Monday, April 4, 2011

Verizon Customers Hit in Epsilon Data Breach

Verizon has begun informing its customers that their names and email addresses were part of the massive data breach reported by Epsilon, the online marketing firm, late last week. About 50 other leading consumer and financial firms were also victims of the data breach. A full list of companies whose customer data was compromised has not yet announced by Epsilon.

Oclaro Sees Quarterly Revenue Shortfall

Oclaro now expects revenues for the third quarter of its fiscal 2011, ended April 2, 2011, to be approximately $116.5 million. This compares with revenue of $120.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011, ended January 1, 2011, and compares with the estimate of $123 million to $131 million the Company provided on January 27, 2011.

Oclaro blamed the revenue shortfall from the previous estimate resulted primarily from inventory corrections among certain telecom customers that began during the quarter and continued through the end of the quarter. The company also expects a correlation between this lowered revenue estimate for the quarter, and the estimated level of gross margins and adjusted EBIDTA for the quarter.

EB Upgrades LTE Testing for Enhanced MIMO and Beamforming

EB (Elektrobit Corp.) has added two LTE features in EB Propsim F8 test platform: an increased amount of fading channels for MIMO testing, and enhanced modeling capability for beamforming testing.

The new feature enables affordable testing of bi-directional 4x4 MIMO with a single emulator unit. It is a flexible way to extend testing capacity as a single EB Propsim F8 with a limited number of channels can later be upgraded to the full configuration, 32 channels. With the feature, LTE testing capacity is raised by 100 percent thus enabling more cost efficient MIMO testing with a single product.

With the beamforming application, EB launches to market a unique tool that makes possible the creation of dynamic user scenarios for testing LTE networks. EB now has available a full set of channel models for TD-LTE. The application also supports SCME*, WINNER+** and IMT-Advanced*** channel modeling. The application enables optimization of network performance, reliability and coverage giving the vendors the ability to create a competitive product portfolio for the LTE market. In addition to the beamforming tool, EB now offers a full set of ready-made TD-LTE channel models according to the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR).

Verizon Settles Govt Overcharging Case for $93.5 Million

Verizon will pay the U.S. government $93.5 million to settle charges that it over billed from 2004 to 2010, when Verizon allegedly billed the government for a variety of surcharges including property tax surcharges, carrier cost recovery charges, state telecommunications relay service surcharges and public utility commission fee surcharges. The case concerns a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Verizon over a GSA fixed-price contract, which supposedly was negotiated to avoid hidden surcharges.

"Verizon was not only charging the government for the costs associated with communication services but it also was pumping up its revenues by charging the government for Verizon's own property taxes and other costs of doing business," said Colette Matzzie, a Washington, DC, attorney with Phillips & Cohen LLP, which represents the whistleblower. "Under federal law, Verizon was responsible for paying those costs, not the government."

NSN Appoints Ricky Corker to Lead North American Business

Nokia Siemens Networks has announced the appointment of Rick Corker to lead its business in North America, replacing Sue Spradley, who is stepping down to pursue opportunities outside the company but who will continue to serve as a non-executive advisor to Nokia Siemens Networks and as a member of the company's external advisory board. Spradley joined Nokia Siemens Networks in July 2007.

Corker, an Australian citizen, is currently head of the company's Asia-Pacific region, where he has delivered strong growth, particularly in the key countries of Korea and Japan. Corker will be based in Dallas and his appointment is effective from April 15 2011.

Huawei: Ten Years of Building its U.S. Base


Huawei marks ten years in the USA and dedicates a new R&D lab in Silicon Valley. Huawei USA Chairman Ken Lu reflects on the first decade in the US market and the company's aspirations to become a total ICT solution provider.

Group of U.S. Senators Urge Obama to Block Huawei, ZTE

A group of five U.S. senators published an open letter in which they urge President Obama to block Huawei and ZTE from making inroads into the U.S. telecom market especially with regards to the proposed National Wireless Initiative and Public Safety Network. The letter states that these companies receive support from the Chinese government and might represent a threat to national cyber security. The senators are also seeking to prevent Huawei or ZTE from receiving direct or indirect from any government backed project. Signatories include Senators Jon Kyl, Darrel Issa, Saxby Chambliss, Richard Burr, James Inhofe, and Tom Coburn.

Toshiba Debuts SmartNAND with Error Correction Code

Toshiba America Electronic Components introduced "SmartNAND", its next-generation 24-nanometer (nm) NAND flash product family featuring a control chip that supports error correction code (ECC). The chip remove the burden of ECC from the host processor, while minimizing protocol changes.

SmartNAND and is available in densities ranging from 4 to 64 gigabyte (GB).

The new SmartNAND 24nm product lineup is a replacement for current 32nm generation devices. Target applications include portable media players, tablet PCs, digital TVs, set-top-boxes, and other devices that require high-density, non-volatile memory.

Huawei Opens R&D Facility in Silicon Valley

Huawei marked its tenth anniversary in the United States by hosting an inauguration of a new R&D center in Santa Clara, California. The 200,000 square-foot facility includes multiple state-of-the-art research labs and focuses on the research and development of next generation communications solutions for U.S. customers while supporting Huawei's global R&D research efforts.

In a series of speeches, presentations and technology demos, Huawei executives emphasized the transformation of the company from a merely a Chinese manufacturer into a global R&D powerhouse focused on becoming an end-to-end supplier of ICT solutions for telecom operators, enterprises, small businesses and consumers. The company's R&D team in Santa Clara is pursuing "true Silicon Valley style" projects in areas ranging from enterprise cloud services to content-aware routing.

Huawei began its operations in the U.S. in 2001 by opening its first office in Plano, Texas. Since then, the company has grown to 1,100 employees in 12 branch offices and 7 R&D centers. Its next phase will see it pursue the enterprise, SMB, cable and consumer segments.

Huawei also noted that it has become a leading purchaser of U.S. silicon products, having procured $6.1 billion in 2010. The company invested $103 million locally in research and development last year. It also emphasized its charitable work with local food banks and school programs, including its support of America's Promise Alliance, which aims to reduce the high school dropout rate across the country.

The company said all of these efforts are indicative of its transformation in a global innovation company with local presence.

"Huawei has a long history of delivering customer-centric innovation that has changed the way people communicate," said Charles Ding, President of Huawei North America and Co-president of Huawei USA. "With the opening of our Santa Clara R&D facility, we will continue to focus on groundbreaking research that addresses customer needs and creates new growth opportunities for the company."

Vitesse and AppliedMicro Collaborate on 40G/100G Enhanced FEC

Vitesse Semiconductor and AppliedMicro announced an alliance to drive a standard approach for 40G and 100G Enhanced Forward Error Correction (eFEC) technology. The collaboration allows AppliedMicro to license Vitesse's patented portfolio of 40G and 100G hard decision eFEC cores for its FPGA and ASSP solutions aimed at emerging Optical Transport Network (OTN) applications requiring best-in-class net electrical coding gain (NECG) with the lowest implementation complexity and cost. The two companies will mutually cross license three OTN applications including AppliedMicro's 10GE LAN Signal Mapping to OTU2 Signal patent and Vitesse's Continuously Interleaved Error Correction patent.

Forward Error Correction is widely used in fiber optic communications to reduce bit error rate in typically noisy signal environments. As metro and long-haul networks transition from 10G to 40G, and up to 100G high speed data rates, the challenges in developing cost-effective, improved signal-to-noise ratio solutions become more substantial.

"Providing the industry a standardized eFEC approach for emerging OTN solutions in metro and long-haul networks is our ultimate goal," said Steve Perna, vice president of product marketing at Vitesse. "This effort provides significant technology advancements and value to customers who need an effective and reliable way to transmit data, voice, and video at faster rates in OTN applications. As networks migrate and Ethernet becomes the ubiquitous protocol, this capability will be increasingly critical."

"We are pleased to work with Vitesse to drive a standard eFEC approach for 40G and 100G data rates," said George Jones, vice president of marketing and business development at AppliedMicro. "The combination of AppliedMicro and Vitesse supporting this family of eFEC cores in the marketplace addresses the challenges of time-to-market and interoperability. AppliedMicro's roadmap of SoftSilicon® solutions enables immediate implementation of these eFEC cores for customer designs. Our complementary ASSP solutions will utilize the same cores and provide both software and hardware investment protection for our customers."

Certes and Genesis Networks Target Encryption as a Service (EaaS)

Certes Networks (previously CipherOptics) announced a managed service partnership with Genesis Networks, a leading provider of network and managed services.

Genesis will begin selling Certes Networks' multi-layer encryption solutions as part of its Managed Services portfolio. This offering enables security sensitive clients to meet compliance and data protection requirements with the high-quality support they have come to trust from Genesis' expert technicians and engineers. Certes' policy and key management solution and their multi-layer, wire-speed encryption appliances can secure any network without impacting the underlying infrastructure or application performance.

"Our partnership with Certes Networks keeps us on the cutting edge of security technology and strengthens our security product portfolio," said Rick Fitzgerald, President of Genesis Network Integration Services. "The new managed encryption service allows us to continue to offer our customers a full turn-key solution to support their network and protect their business."

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Eurofiber Selects Infinera

Eurofiber, which operates an extensive fiber network across The Netherlands and Belgium, will deploy an end-to-end Infinera Digital Optical Network for its backbone. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Eurofiber estimates that more than 25% of all Internet traffic and 50% of all mobile communication traffic in The Netherlands is transported over its network.

The Infinera DTN, powered by photonic integrated circuits, is designed to deliver up to 160 wavelengths of DWDM line-side capacity throughout the network.

Alcatel-Lucent and AudioCodes Collaborate on Enterprise SBCs

AudioCodes is working with Alcatel-Lucent through its Alcatel-Lucent Application Partner Program (AAPP) to re-enforce their collaboration on delivering secure voice network solutions. This involves the integration of AudioCodes' Mediant family of Enterprise Session Border Controllers (E-SBCs) with Alcatel-Lucent SIP solutions for enterprises, including OpenTouch Business Edition and the OmniPCX™ Enterprise Communication Server.

The Mediant E-SBCs will be joining the list of existing tested interoperability between AudioCodes products - including the MediaPack 11x and 20x VoIP Gateways and the Mediant 600, 1000, 2000, 3000 and 5000 Media Gateways – and Alcatel-Lucent solutions such as OmniPCX Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX Office™, as well as the Genesys™ SIP Server.

Telstra Acquires a Unified Communications Company

Telstra has acquired iVision, a provider of video conferencing and collaboration services based in Richmond, Victoria, Australia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

iVision provides integration of corporate Unified Communications systems, as well as managed and hosted services.

Telstra said the deal boosts its capability and expertise across multiple video conferencing products and platforms, enabling it to rapidly design and rollout video conferencing solutions for its customers. The acquisition will make Telstra the number one provider of video conferencing services in Australia, and one of the top three providers in Asia.

JetBlue to Deploy ViaSat-1 Ka-band Internet

JetBlue Airways has agreed to deploy the first Ka-band commercial aviation broadband network using the ViaSat-1 satellite. The agreement, which formalizes the memorandum of understanding first announced last September, includes an order valued at over $30 million for Ka-band airborne terminals and services to outfit the JetBlue fleet of more than 170 aircraft. The equipment will be installed beginning in 2012 on the airline's Airbus A320 and Embraer E190 aircraft along with two-way transmission bandwidth services using the WildBlue satellite broadband network, including the high-capacity ViaSat-1 satellite.

"Over the past few months we have worked closely with JetBlue and LiveTV to finalize a user-friendly and scalable satellite network for in-flight broadband," said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat CEO and chairman. "We believe the economics of Ka-band will create an environment that will engage more passengers and offer a broader range of online experiences in the air."

JetBlue will be the first airline to receive the ViaSat Ka-band system, and those initial installations are expected to be quickly followed by deployment onboard the Continental Airlines fleet, as announced on March 22 by JetBlue's wholly-owned subsidiary, LiveTV, and subject to final agreement.

Meru to Miss Q1 Financial Guidance

Meru Networks expects to report first quarter revenue in the range of $20.0 million to $20.5 million. The company had previously provided revenue guidance in the range of $21.5 million to $22.5 million. First quarter non-GAAP operating expenses, which excludes the impact of stock based compensation expenses of approximately $1.3 million, are expected to be in the range of $14.7 million to $14.8 million, compared to prior guidance of approximately $14.8 million.

"In the first quarter we saw a number of transactions, primarily in the United States, that we anticipated would close but with the quarter concluded, it is now apparent that these transactions are experiencing longer than expected approval processes," said Ihab Abu-Hakima, president and chief executive officer of Meru Networks. "This included a lengthening of the budget approval process for a number of our domestic education customers. We continue to believe there is a healthy market for wireless LAN solutions, and accordingly during the first quarter we increased our investment in our sales teams and channel partners to capitalize on this opportunity. We plan to continue increasing our investment in sales coverage and capacity, and expect to announce a new head of worldwide sales in the coming weeks."

IEEE Looks to Clouds -- The Next Phase of Innovation

IEEE has launched a Cloud Computing Initiative with the approval of two new standards development projects:

IEEE P2301, Draft Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles, which will provide profiles of existing and in-progress cloud computing standards in critical areas such as application, portability, management, and interoperability interfaces, as well as file formats and operation conventions. IEEE P2301 will provide an intuitive roadmap for cloud vendors, service providers, and other key stakeholders.

and IEEE P2302, Draft Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation, which defines essential topology, protocols, functionality, and governance required for reliable cloud-to-cloud interoperability and federation. It will also address fundamental, transparent interoperability and federation much in the way SS7/IN did for the global telephony system, and naming and routing protocols did for the Internet.

Two new working groups have been established to advance these standards. The goal is to help users build and/or procure standards-based cloud computing products and services.

"Since its inception, the Internet has gone through radical changes driven by the twin engines of continued technology advancement and evolving user expectations," said Steve Diamond, chair, IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative. "Cloud computing today is very much akin to the nascent Internet – a disruptive technology and business model that is primed for explosive growth and rapid transformation. But without a flexible, common framework for interoperability, innovation could become stifled, leaving us with a siloed ecosystem. By leveraging its uniquely deep and broad technological resources and expertise, IEEE is helping to minimize fragmentation and ensure that cloud computing realizes its full potential."

"Cloud computing will change everything. It is one of the three aspects of the 'perfect storm' of technology waves currently sweeping across humanity, the other two being massive deployment of very smart mobile devices, and ubiquitous high-speed connectivity," said David Bernstein, IEEE P2301 and IEEE P2302 WG chair, and managing director, Cloud Strategy Partners. "The cloud will tie all of these coming advancements together. We're truly embarking on a new age of innovation."

Gefen Extends HDMI to 100m over Cat-5

Gefen introduced an extra long-range extension of HDMI devices. The GefenPRO ELR Extender for HDMI with PoL offers a long-range, multi-signal method of extension up to 330-feet (100m) over just a single CAT-5 cable. HDMI video at 1080p full HD resolutions, 3DTV support, audio, IR remote, RS-232 control, Ethernet and power are all delivered over the same CAT-5 cable. Previous solutions required two cables to reach shorter distances.

Gefen said its PoL technology is based on the Power over Ethernet standard. This enables the delivery of power to the receiver unit, giving an added advantage to the integrator. Power is provided to the receiver using the AC power connected at the sender unit. Each receiver unit is also equipped with an additional 5v output to power a supplemental product, such as a scaler, switcher or splitter at the display location.

TI to Acquire National Semiconductor, Consolidating Analog Market

Texas Instruments agreed to acquire National Semiconductor for $25 per share in cash -- valuing the deal at about $6.5 billion. Both companies are leaders in analog semiconductors.

The market for analog semiconductors was $42 billion in 2010. TI was the market leader with 2010 analog revenue of $6.0 billion, or 14 percent of the market. National's revenue in calendar year 2010 was about $1.6 billion, or 3 percent of the market.

National, which is based in Santa Clara, California, boasts a portfolio of 12,000 analog devices, with many design wins in the industrial power market and customer design tools. It has 5,700 employees and 2010 annual revenues of $1.6 billion. National has manufacturing operations in Maine, Scotland and Malaysia, which TI will continue to operate. Each site has additional capacity to increase production. National's headquarters will remain in Santa Clara, California.

Texas Instruments has about 30,000 analog devices in its portfolio, with depth in mobile/portable markets.

When the acquisition closes, National will become part of TI's analog segment, and sales of analog semiconductors will represent almost 50 percent of TI's revenue.

Google Bids $900 Million for Nortel'ss Patent Portfolio

Google confirmed that it will bid to acquire Nortel's extensive intellectual property portfolio. Google said the move is necessary to fend off frivolous lawsuits from patent trolls who have no intention of creating innovative product or services on their own, but who would simply use the patents to attack others. Nortel has selected Google's bid as the "stalking-horse bid," making it the starting point against which others will bid prior to the auction. Google believes this will set a higher entry barrier to discourage the patent trolls.