Thursday, April 21, 2011

Greening the Data Center


Vantage Data Center's Jim Trout discusses market demand, investor concerns, energy efficiency and LEED status for new data center construction.

Smart Data Centers -- New World of Green


David Gottfried, founder of the U.S. Green Building Council, reflects on data centers, energy consumptions and social values on Earth Day 2011.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Verizon Wireless Launches LTE in 6 More Cities

Verizon Wireless activated its commercial LTE network in six more metropolitan areas, as well as expanding the 4G LTE network in Charlotte, N.C. The areas where the 4G LTE network will now be available include Clarksville, Tenn.-Hopkinsville, Ky.; Cleveland, Tenn.; Columbia and Hilton Head, S.C.; Wilmington, N.C.; and the Greater Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

David Small, chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, noted, "As of today, we will offer consumers and businesses in 45 metropolitan areas the most advanced 4G wireless network on the planet, while continuing to offer the nation's most reliable 3G network coast to coast. We plan to aggressively light up 4G in new cities and bring our blazingly fast 4G LTE network to more than 100 additional cities in the next nine months."

LightSquared Signs Another LTE Roaming Deal

LightSquared announced an LTE roaming agreement with SI Wireless, a partnership of rural independent telephone companies, delivering 3G-CDMA/EVDO technology to rural parts of Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. The deal will provide subscribers of SI Wireless with a nationwide 4G-LTE footprint as well as satellite coverage in rural areas where there is no terrestrial network. It will also expand LightSquared's data coverage to additional rural communities in the SI Wireless coverage area.

Level 3 Adds Wireless Backup Option

Level 3 Communications announced a new wireless backup solution that provides a reliable alternative to traditional IP network backup.

Enhancing its managed router capabilities, Level 3's wireless backup access is now available across the U.S. for the company's dedicated Internet access (DIA), virtual private network (VPN) and converged business network services.

Level 3 said its new wireless backup solution complements an already robust IP network with multiple diverse paths, offering Level 3 customers a comprehensive approach to service continuity and data recovery in the event of an emergency.

Nokia Posts Solid Q1, Signs with Microsoft

Nokia reported Q1 net sales of EUR 10.399 billion, up from EUR 9.522 billion in Q1 2010, and an operating profit of EUR 439 million, compared to EUR 488 million last year.
Nokia also finalized its strategic agreement with Microsoft.

"In the first quarter, we shifted from defining our strategy to executing our strategy. On this front, I am pleased to report that we signed our definitive agreement with Microsoft and already our product design and engineering work is well under way," stated Stephen Elop, Nokia's CEO.

Some highlights from the quarterly report:

Nokia net sales were EUR 10.4 billion in Q1 2011, up 9% year-on-year and down 18% sequentially (up 4% and down
18% at constant currency).

Devices & Services net sales of EUR 7.1 billion in Q1 2011, up 6% year-on-year and down 17% sequentially (up
1% and down 16% at constant currency).

Services net sales of EUR 211 million in Q1 2011, up 43% year-on-year and 5% sequentially; billings of EUR 338
million, up 48% year-on-year and down 4% sequentially.

Nokia total mobile device volumes of 108.5 million units in Q1 2011, up 1% year-on-year and down 12%

Nokia converged mobile device (smartphone and mobile computer) volumes of 24.2 million units in Q1 2011, up
13% year-on-year and down 14% sequentially.

Nokia mobile device ASP (including services revenue) of EUR 65 in Q1 2011, up from EUR 62 in Q1 2010 and down
from EUR 69 in Q4 2010.

Devices & Services gross margin of 29.1% in Q1 2011, down from 32.4% in Q1 2010 and 29.2% in Q4 2010.

Devices & Services non-IFRS operating margin of 9.8% in Q1 2011, down from 12.1% in Q1 2010 and 11.3% in
Q4 2010.

NAVTEQ net sales of EUR 232 million in Q1 2011, up 23% year-on-year and down 25% sequentially (up 20% and
down 26% at constant currency).

Nokia Siemens Networks net sales of EUR 3.2 billion in Q1 2011, up 17% year-on-year and down 20%
sequentially (up 15% and down 21% at constant currency).

Nokia Siemens Networks non-IFRS operating margin of 0.1% in Q1 2011, down from 0.6% in Q1 2010 and 3.7%
in Q4 2010.

Nokia operating cash flow of negative EUR 173 million and cash generated from operations of EUR 182 million in
Q1 2011.

Total cash and other liquid assets of EUR 11.1 billion and net cash and other liquid assets of EUR 6.4 billion at the end of Q1 2011.

China Mobile Tops 600 Million Users

China Mobile added 16.8 million more customers in the last three months, enabling it to surpass the 600 million user milestone.

Operating revenue for the first three months of the year reached RMB 118.172 billion (about US$18 billion), up by 8.3% over the same period of last year. EBITDA was RMB58.079 billion, up by 5.3% over the same period of last year.

However, China Mobile said it is facing challenges such as increasing saturation across the country and intensifying competition. New accounts are mainly low usage customers. There are an increasing number of multi SIM card users. Tariffs and average minutes of usage continue to decline.


Chunghwa Tests 700 MHz and 2.6GHz LTE with Alcatel-Lucent

Chunghwa Telecom Laboratories and Alcatel-Lucent conducted indoor demonstrations of applications and services on a wide variety of 4G LTE devices from various Taiwanese terminal manufacturers and outdoor mobility tests on a high-speed train.

The demonstration builds on an intensive field trial in both 2.6GHz and 700MHz frequency bands that Chunghwa has been conducting over the past 6 months using an end-to-end LTE solution supplied by Alcatel-Lucent. The LTE trial focused on testing the radio frequency (RF) network performance in terms of coverage and penetration, especially high-speed IP-based data transmission using MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology, mobility on hi-speed train and quality of service.

The tests performed on the high-speed train achieved record speeds in FTP data transmission of 90 Mbps in downlink and 34.2 Mbps in uplink while the train was running at 281 Km/h with smooth handovers between the base stations. In addition, the trial demonstrated low control plan latency with less than 115ms and superior FTP data transmission performance in fixed environment with maximum transmission capacity of 120 Mbps in downlink and 40 Mbps in uplink for each sector of LTE Remote Radio Head (RRH).

During the project period, Alcatel-Lucent conducted extensive interoperability testing with five local device manufacturers (HTC, Quanta, BandRich, Zyxel/MitraStar, WNC/Wistron) using ten different types of devices in various form factors; Smartphone, USB dongle, Indoor and Outdoor router and tablet PC with the aim to understand their readiness in LTE product development.

Neustar to Acquire Evolving Systems' Numbering Solutions

Neustar will acquire the assets and certain liabilities of the Numbering Solutions business from Evolving Systems for approximately $39.0 million in cash.

Neustar said the acquisition will further its long-term initiative to simplify operators' OSS architectures by mitigating cost and complexity, while making the evolution to next-generation networks more efficient, manageable, and flexible to meet the increasingly complex needs of end-users.

"The profound change underway in the telecommunications industry is creating significant challenges and opportunities. Neustar sits at the intersection of this transformation, delivering proven solutions and services to help our customers get the most out of their communication networks," said Lisa Hook, Neustar's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Neustar is raising the bar for the industry by integrating the Evolving Systems capabilities to create a dynamic new number management paradigm. This combination extends the breadth of Neustar's Carrier Services portfolio, providing a strong foundation for our customers to meet their current needs and allowing them to harness the power of IP into the future."

Verizon Report Strong Q1 as Smartphone Penetration Rises

With strength in wireless and its FiOS operations, Verizon Communications' total operating revenues in Q1 rose to $27.0 billion and earnings reached 51 cents per share, compared with first-quarter 2010 earnings of 16 cents per share. The company's wireless subscriber base grew to 104.0 million total connections.

"In the first quarter, Verizon Wireless solidified its industry leadership with results that once again showed sustainable, profitable growth," said Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg. "We are executing on our business plans and building momentum, and we are on track to meet both our revenue and earnings objectives for the year. Wireline EBITDA margins expanded for the fourth consecutive quarter, driven by continued strength in FiOS revenues and disciplined cost management. Our strategic acquisition of Terremark, which closed earlier this month, improves our ability to provide integrated, enterprise-class cloud solutions and accelerate growth."

Some highlights from the quarterly report:

Verizon is targeting comparable top-line revenue growth rates in the range of 4 percent to 8 percent for full-year 2011. The company is also targeting EPS growth of 5 percent to 8 percent in 2011, over a comparable adjusted base of $2.08 per share in 2010.

Verizon continues to expect 2011 capital spending to be essentially flat, compared with the 2010 investment of $16.5 billion. In first-quarter 2011, Verizon's capital expenditures totaled $4.4 billion, compared with $3.4 billion in first-quarter 2010, as the company aggressively invested in LTE.


Service revenues in the quarter totaled $14.3 billion, up 6.3 percent year over year. Data revenues were $5.5 billion, up $1.0 billion or 22.3 percent year over year, and represent 38.1 percent of all service revenues. Total revenues were $16.9 billion, up 10.2 percent year over year.

Retail postpaid ARPU grew 2.2 percent over first-quarter 2010, to $53.52. Retail postpaid data ARPU increased to $20.51, up 17.3 percent year over year. Retail service ARPU also grew 2.2 percent, to $51.88.

Verizon Wireless added 1.8 million total connections, including 906,000 retail postpaid customers, and 897,000 wholesale and other connections. These additions exclude acquisitions and adjustments.

At the end of the first quarter, the company had 104.0 million total connections, an increase of 6.1 percent year over year, including 88.4 million retail customers and 15.6 million wholesale and other connections.

At the end of the first quarter, 32 percent of Verizon Wireless' retail postpaid customer phone base were smartphones, up from 28 percent at the end of fourth-quarter 2010.

Retail postpaid churn remained low at 1.01 percent, and total retail churn was 1.33 percent. Both improved year over year.

Demand was strong for new LTE devices - as well as for Apple's iPhone 4, which produced the most successful first-day sales in Verizon Wireless history when it was introduced in February to existing customers.

Wireline and FiOS

First-quarter 2011 operating revenues were $10.1 billion, a decline of 2.2 percent compared with first-quarter 2010. This is an improvement from a decline of 2.8 percent comparing fourth-quarter 2010 to fourth-quarter 2009. First-quarter 2011 total operating expenses were $9.9 billion, a decline of 3.9 percent compared with first-quarter 2010.

Revenues for Verizon's FiOS fiber-optic services to consumer retail customers generated approximately 54 percent of consumer wireline revenues in first-quarter 2011, compared with approximately 45 percent in first-quarter 2010.

Consumer revenues grew 1.9 percent compared with first-quarter 2010. Consumer ARPU for wireline services was $90.55 in first-quarter 2011, up 10.5 percent compared with first-quarter 2010. ARPU for FiOS customers continues to be more than $146.

Global enterprise revenues totaled $3.8 billion in the quarter, up 1.0 percent compared with first-quarter 2010. Sales of strategic enterprise services - such as security and IT solutions, as well as strategic networking - increased 12.8 percent compared with first-quarter 2010, and accelerated from a growth rate of 8.0 percent comparing fourth-quarter 2010 with fourth-quarter 2009. Strategic services now represent approximately 46 percent of global enterprise revenues.

Verizon added 207,000 net new FiOS Internet connections and 192,000 net new FiOS TV connections in first-quarter 2011. Verizon had 4.3 million FiOS Internet and 3.7 million FiOS TV connections at the end of the quarter.

FiOS Internet penetration (subscribers as a percentage of potential subscribers) was 33.1 percent by the end of the first quarter, with the product available for sale to 13.0 million premises. This compares with 29.0 percent and 12.0 million, respectively, at the end of first-quarter 2010. FiOS TV penetration was 29.1 percent by the end of first-quarter 2011, with the product available for sale to 12.6 million premises. This compares with 25.4 percent and 11.5 million, respectively, at the end of first-quarter 2010.

Broadband connections totaled 8.5 million at the end of first-quarter 2011, a 3.0 percent year-over-year increase. FiOS Internet connections more than offset a decrease in DSL-based HSI connections, leading to a net increase of 98,000 broadband connections from fourth-quarter 2010. These are the most broadband net additions since second-quarter 2009. Total voice connections, which measures FiOS Digital Voice connections in addition to traditional switched access lines, declined 8.2 percent to 25.5 million - the smallest year-over-year decline since first-quarter 2008.

During the quarter, Verizon moved decisively to accelerate its "everything-as-a-service" enterprise cloud strategy by announcing its acquisition of cloud and managed IT infrastructure leader Terremark Worldwide, which closed in April.

Greenpeace: How Dirty is Your Data?

Apple earned the lowest score among large, U.S., Internet companies for the eco-friendliness of its data centers, according to a newly published scorecard from Greenpeace.

Data centers consume an increasing amount of electricity. Greenpeace calculates that if the Internet was a country, it would rank 5th for the amount of electricity usage, just below Japan and above Russia. This amounts to 1.5-2% of all global electricity; and data center energy consumption is growing at a rate of 12% a year.

Greenpeace takes the companies to task for locating their data centers in geographic locations that rely on dirty energy, namely, coal and nuclear.  Data centre clusters (Google, Facebook, Apple) are cropping up in places like North Carolina and the US Midwest, where cheap and dirty coal-powered electricity is abundant.

The companies also rank poorly for their reluctance to disclosed their energy-usage and for failing to adopt effective carbon-mitigation strategies for their data centers.

On the positive side, Greenpeace applauds Google's 20-year power purchasing agreement for wind energy in Iowa, i/o Data Centers' 5,000-panel solar array on the roof of its new 580,000 sq ft facility in Phoenix, and GreenQloud in Iceland which is powered 100% by geothermal and hydro power.

The 28-page report is posted online.

WSJ: Apple, Google Receive Phone Users' Locations

Apple and Google are each collecting location data from their smartphone users, according The Wall Street Journal. Data collected includes GPS coordinates, time stamp, signal strength, and SSID of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots. The analysis is seen accelerating the debate on mobile user privacy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Level 3 Delivers Backhaul for Verizon Wireless LTE

Level 3 Communications is providing Verizon Wireless with backbone infrastructure and cell-site backhaul solutions to support its ongoing rollout of its LTE network.

Level 3 is also supporting cell-site backhaul requirements in a number of rural markets in New England and the Western United States for Verizon Wireless by leveraging its recently launched Tower Access solution that combines connectivity to existing cell towers with a mix of new on-site tower construction and colocation at Level 3 sites. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Wireless consumers and enterprise users demand the ability to be connected to everything, everywhere, all the time – something we've been ready to handle for years," said Andrew Crouch, president of Sales for Level 3. "Starting over a decade ago, we designed a network from the ground up to handle evolving and growing data needs. Verizon Wireless is leveraging our technologies to build one of the world's most advanced wireless networks."

AT&T Driven by Mobile Broadband Growth

Robust mobile broadband growth underpinned AT&T's financial performance in Q1, as the company posted consolidated revenues of $31.2 billion, up more than $700 million, or 2.3 percent, versus the year-earlier quarter, marking the company's fifth consecutive quarter with a year-over-year revenue increase.

First-quarter 2011 net income attributable to AT&T totaled $3.4 billion, or $0.57 per diluted share. These results compare with reported net income attributable to AT&T of $2.5 billion, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2010. Excluding 2010 significant items, earnings per share for the first quarter of 2011 was stable with earnings per share of $0.58 per diluted share in the year-ago first quarter.

"We delivered another robust mobile broadband growth quarter for a very solid start to the year," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer. "We posted double-digit wireless revenue growth, and we set new first-quarter records in total net adds, connected device net adds and smartphone sales. Growth in tablets and other branded computing subscribers also continues to be strong.

"Mobile broadband networks are driving unprecedented growth and innovation, and AT&T is playing a leading role in bringing these benefits to customers," Stephenson said. "That's why our agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA, which we announced in March, is so important. Combined, the two companies' spectrum and network assets will allow us to simultaneously address spectrum issues created by this increased demand and improve customers' network experience as volumes continue to grow."

Some highlight from the company's quarterly report:

AT&T posted a net gain in total wireless subscribers of 2.0 million, to reach 97.5 million in service.

Retail net adds for the quarter include postpaid net adds of 62,000. Excluding the impacts of the Alltel and Centennial integration migrations, postpaid net adds were approximately 165,000. Prepaid net adds were 85,000.

More than 5.5 million smartphones were sold in the first quarter, the third-highest quarter ever and an increase of more than 60 percent year over year.

3.6 million iPhones were activated. Approximately 65 percent of postpaid sales were smartphones.

At the end of the quarter, 46.2 percent of AT&T's 68.1 million postpaid subscribers had smartphones, up from 34.7 percent a year earlier.

The average ARPU for smartphones on AT&T's network is 1.8 times that of the company's other devices. More than 80 percent of smartphone subscribers are on FamilyTalk and/or business discount plans. Churn levels for these subscribers are significantly lower than for other postpaid subscribers.

Connected device net adds were 1.3 million, and reseller net adds were 561,000.

The first LTE services are on-track for launch later this year.

Wireless churn was 1.36 percent versus 1.30 percent in the first quarter of 2010 and 1.32 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010. Postpaid churn was 1.18 percent, compared to 1.07 percent in the year-ago first quarter and 1.15 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010. Excluding the impacts of the Alltel and Centennial migrations, postpaid churn was 1.12 percent for the quarter, compared with 1.05 percent in the year-ago quarter and 1.10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Double-Digit Wireless Revenue Growth. Total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 10.2 percent year over year to $15.3 billion. Wireless service revenues increased 8.6 percent, to $14.0 billion, in the first quarter.

Wireless data revenues — driven by messaging, Internet access, access to applications and related services — increased nearly $1 billion, or 23.9 percent, from the year-earlier quarter to $5.1 billion.

AT&T postpaid wireless subscribers on monthly data plans increased by 18.7 percent over the past year. Versus the year-earlier quarter, total text messages carried on the AT&T network increased by more than 25 percent to 179.8 billion, and multimedia messages increased by 54.2 percent to 3.7 billion.


Revenue from residential customers totaled $5.3 billion in the first quarter, up 0.5 percent year over year, the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.

AT&T U-verse TV added 218,000 subscribers to reach 3.2 million in service. In the first quarter, the AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet attach rate continued to run above 90 percent and nearly 60 percent of subscribers took AT&T U-verse Voice. More than three-fourths of AT&T U-verse TV subscribers have a triple- or quad-play option from AT&T. ARPU for U-verse triple-play customers was $168, up 14.3 percent year over year.

AT&T's U-verse deployment now reaches 28 million living units. Companywide penetration of eligible living units is 15.3 percent, and across areas marketed to for 30 months or more, overall penetration is 23.8 percent.

AT&T's total video subscribers, which combine the company's U-verse and bundled satellite customers, reached 5.1 million at the end of the quarter, representing 20.6 percent of households served.

AT&T posted a 175,000 net gain in wireline broadband connections. About two-thirds of consumers have a broadband plan of 3 Mbps or higher.

AT&T U-verse penetration and a significant number of subscribers on triple- or quad-play options drove 26.1 percent year-over-year growth in IP revenues from residential customers (broadband, U-verse TV and U-verse Voice). IP revenues now represent 46.9 percent of total wireline consumer revenue, up from 37.4 percent in the first quarter of 2010.

Wireline revenues per household served increased 6.5 percent versus the year-earlier first quarter and were up 1.4 percent sequentially (average revenue per household is total consumer wireline revenue divided by the average monthly households in service), driven by AT&T U-verse services. This marked AT&T's 13th consecutive quarter with year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues per household.

In the first quarter, AT&T posted a decline in total consumer revenue connections due primarily to expected declines in traditional voice access lines, consistent with broader industry trends and somewhat offset by increases in U-verse TV, broadband and VoIP connections.

AT&T U-verse Voice connections increased by 181,000 in the quarter and 716,000 over the past four quarters. Total consumer revenue connections at the end of the first quarter were 43.1 million, compared with 45.0 million at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and 43.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010.

Total business revenues were $9.3 billion, a decline of 4.5 percent versus the year-earlier quarter and down 2.0 percent sequentially, reflecting economic weakness in voice and legacy data products and the third-quarter 2010 sale of the company's Japan assets. When normalized for the Japan sale, total business revenues declined 3.6 percent, about the same rate as normalized results for the fourth quarter of 2010 and improved from the year-ago quarter. Business service revenues, which exclude CPE, declined 4.4 percent year over year and were down slightly sequentially.

Total business IP data revenues grew 8.5 percent versus the year-earlier first quarter, led by growth in VPN revenues. More than 70 percent of AT&T's frame customers have made the transition to IP-based solutions, which allow them to easily add managed services such as network security, cloud services and IP conferencing on top of their infrastructures. Total business data revenue growth was 0.3 percent when compared to a year earlier.

AT&T's first-quarter wireline operating income margin was 11.5 percent, down slightly compared to 12.0 percent in the year-earlier quarter and 13.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Anite Gains LTE Protocol Conformance Testing Certification

Anite's LTE protocol conformance testing toolset has been approved by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) for the certification of devices intended for deployment on LTE Bands 01, Japan, & 07, Europe.

The company notes that its Conformance Toolset nows meets test coverage requirements for LTE protocol testing across LTE bands 01, 07, 13 & 20 and TD-LTE bands 38 & 40.

LightSquared and Cellular South Sign LTE Roaming Pact

LightSquared announced an LTE roaming agreement with Cellular South, a privately owned wireless communications provider headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississipp. The deal will provide subscribers of Cellular South with a nationwide 4G-LTE footprint as well as satellite coverage in rural areas where there is no terrestrial network. It will also expand LightSquared's 4G data coverage to additional rural communities.

"LightSquared's wholesale-only, integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network, makes them a valuable partner because it enables us to provide our customers, including those in rural locations, with nationwide access to the most advanced technology and reliable coverage available," said Hu Meena, president and CEO of Cellular South.

Qualcomm Posts Record Revenues of $3.9 Billion

Qualcomm reported record quarterly revenues of $3.88 billion, up 46% YoY and 16% sequentially. Prior guidance called for $3.45 - $3.75 billion in quarterly revenue.

Operating income was $1.07 billion, up 38% YoY and down 3% sequentially. Net income was $999 million, up 29% YoY and down 15% sequentially.

"We are pleased to report record quarterly revenues, and we are raising our revenue and earnings guidance for the year as the demand for smartphones across an array of geographies and tiers continues to grow," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "In addition, we have resolved the second of the two previously disclosed licensee disputes. We continue to execute on our strategic priorities as our partners deploy our technologies and solutions to offer leading wireless products and services to consumers worldwide."

Telco Systems Acquires ANDA's Portfolio

Telco Systems has acquired the major assets and intellectual property of ANDA Networks. Financial terms of the all-cash deal were not disclosed.

ANDA is supplier of Carrier Class Ethernet and wireless backhaul platforms. It was an early entrant into the market.

Telco Systems said the acquisition expands its portfolio. Ethernet over TDM products supporting IP/MPLS technology from ANDA and Telco Systems fiber-based edge switching and mobile backhaul aggregation solutions combine to offer a fully integrated range of carrier class, MEF certified Ethernet solutions.

The acquisition will add ANDA's installed base of over 30,000 system platforms at Tier 1 carriers' networks in the US and Canada to Telco Systems' $2B worldwide installed base of service providers, mobile operators and cable MSOs.

"Telco Systems continually looks for strategic opportunities in order to grow both our business and product offerings. ANDA's strong suite of Ethernet access products in conjunction with our multi-service Ethernet edge solutions will provide customers a complete range of choices for Carrier Ethernet regardless of the installed infrastructure," said Avi Cohen, executive vice president of business development marketing for Telco Systems. "We expect that this acquisition will yield immediate benefits to Telco Systems, ANDA, and our combined service provider customer base."

"The combination with Telco Systems creates synergies in terms of technology and customers," said Charles R. Kenmore, ANDA Networks president and CEO. "We believe that Telco Systems is the best choice for the short and long term for our stakeholders, customers, and people."
  • ANDA Networks was founded in January 1998 by Wufu Chen and prominent network technology entrepreneurs from Cisco, Motorola, Alcatel, Nortel, Ericsson and HP. The company raised approximately $100 million in venture funding over the years..

  • ANDA is headed by Charles R. Kenmore, who has been with the company since 1999. Prior to joining ANDA Networks, Kenmore was President of ADC International; Vice President and General Manager of the international division Information Systems Group at Motorola; founding head of Sprint International; and Vice-President and General Manager of the international systems integration division at Comsat.

  • ANDA is based in Sunnyvale, California with R&D in Wuhan, China.

USDA Announces $40 Million for Rural FTTP Projects

The USDA Rural Development's Rural Utilities Service announced almost $40 million in loans for telecom projects in Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, Montana and Oklahoma. The financing will be used to construct more than 1,000 miles of FTTP systems in rural areas. Recipients include:


Pembroke Telephone Company; $11,954,000


Alhambra-Grantfork Telephone Company; $8,775,000

Woodhull Telephone Company; $3,403,000

Oneida Telephone Company; $2,619,000


Minburn Telephone Company; $2,921,000


Zenda Telephone Company; $2,950,000

North Dakota/Montana

Reservation Telephone Cooperative; $2,293,000


Medicine Park Telephone Company; $4,236,000

USDA Rural Development funded more than 16,000 miles of FTTP projects during fiscal year 2010 to upgrade, expand or replace networks and perform system maintenance.

Bright House Deploys Cisco ASR 9000 for Carrier Ethernet

Bright House Networks, a cable operator serving more than 2.4 million customers in Florida, California and several other metro markets, has deployed the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers as its Carrier Ethernet platform. The Cisco ASR 9000 is used to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services throughout its converged network. The company also will use the platform to continue to expand its high-speed Internet "Road Runner Lightning" service, using DOCSIS 3.0 technology, to all of its residential and business customers.

"With the Cisco ASR 9000, we gain significant technological and operational advantages," said Craig Cowden, Bright House Networks senior vice president of network engineering and operations. "The Cisco ASR 9000 provides the capacity we need for network bandwidth growth and the necessary quality of service capabilities for our converged triple-play service offerings, while also helping us to simplify network operations."

Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida.