was the eleventh platform investment made from the Charterhouse Equity Partners IV fund.

Crown Castle owns, operates, and leases towers and other communication structures for wireless communications. Crown Castle offers significant wireless communications coverage to 92 of the top 100 US markets and to substantially all of the Australian population. Crown Castle owns, operates and manages over 22,000 and approximately 1,600 wireless communication sites in the US and Australia, respectively.

NewPath designs, develops, owns and operates DAS networks that deliver enhanced network coverage, capacity and performance to wireless service providers (WSPs) in areas where traditional network build-out is difficult due to zoning, space, aesthetic, physical obstruction or cost constraints (such as urban areas, residential neighborhoods, large corporate, retail, or university campuses, sports arenas and stadiums).

Qualcomm Names Two Investors in India LTE Venture

Qualcomm, which won Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum in four telecom circles in India in the government auction earlier this year, announced the first two shareholders for its India LTE venture: Global Holding Corporation Pvt. Ltd. and Tulip Telecom Ltd. In the recently concluded BWA auction, Qualcomm won one slot of 20 MHz TDD spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band covering the key telecom circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala.

Qualcomm will have a 74 percent stake in the venture, while Global Holding Corporation and Tulip Telecom will hold 13 percent each, as required by applicable Indian Foreign Direct Investment regulations. Qualcomm said its objective is to facilitate the deployment of LTE while ensuring interworking with current and upcoming 3G HSPA and EV-DO networks.

Global Holding Corporation is the holding company of the Global Group, which provides network services to India's mobile operators and owns India's largest independent and neutral telecom tower infrastructure.

Tulip Telecom is India's largest enterprise data connectivity service provider and has significant experience in creating and managing large networks across industry verticals, such as telecom, banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), retail, education, health care and government.

"Our objective was to secure initial shareholders who are operator-neutral, yet bring strong telecom and broadband experience, and we are extremely pleased we met that objective with Global Holding Corporation and Tulip Telecom," said Kanwalinder Singh, president of Qualcomm India and South Asia and senior vice president of Qualcomm. "With our initial shareholders, and operators we intend to bring into the venture in the future, Qualcomm will facilitate accelerated deployment of LTE in concert with 3G HSPA and EV-DO networks, which protects and enhances the significant investment made by Indian operators in securing 3G and BWA spectrum."


Cable&Wireless Worldwide Closes London Centre

Cable&Wireless Worldwide closed Thameside its earth/satellite location centre in London as part of its ongoing pledge to significantly reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Originally the Docklands Telecommunications Centre, Thameside was a collection of huge satellite dishes in the midst of the city. The relocation to various other sites took over two years to complete.

As a global network node and co-location centre Thameside provided global IP backbone access of up to 10 Gbps for roughly 40,000 100 Mbps Ethernet services. It also supplied direct access to all United Kingdom national and international cable heads, connecting tens of thousands of IP data and voice users around the world via cable networks to Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.

The relocation of tens of thousands of users' network connectivity was an immense project that has taken just over two years to complete. A team of more than a hundred people were a part of the 24 hour-a-day, two-year long operation to close Thameside, migrating all services and closing all voice, IP and data, hosting; and access platforms located in the site. All electronic equipment was disposed of according to WEEE regulations and, wherever possible, the equipment removed from the site was repurposed in other locations or recycled.

The various services provided by Thameside have been successfully dispersed to other C&W Worldwide locations with the satellite capability moved to Whitehill Earth Station in Oxfordshire and a new ecologically friendly network site, built with low-carbon efficiency in mind, even boasting a living roof that provides insulation, attracts local wildlife, creates an appealing facade for the surroundings and helps C&W Worldwide realise even more carbon savings.

Redknee to Acquire Nimbus for EUR 11 Million

Redknee Solutions, which supplies converged billing, real-time charging, rating and personalization systmes for Service Providers, will acquire privately-held Spanish-based Nimbus Systems for EUR 11.25 million.

Established in 2001, Nimbus Systems has been engaged in analysis, control and management solutions, with a particular focus on customer relationship management systems and billing, rating and partner relationship management. Nimbus Systems currently supports more than 10 customers, including group operators Telefonica and Telia Sonera, and non-telecommunications clients, such as Santander, Spain's largest bank, and First Data, one of the world's leading transaction credit and loyalty card infrastructure companies. Following the acquisition, Nimbus Systems' customers and employees will be integrated into Redknee's existing business with a view to leveraging Nimbus Systems' customer base, partner network and employees.

Redknee said the acquisition of Nimbus Systems will further strengthen its operating model and market share, particularly in global group operators, including Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone, while providing future opportunities to expand into the Latin American markets. Redknee is based in Toronto.

Alcatel-Lucent Sees Improving Market Conditions

Citing improved overall market conditions and growing traction for its products, Alcatel-Lucent reported quarterly revenues of Euro 3.813 billion, up 17.4% sequentially, and down 2.4% year-over-year. The company said it is preparing for a strong second half of the year, backed with a growing order book, and confirmed its financial outlook for the year.
The demand for telecommunications equipment and related services is recovering due to booming data traffic and the need to increase network efficiency, however Alcatel-Lucent noted that its supply chain is still experiencing capacity constraints. Adjusted operating income was Euro 28 million or 0.7% of revenue.

"I am pleased with the continuing progress in our transformation journey, illustrated in the second quarter both by the top line and profitability. Revenues for the quarter reflect the on-going and expected overall improvement in market conditions and the good traction of our product portfolio. This is notably highlighted by the good performance in IP and wireless and, from a geographic standpoint, by strong growth in North America. The quarter also saw strategic and major wins with our selection by the NBN Company as a supplier for the Australian nationwide superfast broadband network rollout and by the ACE consortium to deploy a submarine optical link between Europe and Africa. And I am proud to announce that Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by AT&T as one of its Domain Suppliers for IP/MPLS/EPC equipment," stated Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent's CEO.

Some highlights:

  • Networks segment were Euro 2.304 billion, a decrease of 3.4% compared to Euro 2.384 billion in the year-ago quarter and an increase of 19.5% compared to Euro 1.928 billion in the first quarter 2010.

  • Revenues for the IP division were Euro 318 million, an increase of 11.2% from the year ago quarter, with near 30% growth from the year ago quarter in IP/MPLS service routers revenue reflecting continued strong momentum in North America and EMEA.

  • Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by AT&T as one of its Domain Suppliers for IP/MPLS/Ethernet/EPC equipment and consistent with that selection, the group has been awarded a multi-year project related to AT&T's cell site backhaul infrastructure.

  • Revenues for the Optics division were Euro 622 million, a decrease of 14.6% from the year ago quarter. However, the company said terrestrial optics witnessed significant sequential increase and declined year-over-year at a lower rate than in Q1 2010 driven by strong growth in the WDM segment associated with the success of a new platform and the growing market demand, particularly in North America and Asia Pacific.

  • Alcatel-Lucent's next-generation terrestrial optics portfolio, including packet optical and microwave products, continues to gain traction, with the first commercially available solution to carry a single carrier 100G signal using Next-Generation Coherent technology.

  • After sustained strong growth in 2009, the submarine business declined at a double digit rate as some large projects have been completed or are near completion, while recent contracts have not yet started generating revenues and decisions on some other expected projects have been delayed. New major contracts include undersea networks linking Africa and Europe, and the Canary Islands and Spain.

  • Revenues for the Wireless division were Euro 1.021 billion, an increase of 5.0% from the year ago quarter. The WCDMA business was the key driver of that increase with another quarter of near 50% year-over-year growth driven primarily by the North American market. A very strong sequential increase in the CDMA business reflected spending to accommodate data traffic growth on 3G CDMA (EV-DO) networks, and the year-over-year decline in our GSM business eased to a single digit rate. During the quarter, Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile completed the first high-definition video call over a TD-LTE network at the Shanghai World Expo and was selected as the sole equipment provider for China Telecom's CDMA/EV-DO Rev. B network at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

  • Revenues for the Wireline division were Euro 366 million, a decrease of 13.7% from the year ago quarter. Although the wireline decrease reflects ongoing spending cuts on legacy technologies, including core switching and ADSL, Alcatel-Lucent is deploying new technologies, including VDSL2 and pair bonding, with carriers like AT&T to extend the reach of their existing copper access infrastructure. In next-generation fiber-based access, sales grew significantly and the company was selected as a strategic supplier for the rollout of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) and will provide GPON and Carrier Ethernet aggregation equipment, as well as engineering and integration services. Alcatel-Lucent was also selected by both China Mobile and China Telecom to deploy its PON-based solutions.

  • Applications revenues grew at a low single-digit rate with enterprise solutions & Genesys stable. Services revenues declined at a mid single digit rate.

  • From a geographic standpoint, traction was strong in North America with a double digit rate of growth and an improved trend in Rest of the World with a much smaller decline in revenues than in the first quarter. The sales decline in Europe remained in the high single digit range. Finally, Asia Pacific witnessed a double digit rate decline due to low activity in China, partly offset by significant growth in India.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

IP Infusion Moves Ahead with MPLS-TP

IP Infusion is preparing to add MPLS-TP (MPLS-Transport Profile) functionality to its ZebOS Network Platform software, which is widely used by network equipment manufacturers. The forthcoming MPLS-TP specification, which is expected to be finalized next year, will enable carriers to extend their core IP/MPLS network to the edge of mobile networks. MPLS-TP will enable automated maintenance, administration, provisioning and bandwidth management functions in the mobile aggregation network.

IP Infusion said its ZebOS MPLS-TP will preserve the operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) and management characteristics allowing a full end-to-end integration with existing and future IP/MPLS infrastructures. By using IP/MPLS and MPLS-TP from ZebOS, OEMs will be able to provide a consistent way of provisioning, troubleshooting and managing the networks from edge to edge.

MPLS-TP has been engineered specifically for transport networks. It is a reliable connection-oriented, packet-switched transport layer technology that is aligned with existing circuit-switched transport networking. MPLS-TP overlays on existing MPLS networks to provide:

  • Standardized control plane functionality

  • Advanced Quality of Service (QoS)

  • End-to-end Operation, Administration and Maintenance (OAM)

  • Reduced network equipment footprint

  • OAM monitors and drives protection switching

  • Support for existing management processes and work procedures

Initially, IP Infusion will be supporting MPLS-TP static capabilities. This will be updated to full MPLS-TP capabilities as the specification is completed.

IP Infusion has also added support for G MPLS to ZebOS, which can be used as a dynamic control plane with MPLS-TP so that the network sets up Label Switching Paths (LSPs) and PseudoWires (PWEs). GMPLS is based on the TE extensions to MPLS (MPLS-TE). It may also be used to set up the OAM function and define recovery mechanisms.

IBM Acquires Storwize for Real-time Data Compression

IBM will acquire Storwize, a privately held developer of real-time data compression technology. Storwize can compress primary data, or data that clients are actively using, of multiple types -- from files to virtualization images to databases -- in real-time while maintaining performance. This is in contrast to other storage compression technologies that only compress secondary or backup data. The companies claim the technology can reduce physical storage requirements by up to 80% Financial terms were not disclosed.

Storwize , which is based in Marlborough, MA, claims over one hundred customers, such as Mobileye, Polycom Israel, Shopzilla, Inc. and Sumitomo Mitsui Construction.

Dell'Oro: WLAN Market to Exceed $7 Billion by 2014

Overall WLAN market revenues are expected to surpass $7 billion by 2014, according to a newly released market forecast report by Dell'Oro Group. The enterprise segment and the small office, home office segments will account for a majority of that growth, with enterprise revenues expected to expand more than 100 percent over 2009.

"The proliferation of Wi-Fi enabled devices and users' desire for constant access are fundamentally changing how network administrators accommodate the devices," said Loren Shalinsky, Senior Analyst of Wireless LAN research at Dell'Oro Group. IT departments actively seek ways to allow these mobile users to connect to the network, regardless of which client device is used, increasing the requirements for wireless networks. Previously, IT departments often only allowed corporate owned or approved devices to connect. "The increase in the number of Wi-Fi enabled devices will contribute to growth in all three WLAN market segments, as mobile users want access to the same information, regardless of where they are located. US Government spending, through programs like the Smart Grid Investment grants, the Broadband Investment Program, and the E-rate program also will contribute to WLAN growth," added Shalinsky.

SF Bay Area to Build Public Safety 700 MHz LTE Net with Motorola

Public Safety Agencies within the San Francisco Bay Area have selected Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Solutions
to build a 700 MHz LTE system.

As part of the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) plan, the system will serve multiple agencies across the greater bay area, including San Francisco, Alameda County/Oakland, Contra Costa County, as well as the cities of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. This broadband system provides an overlay to the existing Project 25 standards based IP cores and networks.

The Public Safety LTE system will be installed this year and is expected to be operational in early 2011. This first phase includes an LTE core, 10 sites and 330 Motorola Public Safety LTE user modems to provide Bay Area responders access to a host of media rich applications delivered over the new broadband network for increased public safety information sharing.

"This agreement represents a first step in realizing the BayRICS vision for a unified, state-of-the-art, mission critical voice and broadband multimedia network," said Laura Phillips, general manager of the Bay Area UASI. "Combining a Public Safety hardened LTE overlay network with our Project 25 voice and data networks, we have the opportunity to equip our first responders with the advanced communications tools they need to better protect themselves and our communities."

Boeing Completes Acquisition of Narus

Boeing completed its previously announced acquisition of Narus, a leading provider of real-time network traffic and analytics software used to protect against cyber attacks and persistent threats aimed at large IP networks. Its NarusInsight system provides deep insight into multiple layers of IP network traffic in real time, enabling applications such as network cyber protection, traffic and application monitoring and capture for legal intercept, and traffic management via policy enforcement.

At the time the deal was announced, Boeing said the acquisition follows a successful partnership with Narus and advances its strategy to offer world-class, scalable, state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola Reports Improving Financials

Motorola reported Q2 2010 sales of $5.4 billion and GAAP earnings of $162 million, or $0.07 per share, which compares to GAAP earnings of $26 million, or $0.01 per share, in the second quarter of 2009. Motorola generated positive operating cash flow of $242 million, reduced long-term debt through a $500 million tender offer and ended the quarter with a total cash position of $8.3 billion. For Q3, Motorola expects earnings will range from $0.10 to $0.12 per share.

Mobile Devices segment sales were $1.7 billion, down 6 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $87 million, which included income from a significant legal settlement of $228 million, compared to an operating loss of $287 million in the year-ago quarter. The non-GAAP operating loss was $109 million, compared to an operating loss of $239 million in the year-ago quarter.

Home segment sales were $886 million, down 13 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $29 million, compared to $18 million in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $57 million, compared to $49 million in the year-ago quarter.

Enterprise Mobility Solutions segment sales were $1.9 billion, up 10 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $181 million, compared to operating earnings of $141 million in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $292 million, compared to $225 million in the year-ago quarter.

Networks segment sales were $967 million, down 2 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $178 million, compared to $92 million in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $191 million, compared to $147 million in the year-ago quarter.

France Telecom Reaches 182 million Customers Accesses

The France Telecom Group reported consolidated revenues of 22.144 billion euros for the first half of 2010, down 2.2% on a comparable basis. EBITDA was 7.745 billion euros for a margin of 35.0%, with the erosion limited to 0.9 points on a comparable basis. The company confirmed its ambition for organic cash-flow generation for 2010 and 2011.

Capital expenditure was 2.114 billion euros in the first half, for a CAPEX rate of 9.5% of revenues
organic cash flow of 3.989 billion euros in the first half of 2010.

Some highlights:

  • A total year-on-year increase in the customer base of 3.8%, with 182 million customers at 30 June 2010

  • There was a 6.6% growth in the mobile customer base to 123.1 million customers at 30 June 2010, driven by Africa and the Middle East with a combined total of 34.0 million customers at 30 June 2010, an increase of 18.4% year on year.

  • There was a 2.2% growth in ADSL broadband subscribers (13.2 million customers) and rapid growth of digital TV with 3.6 million subscribers at 30 June 2010, a year-on-year increase of 34%

  • In France, broadband ARPU grew by 4.6% to 36.6 euros per month. The company's Pay TV customer base reached 1,687,000 vs 1,619,000 at the end of March 2010. Orange Cinema Series + Orange Sport had about 752,000 subs.

  • The company experienced stable first half 2010 revenues compared with the first half of 2009 excluding the effects of regulation, an improvement after the 0.9% downturn recorded in the second half of 2009:

  • There was a very strong growth of 8.0% in Africa and the Middle East driven mainly by the 29% increase from new operations.

  • Growth of operations in France (+0.3%, including +4.0% growth in mobile services), Spain (+2.5%, including +3.7% growth in mobile services), Poland (an improvement of 1.8 points to -3.4%, following -5.2% in the second half of 2009) and the other European countries (+0.9%), led by Belgium.

  • France Telecom will propose a dividend of €1.40 per share for the fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012, subject to a vote in favour of these payments by shareholders at the relevant Annual General Meetings.

BT Revenue Declines as Profit Increases

BT Group reported quarterly revenue of £5,006 million, down 4%, and adjusted EBITDA of £1,399 million, up 6%, as total group operating costs, before specific items, decreased by 6% to £4,424m, primarily due to reductions
in total labour costs and the delivery of other cost savings by all lines of business. Adjusted profit before tax was £446 million, up 17%.

"We have made an acceptable start to the year, delivering improved financial results while investing in the future of the business. In TV we are offering great value premium sports packages and can now compete on a more even playing field. We hit the first major milestone in our fibre roll out, passing over 1.5m premises, and we are now running at an average rate of around 100,000 premises passed every week. In BT Global Services we continue to win significant contracts due to our ability to deliver a world class service to our customers," stated Ian Livingston, Chief Executive.

For BT Retail, revenue decreased by 7%. This decline was largely due to the ongoing reduction in calls and lines revenue. Excluding the one-off revenue benefit last year, our Consumer revenues were down 6%. Business revenues were down 4%. Consumer ARPU increased to £314, up £5 over the previous quarter, principally due to increasing take up of broadband. Broadband net additions were 96,000 in the quarter and BT's retail market share was 40%. Since the launch in January of BT's "Infinity" fibre based broadband service has seen order levels accelerate.

For BT Wholesale, revenue declined by 10%. Excluding the £44m reduction in low margin transit revenue, primarily due to mobile termination rate reductions, revenue declined by 2%. This decline reflected in part continued reductions in broadband and circuits revenue of £69m. Managed network services (MNS) revenue grew by 19% to £199m and now represents 24% of external revenue (Q1 2009/10: 19%). 42% of external revenue is now underpinned by long term contracts (Q1 2009/10: 34%).

For Openreach, revenue declined by 8%. Growth in Ethernet volumes stimulated by lower prices and other connection revenues offset the continued migration from WLR to lower priced MPF. Net operating costs reduced by 17% partly due to changes in the internal trading model offsetting the revenue decline and lower leaver costs. Capital expenditure increased by 16% due to the increased investment in the fibre roll.

AT&T Selects Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, and Juniper for IP/MPLS/Ethernet/EPC Domain

AT&T has selected Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, and Juniper Networks as its Domain Suppliers for IP/MPLS/Ethernet/Evolved Packet Core equipment needed for its industry-leading IP-based network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"After conducting an extensive review of multiple IP/MPLS/Ethernet/Evolved Packet Core equipment suppliers, we're pleased to extend long-standing relationships with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, and Juniper Networks," said Tim Harden, President of AT&T's Supply Chain and Fleet Operations organization. "AT&T's selection of these three industry-leading suppliers as Domain Suppliers showcases our ongoing commitment to meet the quality expectations of our customers today, while preparing for the demands of tomorrow."

AT&T said its Domain Supplier program, launched in September 2009, facilitates a more collaborative relationship with its equipment and software suppliers. The company noted that its network carries 18.7 petabytes of IP and data traffic on an average business day, the equivalent of transporting the entire digitized Library of Congress more than 250 times. This traffic volume has doubled over the last four years. The network includes more than 880,000 route miles of fiber-optic cable.

AT&T in January announced total 2010 capital expenditures are expected to be between $18 billion and $19 billion, a level framed by the expectation that regulatory and legislative decisions relating to the telecom sector will continue to be sensitive to investment.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Portugal Telecom Selects Alcatel-Lucent's HLN Strategy

Portugal Telecom has awarded a three-year agreement to Alcatel-Lucent to extend the capacity of its IP/MPLS network to support existing and new services to its growing customer base. PT will evolve its converged IP/MPLS network based on Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture.

The architecture will leverage an all-IP network layered with embedded intelligence and application awareness that improves the end-users experience as well as PT's ability to bring new services to market more efficiently. The platform will also enable Portugal Telecom to implement 100 Gigabit Ethernet, L2/L3 mobile backhaul and IPv6 services.

Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent will enhance PT's use of the 7750 Service Router, managed by the 5620 Service Aware Manager, to become the converged service edge for consumer Internet, IPTV and VoIP services, Carrier Ethernet VPNs services for enterprises and mobile backhaul services. The new, distributed architecture locates the IP service edge functionality at the edge of networks, close to subscribers, providing a significant increase in bandwidth per subscriber.