Sunday, September 12, 2010

Neutral Tandem Deploys ADVA in NYC

Neutral Tandem has deployed ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 DWDM platform to connect three important network nodes located at 75 Broad Street, 32 Avenue of the Americas and 60 Hudson in New York City. An existing SONET OC-48 system was rolled onto the FSP 3000 platform in this 100-km three-node ring. Neutral Tandem now has the capacity for up to 40 separate 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) circuits between each of the three locations. Neutral Tandem customers are already utilizing the network at both 1 GbE and 10 GbE rates. The additional capacity is expected to be utilized by customers of Neutral Tandem's Ethernet eXchange service offering.

Vitesse Optimizes Ethernet Transceivers for Mobile Backhaul

Vitesse Semiconductor introduced a version of its SimpliPHY Quad PHY-layer device that is optimized for wireless base stations and mobile backhaul, which require timing synchronization across links.

The VSC8662, like the company's other EcoEthernet PHY-layer devices, supports AutoMedia Sense to detect and configure ports for fiber or copper; and ActiPHY power saving mode, which reduces power on inactive ports by up to 80-percent from a bidirectional full-speed mode.

HP to Acquire ArcSight for Security and Compliance

HP announced plans to acquire ArcSight, a provider of network security and compliance management company, in a deal valued at $1.5 billion.

ArcSight, which is based in Cupertino, California, provides a platform for gaining visibility and critical insights into IT infrastructure across all users, networks, data centers and applications. The company has over 1,000 corporate and government customers.

"From a security perspective, the perimeter of today's enterprise is porous, putting enormous pressure on clients' risk and compliance systems," said Bill Veghte, executive vice president, Software and Solutions, HP. "The combination of HP and ArcSight will provide clients with the ability to fortify their applications, proactively monitor events and respond to threats."

Sprint and Grid Net Eye Smart Meter over WiMAX

Sprint is working with Grid Net to connect smart meters and smart grid routers via the Sprint 4G network.

Grid Net software platforms are designed to integrate substation automation, distribution automation, smart meters, demand response, and load management with electric vehicles, buildings, and homes to increase grid reliability, energy efficiency, renewable energy use, and customer satisfaction while reducing capital and operating costs.

"This collaboration with Grid Net underscores our commitment to developing the smart grid," said Wayne Ward, vice president of the Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint.

mimoOn Cites Gain in LTE PHY Software

mimoOn GmbH announced a further licensing deal for its LTE Physical Layer (PHY) software from a leading chip vendor. The company said it is now supplying the majority of SDR chip vendors in the mobile terminals business.

mi!MobilePHY is a complete 3GPP (Release 8) software stack supporting FDD and TDD. It's implemented in C and designed for programmable system-on-chip platforms.

ADTRAN Adds Active Ethernet FTTP

ADTRAN has added an advanced Active Ethernet solution to its Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) offering, allowing operators to deploy point-to-point fiber infrastructure to provide up to 1 Gbps bidirectional bandwidth per subscriber. ADTRAN already offered a GPON solution.

The Active Ethernet solutions include a new Total Access 5000 Optical Line Terminal (OLT) and an enhanced suite of new Total Access 300 Series Optical Network Terminals (ONTs). The solution uses Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) optics enabling services to be deployed over a single fiber or a pair of fibers at distances of 10, 20, 40 or 80 km. The Total Access 5000 24-port Active Ethernet OLT uses a simplified provisioning model and is fully integrated into the Total Access Element Management System (EMS) for plug-and-play operation, ease of troubleshooting, and complete performance monitoring.

RAD Unveils Carrier Ethernet NTU

RAD Data Communications unveiled a Carrier Ethernet NTU for MEF-certified SLA-enabled Ethernet services. The ETX-203A is based on the company's newly developed EtherAccess Carrier Ethernet ASIC, which the company said enables it to achieve a $400 price point for high-volume orders.

The ETX-203A intelligent demarcation device supports MEF-9 and MEF-14 certified services for EPL and EVPL. RAD's EtherAccess Carrier Ethernet ASIC has hierarchical traffic shaping and policing tools per EVC.cos, a complete standards-based hardware-embedded Ethernet OAM suite for wire speed and highly accurate end-to-end performance monitoring capabilities. Other functionality includes a RFC-2544 test generation engine for efficient throughput measurement, always-on Layer 1, 2 and 3 diagnostic loopbacks to ensure rapid service troubleshooting as well as uplink resiliency and EVC path protection per ITU-T G.8031.

In addition, with the ETX-203A, RAD is offering a licensing based, pay-as-you-grow model, which helps carriers minimize CapEx during initial deployment and upgrade key service parameters as their customers' requirements change.

Chattanooga's EPB Launches 1 Gbps Broadband Service

EPB Fiber Optics, Chattanooga's municipally-owned fiber-to-the-home network, introduced the first 1 Gbps residential broadband service in the U.S. EPB's fiber network passes over 100,000 homes and businesses in the metropolitan Chattanooga and surrounding rural areas.

The 1 Gbps service is priced at $350 per month. EPB also offers 100, 50, and 30 Mbps.

The 1 Gbps symmetrical service is powered by Alcatel-Lucent's GPON technology.

Alcatel-Lucent Expands its GPON Portfolio

Alcatel-Lucent has expanded its portfolio of GPON-based optical network terminals (ONTs) with five new models - supporting the delivery of 1 Gbps services. Alcatel-Lucent's latest ONT models include, amongst others, an HPNA ONT, a "mini" ONT and an MDU ONT.

  • The Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HPNA)-certified ONT supports the delivery of 1Gbps broadband through two gigabit Ethernet ports, and significantly speeds up fiber-to-the-home installation times because the existing home wiring (coax) can be re-used, rather than having to run new CAT5 Ethernet wires.

  • The ‘mini' ONT is slightly larger than a matchbox, and -- as such - one of the smallest ONTs in the marketplace.

  • The multi-dwelling unit (MDU) ONT is unique because it has 16 VDSL2 ports - making it the ideal solution for fiber deployments in existing MDUs, where re-using the existing in-building copper is often the quickest and most cost-effective approach to deliver very high bandwidths to end-users.

Alcatel-Lucent said the market is moving to 1 Gbps access services. The company now has customers on three continents offering 1 Gbps broadband access, including EPB in Chattanooga, Tenn. (U.S.), Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd and ZON Multimedia (Portugal).

PAETEC to Acquire Cavalier/Intellifiber

PAETEC agreed to acquire Cavalier Telephone Corporation in an all-cash $460 million deal that will solidify the company's position as of the largest competitive local communication service providers in the United States.

Cavalier's wholly owned subsidiary, Intellifiber Networks, operates a fiber network spanning nearly 17,000 route miles. It offers scalable network solutions for service provider, enterprise, and government customers including private networks, low latency routing, SONET services, wavelengths, Ethernet, and data options.

Cavalier is a privately held company whose majority owner is M/C Venture Partners, a private equity firm based in Boston. Cavalier is based in Richmond, Virginia.

PAETEC serves over 84 of the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas with an integrated product portfolio.

The combined company would have generated approximately $1.950 billion in revenue and $381 million in adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended June 30, 2010 on a pro forma basis, including $30 million in expected run-rate synergies in year two and annually thereafter.

After the closing of this transaction, PAETEC expects to have a local presence in 86 of the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and a presence in 1,178 collocations, or an increase in collocations of 95% as a result of the acquisition.

"This planned acquisition of Cavalier fits our strategic plan to add both fiber assets and regional density to better serve our customers and realize increased network synergies, both in the local loop and long haul," said Arunas A. Chesonis, chairman and chief executive officer of PAETEC. "Cavalier's fiber infrastructure, network assets and corporate culture make it a perfect match for PAETEC and dramatically strengthen the company in the Eastern United States."

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tellabs Opens Research Lab in Melbourne, Australia

Tellabs announced plans to open an R&D lab in Melbourne, Australia. The company has operated its Australian HQ in Melbourne since 2006.

Extreme Posts Revenue of $84 Million, up 26% YoY

Extreme Networks' net revenue increased 26 percent to $83.8 million for its first quarter of fiscal 2011, ended September 26, 2010. This compares with revenue of $66.3 million in the first quarter of last year. Previously issued guidance to investors was for net revenue of $81-$84 million.

Net income on a GAAP basis for quarter was $2.7 million or $0.03 per diluted share and compares to a net loss on a GAAP basis for the 2010 fiscal first quarter of $5.5 million or $0.06 loss per diluted share. In the 2010 fiscal fourth quarter, net income on a GAAP basis was $3.4 million or $0.04 per diluted share.

For the quarter, total net revenue in North America was $29.5 million, revenue in EMEA was $36.5 million, and revenue in APAC was $17.9 million. That compares to revenue of $36.3 million in North America, $36.8 million in EMEA, and $12.4 million in APAC in the 2010 fiscal fourth quarter.

"Both EMEA and APAC posted solid performance, as we benefited from improvement in orders for Service Providers in EMEA through our Strategic Alliance partners, and we closed large orders in Korea that we had mentioned on our fourth quarter earnings call," said Oscar Rodriguez, President & CEO of Extreme Networks. "While our over-all performance was solid, performance in North America did not meet our expectation, as we believe our decision to make changes in our sales organization affected our ability to execute within the quarter. We believe the changes we are making will result in a stronger North American sales organization."

MASERGY Files For IPO -- Virtualized Network Services

Masergy Communications, which provides managed, secure virtualized network services to enterprises, filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock. BofA Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. will serve as joint book-running managers for the offering, with Stifel Nicolaus Weisel and Pacific Crest Securities LLC acting as co-managers.

Alcatel-Lucent Opens its Velocix CDN Platform to Strategic Partners

Alcatel-Lucent has established a strategic alliance program for its Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform, which is a content delivery network (CDN) solution for service providers. Building an ecosystem helps ensure that service providers can benefit from a range of pre-integrated technology components to accelerate the deployment of multiscreen consumer solutions.

The program seeks to foster collaboration in four main focus areas:

  • Manage -- For Content Management, Ingestion and Encoding

  • Publish -- Players, EPG/UI and Feed Aggregation

  • Monetize -- Ad management, Revenue enablers, Transaction processing

  • Deliver -- Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform provides the delivery capabilities.

Initial members of this alliance program include: 3Crowd, Adobe, Aspera, Blue Coat Systems, Clearleap, Elemental Technologies, Inlet Technologies, Microsoft, RGB Networks, Rights Tracker, thePlatform, and VidZapper.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that this program builds on its multi-industry ng Connect Program, which focuses on the development and rapid deployment of next generation broadband services over LTE.

FCC Chairman Sets "Consumer Empowerment Agenda"

In a speech to the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said focusing on the needs and concerns of consumers has been a top priority of his agenda, along with unleashing spectrum, and driving broadband deployment and adoption, and a thriving broadband ecosystem.

Focusing on consumers is critical because it is one of the FCC's core responsibilities and, he argued, because pro-consumer policies are pro-competition and pro-innovation.

So what is the Consumer Empowerment Agenda? Technology-driven transparency is at the core. This includes:

1. Broadband service transparency -- enabling consumers to know what broadband speeds are promised and actually delivered.

2. Fees and billing transparency -- dealing with "mystery fees" for unauthorized or undesired services on monthly billing statements. Examples include unauthorized data fees for mobile customers who do not have a data plan.

3. Bill Shock -- preventing bills from jumping unexpectedly by tens, hundreds, or thousands of dollars from one month to the next. Common cases are when a subscriber is charged for unknowingly exceeding his or her
allotments for voice, text or data, or gets hit with roaming charges that are unexpected.

The FCC estimates that 30 million Americans have experienced bill shock in one form or another -- that's 1 in 6 mobile subscribers.

4. Early termination fees -- the FCC acknowledges that these can be legitimate but said that too often people are confused and don't have clear information about their choices -- such as whether or not they can buy phones without an ETF.

Vodafone Essar Outsources 3G Network to Nokia Siemens Networks

Vodafone Essar, one of India's leading cellular service providers, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, implement and manage its 3G network in six of the nine circles. Nokia Siemens Networks will provide network planning and project management. It will supply radio and core network technology, and it will also operate the 3G network for three years under a managed services contract. Nokia Siemens Networks will use its own NetAct network management system to monitor and optimize its network performance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ADTRAN Posts Revenue of $162 Million, up 27%

ADTRAN reported Q3 sales of $162.9 million, up 27% over the $128.1 million for the same period last year. Net income increased 49% to $32.1 million.

ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, "During the quarter, we continued to benefit from our positioning with industry growth areas as we experienced increased revenues across all our carrier segments and all our enterprise channels. Increasing demand for high speed residential and enterprise network services coupled with accelerating growth in mobile demand all led to a record revenue performance. Our Broadband Access category led this increase achieving 53% growth over the prior year, setting a new record level. This was followed by our Internetworking category which posted 39% year over year growth, also achieving a record level. We believe the broad based increase in revenue we are seeing demonstrates the success of our strategies to sustain solid, long term growth for our company."

Bloomberg: Clearwire Considers Spectrum Auction for New Funding

Clearwire is considering bids for some of its spectrum in an effort to raise the additional funding needed to complete the buildout of its own network, according to Bloomberg. The report estimates that bids could bring in $2.5 to $5 billion and prospective purchasers include the leading U.S. wireless carriers.