Sunday, November 7, 2010

Denmark's TDC Picks Ericsson for LTE

Denmark's TDC has chosen Ericsson for its LTE deployment. Under the deal, Ericsson will roll out a complete 4G/LTE solution - including radio access and core network equipment - as well as managed services. This is Ericsson's first full-scope managed service contract for an LTE/Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network. The contract includes radio access network with RBS 6000 series, a complete Evolved Packet Core solution as well as the full scope of managed services. The roll out of the network starts immediately.

Ericsson noted that this contract represents its seventh LTE contract with a major global operator.

Aviat Supplies WiMAX in Nigeria

Aviat Networks announced a contract to supply its StarMAX WiMAX Broadband system, including base stations, Wireless Services Gateway (WSG) and end-user devices, to Direct On PC Limited, the leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) in West Africa. The network is to provide broadband services to underserved areas of Nigeria. The wireless infrastructure equipment and services contract includes approximately 200 base station locations. Initially, this equipment will be deployed throughout Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria and second largest in Africa. Subsequent installations will occur in Abuja, the national capital, and Port Harcourt, the primary Nigerian port and also one of Nigeria's largest cities.

DragonWave Trims Q3 Guidance

DragonWave expects that some of its revenue previously anticipated in its third quarter will now be delayed, and it is as a result revising its revenue guidance for its third quarter ending November 30, 2010 to US$ 27 million. The company said the update was due to cash conservation measures recently adopted by its largest customer.

Choice Communications Picks Dragonwave for Backhaul in Virgin Islands

Choice Communications, which serves the U.S. Virgin Islands, has selected DragonWave to provide high-capacity, cost effective, next generation wireless backhaul for its converged mobile services network. The DragonWave Horizon products will be used for both cell site backhaul and as an alternative to submarine fiber-optic cable interconnection between the three U.S. Virgin Islands. Future Technologies served as the turn-key integration partner for the project. Choice is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (ATN).

Calix Extends its Fiber-Forward Access Portfolio

Calix is expanding its Fiber-Forward access portfolio with the introduction of its E7-20 multi-terabit Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), a high capacity, low latency, all-fiber access concentrator offering 2 Tbps of switching capacity -- sufficient for delivering hundreds, even thousands, of megabits per second (Mbps) of high-bandwidth, video-rich content to residential or business subscribers. The new platform, which is positioned as a complement to Calix's widely deployed E7-2 modular ESAP, is focused exclusively on Ethernet-based fiber access services deployed in high density and high capacity environments. Calix also introduced a sealed Ethernet Service Access Node (ESAN) focused on VDSL2 copper services deployment in low density and remote areas. T

The new E7-20 ESAP is a 13-u, 20-slot chassis initially supporting GPON, Active Ethernet (AE), and point-to-point gigabit Ethernet (GE) services on the subscriber side and multiple 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GE) transport services on the network side. The 2 Tbps capacity enables 100 Gbps to each of its 20 universal line card slots. This enables the platform to support emerging technologies such as 10G PON, 10 Gbps Ethernet (10GE) aggregation, and 100 Gbps Ethernet (100GE) uplinks.

Each E7-20 will be capable of serving up to 480 dedicated AE subscribers or 5,120 GPON subscribers -- with sufficient headroom to accommodate more than 20,000 subscribers through the introduction of higher density and higher capacity line cards in the future. It offers full support for standards-based Ethernet ring protection switching (ERPS) and rapid spanning tree protocol (RSTP), as well as 10GE uplinks and link aggregation. Initially, the platform will come to market with three line cards supporting and array of fiber access services:

  • SCP-10GE -- A switch control processor, this card has four GE SFP ports and two 10GE ports that support both SFP+ and XFP, as well as a 100 Gbps switching capacity.

  • GE-24x -- Focused on AE and point-to-point Ethernet services, this card provides 12 compact SFP ports, supporting 24 GE ports.

  • GPON-4x -- Focused on GPON, this cards has four GPON ports, which in turn can support up to 256 subscribers with a 64:1 split.

Trials of the E7-20 are expected in the first part of 2011.

"We fundamentally believe that the access network of the future will be dominated by bandwidth intensive, unicast video traffic, and that the ideal medium for carrying this traffic is fiber," said Kevin Pope, senior vice president of product development at Calix. "A new generation of access platforms is necessary to address the realities of this future head-on, and that is the inspiration behind the development of the E7 Ethernet Service Access Platforms. We believe that the E7-20 is the first access platform developed and optimized purely for this new ‘all-video' and ‘all-fiber' world -- a world dominated by GPON and Active Ethernet today, but which we believe will require even more advanced and higher capacity technologies tomorrow."

On the copper side, Calix's new e E3-48 is a sealed ESAN VDSL2 delivery vehicle that supports AC and -48VDC powering, and can be easily installed virtually anywhere in the access network -- on poles, on walls, in low profile "dog house" enclosures, or even in the basements of multi-dwelling units (MDUs). Additionally, the E3-48 is fiber-fed, supporting up to two standards-based 10GE/1GE uplinks and four GE/2.5GE uplinks.

Clearwire Implements BridgeWave's 80 GHz Gigabit Backhaul in NYC

Clearwire has deployed BridgeWave Communications' gigabit radios in its CLEAR network in New York City. BridgeWave's 80 GHz links have also been deployed in several key Northeastern Clearwire markets including Boston, Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Pittsburgh.htttp://

AppliedMicro Debuts 100G OTN Devices

AppliedMicro introduced a family of 100 Gbps optical network processors for the Packet-Optical Transport System (P-OTS) and IP-over-DWDM transport markets.

Leveraging SoftSilicon programmable technology developed by TPack, the new devices support the recently-adopted 100GE (IEEE ) and OTU4 (ITU-T) interface standards. The first two new devices in the family, TPOT414 and TPOT424, are 100G transponders for metro/core OTN and packet networks. The devices interface directly to CFP or MSA-168 type optical modules for standalone transponder applications or for line cards in larger systems.

AppliedMicro said its SoftSilicon technology enables the same device to be configured to run as an 100GE-OTU4 transponder or as an OTU4-OTU4 transponder. The soft approach also enables flexibility as specs are updated.

"With products offering 100G capacity, network operators will be able to take advantage of recent standards to deploy new equipment that significantly expands capacity for optical transport networks," said Colin Macnab, President of AppliedMicro TPACK A/S. "The SoftSilicon programmable technology of TPOT414 and TPOT424 reduces the 100G adoption risk while providing customers with the ability to change and add functionality in the field. For telecom equipment manufacturers, these products lower the development costs of deploying next-generation services."
  • Earlier this year, AppliedMicro acquired TPACK A/S, a developer of programmable chip solutions for packet transport networks, for $32 million in cash plus up to $5 million in cash earn-outs depending on performance milestones over the next eighteen months. TPACK, which is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, developed a "SOFTSILICON" solution implemented in Altera FPGA devices. The SOFTSILICON products are used in 10, 40 and 100 Gbps OTN switching and routing network equipment. Its silicon intellectual property (IP) for mapping and switching functions enable rapid time-to-market for Optical Transport Network (OTN) and Carrier Ethernet markets. Carrier Ethernet, in particular, has become TPACK's speciality whether it is transported over Ethernet, MPLS, VPLS, PWE3, PBT/PBB-TE, T-MPLS, SONET/SDH, PDH or OTN.

Hariri Sentenced to 18 Month in Jail for Insider Trading

Ali Hariri, a former executive at Atheros Communications, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his role in the largest hedge fund insider trading case in history. Hariri also drew a two-year term of supervised release and a $50,000 fine.

In his guilty plea, Hariri confessed to passing nonpublic information ("inside information") relating to Atheros to Ali Far, a hedge fund manager, for the purpose of executing profitable securities transactions. In exchange for inside information regarding Atheros, Far provided Hariri with tips to buy and sell the stocks of other technology companies. Hariri also pled guilty to substantive securities fraud.

Google Offers Free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi for the Holidays

For the second year in a row, Google will be offering free Wi-Fi to travelers in the U.S. Google is teaming up with AirTran, Delta and Virgin America to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi on every domestic flight from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011.

RADWIN Intros Radios for 3.4-3.7 GHz Spectrum

RADWIN is introducing a new range of Point-to-Point and Multiple Point-to-Point systems that will operate in the licensed 3.4-3.7 GHz spectrum. The latest addition to the RADWIN 2000 portfolio will enable service providers holding 3.x GHz licenses to deliver dedicated high-capacity connectivity to corporate clients and backhaul data for long distances. RADWIN 2000 3.x GHz solutions deliver up to 200 Mbps and up to 16 E1s/T1s at ranges of up to 120 Km/75 miles and comply with FCC, IC and ETSI regulations.

Novatel Wireless Expands into M2M with Enfora Acquisition

Novatel Wireless agreed to acquire Enfora, Inc., a privately-held developer of machine-to-machine (M2M) intelligent asset-management solutions, for approximately US$64.5 million in cash at closing, subject to certain working capital adjustments, and possible additional payouts of up to $6 million depending on performance targets.

Enfora's product portfolio consists of smart M2M solutions -- embedded platforms, integrated platforms, and embedded software -- based on a distributed intelligent and customizable architecture that provides a valuable link between an enterprise and its remote assets. The company had revenues of US$61.3 million during the 12 month period ended September 30, 2010, with gross margins of approximately 36 percent. Enfora was founded in 1999 and is based in Richardson, Texas .

This acquisition creates a market leader in wireless data selling into all end markets: enterprise, consumer and vertical markets," said Peter Leparulo, Chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless. "This acquisition expands our addressable market, broadens our range of complementary products, diversifies our customer base and enhances operating leverage. It will also strengthen our competitive position by leveraging our combined research and development talent and customer relationships. Enfora, more than any other company providing M2M data communications, is focused on adding value with customized software and services and fits with our business strategy of combining hardware and software into integrated solutions."

Enfora will operate as a Novatel Wireless business unit.

Novatel Wireless supplies 3G and 4G Intelligent Mobile Hotspot products, software, USB modems and embedded modules. The company is based in San Diego.

Integra Telecom Will Not Oppose CenturyLink + Qwest Merger

CenturyLink and Qwest Communications reached an agreement on wholesale conditions with Integra Telecom that resolves concerns Integra raised about the companies' pending merger in some states where Qwest operates. As a result of the agreement, Integra says the CenturyLink-Qwest merger is in the public interest, and it will no longer oppose the transaction in state and federal proceedings.

"Since the CenturyLink and Qwest merger announcement, we have met with Integra as well as other competitive local exchange companies (CLECs) to address their concerns," said Bill Cheek, president of CenturyLink Wholesale Operations. "We are pleased to have addressed Integra's concerns and reached this agreement. As a significant interconnecting network customer of Qwest, it is important that both Integra and CenturyLink forge an effective working relationship that will carry forward post-merger closing. This agreement accomplishes that goal. CenturyLink has a proven track record of successfully integrating companies and providing high-quality, value-added services to customers. We have well-established integration processes that ensure all systems, employee skill sets and operational issues are executed seamlessly and efficiently for all customer segments—including CLECs."

"After extensive negotiations over the last month, we are pleased to have arrived at an agreement that resolves all of our issues with the merger," said Dudley Slater, chief executive officer of Integra Telecom. "This addresses the concerns we had regarding the potential risks the merger posed and from our perspective, the merger is in the public interest and should be approved."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Boingo Signs WiFi Roaming Deal with China Telecom

Boingo Wireless announced a network roaming agreement with China Telecom, enabling its users to access hotspots all across China.

Boingo customers can get online immediately at all China Telecom Wi-Fi hotspots, which include airports, hotels, restaurants and transportation facilities in over 300 major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Xiamen, Chengdu, Dalian, Kunming, Qingdao, Chongqing and Xi'an. Popular locations include airports, Howard Johnson and Holiday Inn hotels, KFC, McDonald's and Starbucks caf├ęs.

The partnership with China Telecom brings Boingo's total hotspot count to over 185,000 locations globally.

NETGEAR to Resell Extreme Networks' BlackDiamond 8800 Switches

Extreme Networks announced an OEM relationship enabling NETGEAR to resell its chassis-based network requirements for midsized business and education markets. NETGEAR will add customized Extreme Networks BlackDiamond® 8800 modular switches to its portfolio of smart networking solutions. The relationship is a multi-year agreement through 2013 and shipments are expected to start early in calendar year 2011.

Shane Buckley, SVP and GM of NETGEAR's SMB Business Unit. "NETGEAR's network infrastructure offerings now reach from the network edge to the core, delivering a complete suite for the midsized enterprise."

Pace Acquires Latens -- Combining STBs with Conditional Access

Pace, which supplies set top boxes and advanced residential gateways, has acquired Latens Systems, which offers Conditional Access (CA)/DRM solutions. Latens will continue to operate as an independent unit. Latens headquarters are in the UK Belfast, Northern Ireland, with offices in Hyderabad, India and Atlanta, Georgia.

Pace is based in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK and employs over 1,000 people in locations around the world.
  • In October, Pace completed its acquisition of 2Wire, a deal that was valued at $475 million minus cash on hand. 2Wire supplies residential gateways and multi-service IPTV STBs. The company's key customers include AT&T for its U-verse rollout, as well as Bell Canada, Telmex, BT, SingTel, and others.

John Chambers: High Tax on Repatriated Earnings Discourages Investment

U.S. tax policy on corporate profits earned abroad discourages companies such as Cisco from bringing back these resources and investing them in U.S. jobs or R&D spending, writes Cisco CEO John Chambers. He notes that incremental tax rates for U.S. corporations can be as high as 35% on money made overseas and that this high taxation of repatriated foreign earnings is in marked contrast to the tax practices of almost all of the world's major economies —- Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Canada, Russia, and the Netherlands, to name a few. His blog posting is online.

WSJ: Sprint Excludes Huawei and ZTE on Security Concerns

The Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint has decided to exclude Huawei Technologies and ZTE from potentially lucrative supply contracts on national security grounds. The article claims that senior Obama administration officials, including Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Pentagon officials, recently discussed their national security concerns with Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. None of the companies were quoted directly for the article.
  • In August, a group of eight U.S. senators openly published a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper in they raised their concern about Huawei Technologies as a potential supplier to Sprint Nextel. Specifically, the senators claimed that Huawei maintains close ties with China's military and poses a national security risk to the United States. The senators also cite Huawei's sales activity in Iran, intellectual property concerns, and financial support from the Chinese government.

  • In response, Huawei then circulated a letter to the media in which it static that it is an employee-owned private company with no ownership stake by the Chinese government or the military. Huawei further asserted that it has a good intellectual property record and that it abides by the law in all of the territories in which it operates.

Windstream Builds Data Center Bulk with Acquisition of Hosted Solutions

Windstream will acquire Hosted Solutions Acquisition, LLC (Hosted Solutions) in an all-cash transaction valued at $310 million. The deal will expand Windstream's business offerings, increasing the scale and scope of its data centers by adding five state-of-the-art SAS 70 Type II certified data centers in Raleigh, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C., and Boston with a total of 68,000 square feet of data center capacity. As a result, Windstream will have a combined total of 12 data centers across the country.

Hosted Solutions is a leading regional data center and managed hosting provider focused on enterprise-class Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions (managed hosting, managed services, colocation, cloud computing and bandwidth) for small and medium-sized business customers as well as large enterprises. The company serves more than 600 customers, has approximately 125 employees, and is based in Raleigh, N.C.

"Data center space is increasingly in demand among our existing business customers," said Jeff Gardner, president and chief executive officer of Windstream. "Hosted Solutions is an excellent complement to our existing enterprise service portfolio. For the past decade, they have been delivering highly complex managed hosting solutions to customers of various sizes. In addition, they have a proven track record of growing revenue and generating significant free cash flow."

Separately, Windstream reported Q3 2010 revenues of $966 million, a 32 percent increase from a year ago. Net income was $85 million, a 7 percent increase from a year ago, or 18 cents of diluted earnings per share.

Some key metrics:

  • Windstream added approximately 15,700 new high-speed Internet customers during the third quarter, bringing its total customer base to approximately 1.29 million - an increase of 8 percent year-over-year. Overall broadband penetration is now 42 percent of total voice lines and 60 percent of primary residential lines.

  • Windstream also added more than 13,000 digital TV customers in the quarter, bringing its total customer base to approximately 433,000, or 22 percent penetration of primary residential lines.

  • Total access lines declined by approximately 30,700, resulting in a year-over-year decline of 3.7 percent. Total lines at the end of the quarter were 3.3 million.

  • In the business channel, advanced data and integrated solutions, which are largely connections providing both voice and data services, increased 1 percent year-over-year. Special access circuits were up 5 percent year-over-year due to increased bandwidth demand from wireless carriers.
  • In June 2010, Windstream completed its acquisition of Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $1.2 billion. As of March 31, 2010, Iowa Telecom provided service to approximately 249,000 access lines, 96,000 high-speed Internet customers and 27,500 digital TV customers in Iowa and Minnesota.