Monday, April 11, 2011

AT&T Ramps up Mobile Commerce Platform with Digby

AT&T introduced a new "Digby Mobile Commerce" service to help retailers design, deploy and manage mobile commerce web sites and rich applications optimized for smartphones. The service, which is offered in conjunction with Austin, Texas-based Digby, will guide retail brands through the process of creating mobile websites that display rich product images and live catalogs.

AT&T already provides retail industry solutions across mobile channels, including AT&T Mobile Barcode Services, AT&T Global Messaging Suite, AT&T Digital Signage and ShopAlerts by AT&T.

"By adding Digby Mobile Commerce Solutions to our portfolio of Mobile Marketing Solutions, we're able to offer retailers a comprehensive set of services for promoting, merchandising, and selling product through a mobile channel," said Chris Hill, Vice President, Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "Digby mobile and in-store application development and mobile commerce features, combined with AT&T's retail industry consulting practice and mobile marketing solutions, give retail companies exactly what they need to engage potential customers who are on-the-go and in the store."

ADTRAN Posts Record Q1 Revenue of $165 Million

ADTRAN reported record Q1 2011 revenue of $165 million for the quarter, up 30% compared to $127 million for the first quarter of 2010. Operating income increased 80% to $45.6 million for the quarter compared to $25.3 million for the first quarter of 2010. Net income increased 88% to $34.3 million for the quarter, compared to $18.2 million for the first quarter of 2010. Earnings per share, assuming dilution, increased 79% to $0.52 for the quarter, compared to $0.29 for the first quarter of 2010.

ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, "For the quarter our combined growth areas grew 51% over the previous year, allowing the company to achieve its fourth consecutive quarterly revenue record. Moreover, each of the individual segments within this category achieved new records. Broadband Access saw revenue growth of 42% over first quarter 2010, led by the continued success of our Total Access 5000 platform. Our Internetworking category grew 48%, fueled by channel expansion and growing acceptance of new applications. Optical Access grew an impressive 86%, driven by the increasing demand for mobile data. We are pleased with the long term prospects of the markets we serve and our company's position to deliver positive results."

GSA: Nearly 400 HSPA Systems in Operation

Commercial HSPA services have been launched on 398 networks, according to the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association), 17% higher than a year ago. Some other newly released stats:

  • More than two-thirds of HSPA networks (68%) are configured to support at least 7.2 Mbps peak downlink data speeds, compared to just over half of HSPA networks one year ago.

  • 39% of operators have deployed HSUPA for fast data uploading performance, compared to 29% in April 2010.

  • 90 commercial HSPA+ networks support a peak downlink data speed of 21 Mbps using 64QAM modulation, delivering a typical user experience up to 8 Mbps (depending on device capability)

  • 10 commercial HSPA+ networks support 28 Mbps utilizing MIMO technology.

  • 23 commercial HSPA+ networks support 42 Mbps, which is achieved by combining 64QAM and doubling the bandwidth (DC-HSPA+).

GSA also notes that 5 operators have committed to the next HSPA Evolution step of 84 Mbps, which can be realized using a combination of DC-HSPA+ (64QAM) and MIMO. 84 Mbps systems and devices are expected to be commercially introduced within the next 12 months.

NEC Selected for South-East Asia Japan Cable

The South-East Asia Japan Cable (SJC) consortium has commenced construction of a new undersea network that will link Brunei, China Mainland, Hong Kong, Philippines, Japan, and Singapore, with options to extend to Indonesia and Thailand.

NEC and TE Subcom were awarded the supply contract for the new international submarine cable system. First announced in December 2009, the cable was initially planned to be 8,300 km in length, linking 5 countries / territories. SJC's length is now 8,900 km which could extend up to 10,700 km, linking up to 8 countries / territories while supporting an initial design capacity of over 15 Tbps.

The SJC consortium is composed of Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad (BIG), China Mobile, China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), China Telecom (Hong Kong) International Ltd. (CTHKI, an Affiliate of China Telecommunications Corporation), Donghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., Globe Telecom, Inc., Google SJC Bermuda Ltd. (a subsidiary of Google Inc.), KDDI Corporation, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Telemedia Pacific Inc. (TPI), and TOT Public Co., Ltd. (TOT).

The SJC system is expected to be ready for service in 2H-2013.

Cisco Drops its Flip Camcorder Business, Cuts 550 Jobs

Cisco will shut down its Flip consumer camcorder business and eliminate 550 jobs in the process. The move will result in restructuring charges to the company's GAAP financial results, with an aggregate pre-tax impact not expected to exceed $300 million during the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2011. Cisco said it is taking the step to refocus its Home Networking business for greater profitability and connection to the company's core networking infrastructure products.

Additional restructuring steps include:

  • Integrate Cisco umi into the company's Business TelePresence product line and operate through an enterprise and service provider go-to-market model, consistent with existing business TelePresence efforts.

  • Assess core video technology integration of Cisco's Eos media solutions business or other market opportunities for this business.

"We are making key, targeted moves as we align operations in support of our network-centric platform strategy," said John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO. "As we move forward, our consumer efforts will focus on how we help our enterprise and service provider customers optimize and expand their offerings for consumers, and help ensure the network's ability to deliver on those offerings."
  • In March 2009, Cisco agreed to pay $590 million in stock in exchange for all shares of Pure Digital Technologies, a San Francisco-based company behind the Flip Video consumer camcorder. At the time, Cisco said its strategy behind the acquisition was to build in the media-enabled home and "to capture the consumer market transition to visual networking."

IEEE Ratifies 40G Ethernet Optical Standard

The 40Gb/s Ethernet Single-mode fiber optical interface standard, IEEE 802.3bg-2011, has been ratified by the IEEE. The new standard enables 40 Gb/s serial Ethernet interfaces to be deployed on single-mode fiber. It is an amendment to the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard. The new standardized interface, called 40GBASE-FR, supports transmission up to 2km over single-mode fiber and can enable equipment to be configurable to interoperate with installed base of equipment conforming to existing telecom and ITU standards such as OC-768, OTU3, STM-256 or 40G Packet-over-SONET (POS).

The new standard builds upon last year's release of the IEEE 802.3ba-2010, IEEE's 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet standard.

The IEEE said this new 40GBASE-FR interface was a specific need identified by the telecom carrier network operators as a key factor in their ability to seamlessly transition from installed equipment to new equipment supporting 40 Gb/s Ethernet.

"The telecom carrier community is very keen to adopt Ethernet technologies but also needs to leverage its significant installed base of OTN, SONET, SDH or POS equipment. Once the need was determined, the IEEE was able to quickly gather forces and develop a standard to meet the technical requirements as well as the schedule needs of the user community," said Mark Nowell, Chair, IEEE 802.3bg Task Force, Senior Director Engineering, SP Routing Technology Group, Cisco. "The excellent cooperation between the IEEE and ITU standards bodies and members enabled us to develop and complete this IEEE Ethernet specification in record time for an optical interface. Completing in only 16 months from the original Call for Interest and 12 months from the project approval enables the industry to quickly respond to the growing need for Ethernet adoption in the carrier networks."

Germany's Carrier K-net Selects Orckit-Corrigent's Packet Transport

K-net Telekommunikation Gmbh, a regional carrier based in southwest Germany, has deployed Orckit-Corrigent's MPLS based CM-4000 PTN switches and CM-View network management system, and 3M Services' support, to upgrade its transport networking infrastructure for the delivery of enterprise VPN and Carrier-of-Carrier applications.

Orckit-Corrigent's CM-4000 is a series of Packet Transport Network switches that offer a flexible mix of Ethernet and TDM services to facilitate the migration toward unified packet network. These switches are based on MPLS and MPLS-TP technologies and are designed to scale up the delivery of residential, business and mobile backhauling services in next-generation telecom networks.

Orckit-Corrigent has racked up four wins with European carriers over the past four months: EnviaTEL, VSE NET and Cegecom. Each of these carriers have also selected Orckit-Corrigent's PTN solutions and 3M Services' solutions to expand their networking infrastructure.

"K-net's decision once again highlights the market acceptance of Orckit-Corrigent's innovative solutions," said Mr. Manfred Brandt, Managing Director of 3M Services. "We are pleased that our partnership with Orckit-Corrigent allows us to increase our local customer base and we look forward to working together to supply K-Net with the greatest combination of technology and customer care."

AT&T Employs Cotendo for Content Acceleration Service

AT&T is leveraging Cotendo's newly announced "Cloudlet" capabilities in its AT&T Content Acceleration suite for the faster delivery of dynamic content, such as social media and shopping cart data.

Specifically, AT&T is teaming with Cotendo to add their Search Engine Optimization and Cloudlet offerings to the AT&T Content Acceleration suite. This will push the business logic of dynamically generated web pages into the content acceleration cloud.

AccuWeather, which provides up to the minute weather reporting, is using the Cloudlet module of the AT&T Content Acceleration service to improve response times without buying and maintaining additional servers. Previously, users with GPS-enabled smartphones were tying up AccuWeather's whole network with very specific requests for weather data. AT&T said that with the addition of the Cloudlet module, requests for updated weather information can now be made within a larger local geographic area, eliminating the need to travel back to headquarters for the latest forecast. As a result, update requests to headquarters have declined by 75 percent, and AccuWeather is now providing near real-time response important to its users.

The Cloudlet module can make decisions on features such as geography, devices, and request routing. By teaming with Cotendo, AT&T is deploying this new Content Acceleration feature which enables new classes of capabilities, and applications to be delivered globally and controlled in real-time.

AT&T Content Acceleration also includes a monitoring service that offers detailed reporting and alerts for most major search engines. This technology helps business to access detailed information on potential troubles, and address them before they occur. The Search Engine Analytics module from Cotendo delivers crucial web site information, so issues that could impact a site's search engine visibility and rankings, and by extension its traffic and profitability can be pinpointed and corrected. Using this module allows the web sites to function with fewer glitches and faster content. Businesses using the AT&T Content Acceleration Search Engine Analytics module experience more clicks and higher conversion rate. As a result, customers have better experiences, which can increase loyalty to the site.

"The ability to deliver localized information that our customers need while not flooding our entire infrastructure was paramount to providing consumers with real-time access to weather-related news and updates," said Jon Porter, engineer and member of AccuWeather enterprise architecture team. "With the Cloudlet module of AT&T Content Acceleration service, our transaction times have improved, without forcing our company to buy and maintain more servers."

"Businesses are seeing an increasing need to deliver richer and more dynamic content to web customers," said Sam Farraj, Assistant Vice President of AT&T Digital Media Solutions. "Simultaneously, their customers are showing little or no tolerance for waiting to see that content delivered. By delivering content quickly and more targeted via the AT&T network, AT&T Content Acceleration is the perfect bridge between a company and its customers," he said.


Presented by Ido Safruti, Cotendo

ADVA Releases New Carrier Ethernet Edge Gateway

ADVA Optical Networking released its new Carrier Ethernet FSP 150EG-X edge gateway for mobile backhaul and Ethernet services. The FSP 150EG-X is a high-capacity, non-blocking edge gateway that provides a central aggregation solution, acts as a timing gateway for synchronization services and includes the termination of pseudowire services. ADVA is positioning the platform for service providers who need to scale their Carrier Ethernet backhaul offering to address larger applications, while providing a manageable, cost-effective platform that is optimized to deliver intelligent services.

The new product incorporates the company's "Etherjack" technology, which delivers advanced OAM functionality for a large number of monitored services. The platform also integrates the company's "Syncjack" gateway technology for timing distribution and delivery of SLA-based synchronization services for mobile backhaul applications.

The product can be deployed in combination with the company's FSP 150CC demarcation products for end-to-end Ethernet service management across the entire access and backhaul network. The complete solution is supported by the FSP Service Manager for seamless end-to-end provisioning and service-based network operations.

"Service providers need to deliver Ethernet services that meet or exceed the reliability and security of SONET/SDH," said Christoph Glingener, the company's Chief Technology Officer. "With our FSP 150EG-X, we have introduced a platform providing highest service availability, scalability and simplicity for open access, mobile backhaul and business Ethernet applications."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Extreme Announces Preliminary Results

Extreme Networks now expects revenue for its 2011 fiscal third quarter ended March 27, 2011 to be $75.5-76.5 million.

"The revenue for the quarter was impacted by the deferral of $2.6 million in product revenue for a large customer and the timing of several large and relatively complex customer transactions," said Oscar Rodriguez, President & CEO of Extreme Networks. "We expect to be able to complete our obligations under these deals in future quarters, which will represent additional revenue for Extreme Networks at that time. In addition, we have begun to execute on our stated strategic company transformation, and have announced new products and are consolidating our product portfolio to reduce expense and eliminate under-performing or obsolete products. As a result, we experienced some customer purchase decision delays, as we worked to transition our customers to new products and architectures. Other factors impacting this quarter's results were a relative slowdown in our EMEA sales and longer sales cycles for business in the U.S., and increased competitive pressures related to customers in the horizontal enterprise IT market."

Overall Asia Pacific performed well, and is expected to show double-digit revenue growth from Q3 FY10. EMEA is expected to show low single digit revenue growth from Q3 FY10. North America is expected to show a decrease in revenue from Q3 FY10. Overall, year-to-date revenue growth is expected to be 9% to 10% vs. the same period in FY2010.

Orange Business and Tata expand Telepresence

Orange Business Services announced an interoperability agreement with Tata Communications to allow customers to conduct Telepresence meetings seamlessly on each respective network. The collaboration will provide customers of each organization with open access to connect across a much broader business ecosystem.

Meetings can take place between Orange's Telepresence Community customers and any private or public room on the Tata Communications Global Meeting Exchange, and vice versa. Tata Communications currently has the largest global network of public Telepresence rooms and is present in 31 major cities across five continents, with its 33 rooms spanning 17 countries.

China Unicom Anhui Selects NSN's Energy Solutions

China Unicom's subsidiary in Anhui province will deploy Nokia Siemens Networks' Energy Solutions including cooling box and battery cooling cabinet to replace more costly air conditioning units. The solution can help lower average ambient temperatures to reduce the dependency on expensive air-conditioning reducing total power consumption.

Nokia Siemens Networks said its Energy Solutions provide a comprehensive approach to reduce energy consumption in telecom networks, which accounts for 86% of the total energy consumed by operators or 10%-30% of network operating expenditure. It helps operators achieve reduced energy bills while contributing positively to environmental sustainability and helps them meet their corporate social responsibility objectives.

thePlatform Integrates Microsoft's Smooth Streaming

thePlatform, a leading white-label video management and publishing company, has integrated Microsoft's leading digital media technologies, including Microsoft PlayReady and Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming. The companies said their integration enables premium video providers to deliver protected, high-definition (HD) Web video for both in-home and remote viewing experiences using the Microsoft streaming technology.

IIS Smooth Streaming is a form of dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP for delivering live and on-demand content that adjusts video quality automatically and scales massively on content distribution networks. It provides a high-quality viewing experience, which can lead to longer engagement times and makes possible the delivery of full HD 1080p media experiences.

thePlatform is also using Transform Manager, which is a server-side transformation engine built into IIS Media Services, to streamline production workflow for content companies by enabling solutions such as encoding once and simultaneously delivering multiple formats.

Comcast is the first company to combine Microsoft PlayReady and IIS Smooth Streaming technology with thePlatform's video management services. This is being done as part of Comcast's Xfinity TV service, which is available online through the company's popular Xfinity TV app. The technologies are integrated as part of the On Demand video streaming feature on the iPad.

Zixi Raises $4 million for Online VOD Software

Zixi, a start-up based in Waltham, MA, raised $4 million in new funding for its solutions for broadcast-quality HDTV globally over the cloud.

Zixi's software maximizes network bandwidth, minimizes startup delay and eliminates buffering, without sacrificing quality or altering business or operational processes. The company said its solution enables zero packet loss, split-second latency, a mere three to four percent overhead on available network bandwidth, 24/7 always-on performance, and rapid, scalable and carrier-grade deployments.

Broadcasters use Zixi to transmit video in Full-HD to multiple locations globally over the Internet. Internet video-on-demand services use Zixi to deliver instant, un-interrupted and best-quality HD videos to consumers' HDTVs, connected entertainment devices, mobile smart phones, tablets and PCs. Enterprises use Zixi to securely telecast collaborative HD video conferences to multiple locations worldwide in real-time with lower infrastructure costs.

The new funding was led by Boston-based private investment firm Schooner Capital . Industry veterans Sidney Topol, former chairman and CEO of Scientific Atlanta, and Maurice "Reese" Schonfeld, co-founder and first chief executive of CNN and the founder and former president of Food Network, invested alongside Schooner Capital.

Level 3's Acquisition of Global Crossing Builds Scale

Level 3 Communications will acquire Global Crossing in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.0 billion. Global Crossing shareholders will receive 16 shares of Level 3 common stock for each share of Global Crossing common stock or preferred stock that is owned at closing.

The combined company will operate fiber optic networks on three continents, connected by extensive undersea facilities. The combined network will serve a worldwide customer set with owned network in more than 50 countries and connections to more than 70 countries. The combined Level 3 + Global Crossing had pro forma combined 2010 revenues of $6.26 billion and pro forma combined 2010 Adjusted EBITDA of $1.27 billion before synergies and $1.57 billion after expected synergies. The customer profiles includes enterprise, government, wholesale, content, and web-based companies.

"This is a transformational combination that we believe will deliver significant value to the investors, customers and employees of both Level 3 and Global Crossing," said Jim Crowe, chief executive officer of Level 3. "The complementary fit between the two companies' networks, service portfolios and customers is compelling. By leveraging the respective strengths and extensive reach of both companies, we are creating a highly efficient and more extensive global platform that is well-positioned to meet the local and international needs of our customers."

Global Crossing's largest shareholder is Singapore Technologies Telemedia, which is supporting the merger. http://www.globalcrossing.comIn December 2003, Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia) consummated a strategic investment in Global Crossing, enabling a newly restructured Global Crossing to emerge from Chapter 11 proceedings. ST Telemedia invested $250 million in Global Crossing for a 61.5% equity share of the company. As a result of the bankruptcy process, Global Crossing's long-term debt and convertible preferred stock was reduced from roughly $11 billion at the end of 2001, including approximately $1 billion of Asia Global Crossing debt, to $200 million of debt post-emergence in December 2003.

Cortina Debuts 2nd Gen 40G OTN Processor

Cortina Systems is now sampling its second generation 40G/10G optical transport processor family, CS604x, designed for transport and aggregation of data, voice, and video signals simultaneously over 10G, 40G, and 100G networks.

Cortina said its updated processor is aimed at the growing adoption of 40G Ethernet transport, as these trunks will require the cost-efficient aggregation of 10G connections. Recent OTN standards ratification for GMP mapping and ODU0 and OTN Switching will accelerate this trend. Cortina has integrated jitter attenuation and cleanup PLLS to help in a variety of applications, including packet optical transport platforms, DWDM transport systems, Carrier Ethernet switch/routers, and submarine line termination systems.

The new CS604x family retains pin for pin and software compatibility with the company's previous generation, CS600x, and adds support for latest OTN mapping standards, ODUFlex, and 40G Ethernet. It offers four additional 10G multi-rate serial interfaces for direct connection to QSFO and CFP 40G modules.

"Telecom equipment makers are looking for integrated solutions that reduce their BOM cost, board space, and power consumption, while supporting the latest standards and technologies enabling them to transport legacy and emerging packet-oriented services transparently," said Arun Zarabi, Vice President, Infrastructure Business Unit, Cortina. "The Cortina CS604x four jitter attenuation and cleanup PLLS provide significant savings to customers in both board space and cost in asynchronous demapping applications, when compared to external PLL based solutions needed with competitor products."

The Cortina CS604x Optical Transport Processor & FEC Devices integrate 40G Ethernet MAC enabling monitoring and mapping of 40GE clients to OTN, compliant with latest G.709 (Amendment 1 7/2010) & G.798 (10/2010) standards updates for GMP mapping of various bit rate clients into OTN, four integrated jitter attenuation and clean up PLLs, and additional 4x10G multi-rate (OTL/STL/XLAUI) serial interfaces enabling single chip/single card design for CFP/QFSP to CFP/300-pin MSA transponder applications.

As with the previous generation, these devices support standard and strong Forward Error Correction (FEC) at 10G & 40G rates, and provide performance monitoring and networking support for various client signals including 10GE LAN/WAN, Fibre Channel, Infiniband, and SONET/SDH with connectivity to XFP/SFP+ and SFI4.1 MSA modules.


Eircom Deploys RAD Demarc Devices

Eircom has deployed fiber demarcation devices from RAD Data Communications to deliver symmetric Ethernet services to businesses across Ireland at speeds up to 1 Gbps.

RAD's ETX-202A is a fully featured demarcation device that provides transport demarcation to Layer 3 business services such as IP VPN, VoIP and dedicated Internet access over native Ethernet access with high reliability and management. Similarly, RAD's Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) solution, the LA-210 DSL termination unit, will be rolled out across the eircom network later in the year to provide a copper-based solution for symmetric Ethernet delivery where fiber is not available or practical.

The RAD equipment is being supplied by The Kenton Group, a RAD Data Communications partner in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Altair Raises $26 Million for its LTE Silicon

Altair Semiconductor, a start-up based in Israel, has completed a $26 million round of funding for its ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance LTE chipsets.

Over the last year, Altair launched the first commercial LTE product in Poland, the world's first Band 12 LTE solution and the first Digital Dividend LTE router in Germany. The company has completed interoperability testing with numerous tier-one infrastructure vendors around the world, and with an LTE platform that is one of the world's only solutions that offers both TDD and FDD capabilities.

The new funding was led by Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP). All of Altair's existing investors, including BRM, Bessemer Venture Partners, Giza Venture Capital and Pacific Technology participated in the round.

"As we rapidly expand our footprint in LTE markets around the world, this capital will allow us to continue to provide our customers with the support they need to deploy and commercialize our technology," said Oded Melamed, Co-Founder and CEO of Altair. "As the global LTE market is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years, the funding will help Altair expand our current market leadership position, as well as step up the production of our chipsets in response to the increasing demand from our customers."
  • In February, Altair Semiconductor announced that its TD-LTE chipset, alongside Alcatel-Lucent's LTE infrastructure, has successfully completed interoperability (IOT) testing and will take part in several upcoming TD-LTE field trials in India and China. TD-LTE operates in unpaired spectrum.

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