Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dell'Oro: Wireless LAN Market Up 18% in Q1

The wireless LAN market grew 18% year-over-year in 1Q11 thanks to rising shipments and average selling prices (ASPs), according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. All three of the segments – service provider mesh, enterprise, and small office, home office (SOHO), were up by double-digit percentages during the quarter.

According to the report, Buffalo and NETGEAR established new high levels for SOHO revenue during the first quarter of 2011, with Buffalo growing more than 30 percent and NETGEAR growing more than 40 percent, versus the same quarter last year. In the enterprise segment, Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba, Buffalo, and Enterasys all posted sequential revenue growth that exceeded 10 percent.

"While down on a sequential basis, the enterprise WLAN segment exhibited a growth rate of 22 percent year-over-year, reaching $573 million in revenues for the quarter," stated Loren Shalinsky, Senior Analyst of Wireless LAN research at Dell'Oro Group. "Growing acceptance of personal devices such as smartphones and tablets in offices, is leading to greater diversity in sales, and is driving the general enterprise segment. Aruba and HP gained the most market share in the enterprise segment on a year-over-year basis. Aruba's market share grew four percentage points driven by strong sales in North America, while HP's market share grew more than two percentage points as a result of strong sales in Asia Pacific, particularly in China," added Shalinsky.

Entropic Reaches 50 Million MoCA Chipset Shipments

Entropic Communications has shipped more than fifty million MoCA 1.0/1.1 chipsets since 2007.

Entropic's MoCA enables whole-home entertainment networks over existing coax cabling. The Entropic technology is used in solutions now being deployed by Verizon, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications, Brighthouse, and other pay-TV service providers.

"Demand for connected home entertainment is driving what we believe will be a multi-year growth cycle for the consumer electronics industry, and our MoCA solutions are paramount in this advancement," said Patrick Henry, president and CEO, Entropic Communications. "Entropic is focused on further advancing MoCA solutions to give consumers the best experience for video, voice and Internet services and the ultimate control over how, when and where they enjoy their home entertainment."http://www.entropic.com
  • Earlier this year, Entropic announced its latest MoCA offering, MoCA 2.0, an end-to-end solution with MAC, PHY, analog, RF transceiver and RF front-end functionality. It provides 400 Mbps of application throughput in its basic configuration, and is scalable to support 500 Mbps Turbo mode and 800 Mbps /1 Gbps in channel bonded modes. MoCA 2.0 is currently sampling.

First Transatlantic LightRadio Call Placed from Alexander Graham Bell's Desk

Alcatel-Lucent completed the first long-distance, mobile video-call using its new lightRadio platform from the historic desk of Alexander Graham Bell. Chris Lewis, Group Vice President of industry analysts IDC, hosted the call from Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, connecting with Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive of Alcatel-Lucent in Paris, and delegates at a business conference in Miami.

lightRadio is the name of a family of technologies developed by Alcatel-Lucent to transform mobile communications.

The company noted that its now actively engaged with operators such as France Telecom/Orange, Telefonica and China Mobile in co-creating the market implementation of lightRadio.
  • Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio represents a new architecture where the base station, typically located at the base of each cell site tower, is broken into its components elements and distributed through the antenna or the network for cloud-like processing. Additionally the various cell site tower antennas are combined and shrunk into a single small powerful, Bell Labs-pioneered multi frequency, multi standard (2G, 3G, LTE) device that can be mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a broadband connection.

360networks Signs First layer 2 Ethernet/EVPL deal

360networks has signed Montana Opticom as its first customer for Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL).

360networks' EVPL service is fully mesh-protected for ubiquitous connectivity between major carrier hotels, data centers, Internet Exchanges, and neutral peering points across 360networks' entire 18,000 route mile footprint. It eliminates the mileage associated with traditional private line services. Instead, customers pay a monthly recurring charge per port to connect locations in a point-to-point or point-to-multipoint configuration. Because 360networks owns and operates the network its EVPL customers benefit from a level of reliability and control not available from shared network configurations. Combined, these factors enable customers like Montana Opticom to decrease network complexity, improve and optimize capacity, and reduce costs.

Cablevision Targets SIP Trunking for SMBs

Cablevision Systems has expanded its Optimum Voice Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking from Optimum Business with a new offering tailored for small businesses with up to 100 employees. The service is designed for
customers that want to take full advantage of a small business IP PBX system, while avoiding the cost of
an analog gateway and traditional T-1 solutions. In addition, Optimum Voice SIP Trunking is now compliant with Avaya IP Office 6.0.

Key features of Optimum Voice SIP Trunking include:

  • Capacity for 100 Direct Inward Dial (DID) Telephone Numbers – Supports businesses that
    need up 24 simultaneous call sessions and up to 100 individual phone numbers.

  • Immediate ‘Alternate Call Routing' – Businesses are able to specify an alternate phone number
    in the event that an equipment problem is detected, with calls automatically re-routed to ensure
    business continuity. • Flexible Service Adjustments As Needed – Small business customers have the ability for
    dynamic upgrade of service by simply calling the Optimum Business Service department.

  • Caller-ID, White Pages Listing, E911, Call Forwarding, Anonymous Call Blocking and Anonymous Calling.

  • Flat-rate pricing. Specifically, each simultaneous inbound/outbound call session is priced at
    $29.95 per month, and business customers can select to purchase anywhere from four to 24 sessions. The
    first block of 10 DIDs is included. Up to 90 additional DIDs are available per customer and are sold in
    blocks of 10 for $1.95 per block, per month. The flat rate calling area includes the U.S., Canada and
    Puerto Rico. SIP Trunking is exclusive to Optimum Online customers and is available for $29.95 per
    month for the first year.

Ciena Posts Revenue of $417.9 million

Ciena reported revenue of $417.9 million for its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, 2011. The net loss was $(62.7) million (GAAP), or $(0.66) per common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $(90.0) million, or $(0.97) per common share, for the fiscal second quarter 2010.

"Momentum continues to be strong across our business, as evidenced by high levels of customer engagement, additional design wins around the world and strong order flows," said Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. "Having successfully completed all of our critical integration milestones, we now have a strong foundation to optimize the business and gain additional operating leverage as we drive toward sustained profitability," stated Smith. "We expect fiscal third quarter 2011 revenue to be in the range of $435 million to $455 million and adjusted gross margin to be in the low 40s range."

  • Non-U.S. customers contributed 45% of total quarterly revenue.

  • Two 10%-plus customers represented a total of 26% of quarterly revenue.

Cisco Declares $0.06 per Share Dividend

Cisco declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per common share to be paid on July 27, 2011, to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 7, 2011.

Cisco's Board of Directors approved the initiation of quarterly cash dividends to its shareholders in March of 2011. The first quarterly dividend was paid on April 20, 2011. http://www.cisco.com

SFR France Enables IPv6 over L2TP with Cisco ASR 1000

SFR France is using Cisco's L2TP Softwire Tunnel technology to leverage its existing investment in IPv4 network access infrastructure to quickly provide IPv6 services to residential customers. The carrier has selected Cisco Carrier-Grade Internet Protocol Version 6 (CGv6) Solution as a first step in the transition of their network infrastructure to IPv6.

Cisco said its IPv6 over L2TP approach requires limited investment and impact on existing infrastructure. Dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 services on the Residential Gateway (customer) side are enabled. The solution allows IPv6 sites to communicate with each other over an IPv4 core.

An open standard for L2TP is defined in RFC 5571, which describers IPv6 global connectivity over an IPv4 core. This document was approved in August 2009 by the Internet Engineering Steering Group to be published as a Standards Track RFC.

World IPv6 Day Offers "Test Flight" from Major Content Providers

June 8th is World IPv6 Day.

Major content providers, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Comcast, Microsoft Bing, Akamai, Limelight Networks and dozens of others, are marking the day by making a wide range of their content and services available directly over IPv6. The 24-hour demonstration is intended to be a test flight of IPv6 on a world wide scale.

The participating websites are activating IPv6 on their main site while continuing to support IPv4 as normal, so average users should not see any difference. However, the testing potentially could turn up some problems on home networks. Current estimates are that 0.05% of users may experience connectivity issues, and participating organizations will be working together with operating system manufacturers, home router vendors and ISPs to minimize the number of users affected.

The Internet Society, which organized the event, said it is seeking to motivate industry players work together to support the new protocol on an accelerated timeline. By acting together, ISPs, web site operators, OS manufacturers, and equipment vendors will be able to address problems, such as IPv6 brokenness in home networks and incomplete IPv6 interconnection. Also, on the day itself, any global scalability problems can be found in a controlled fashion and resolved cooperatively.

Verizon Runs IPv6 on LTE, Global IP and vBNS Networks

As part of its participation in the World IPv6 Day, Verizon confirmed that it is already running IPv6 on its 4G LTE network, global public IP network and vBNS (very high-speed backbone network service) network.

"World IPv6 Day marks an important industry milestone with the first global-scale trial of IPv6," said Jean McManus, executive director of Verizon's Corporate Technology organization. "Verizon was an early promoter and adopter of IPv6 back in the mid-1990s. It is very positive to see interest in IPv6 continuing to grow, and World IPv6 Day has just added to the IPv6 momentum."

During the 24-hour test period, users with IPv6 connectivity to the Internet will be able to connect to two IPv6-enabled Verizon websites, http://ipv6.verizonbusiness.com and http://wwwv6.verizon.com/fiostvv6/web/.

Cavium Boosts Per-Core Frequency of OCTEON Processor

Cavium Networks has boosted its OCTEON II CN63XX 2 to 6-core MIPS64 processors with up to 10.8GHz of 64 bit processing with each CPU core running at up to 1.8GHz to customers worldwide.

This new 1.8GHz operating frequency more than doubles the CPU core frequency available relative to the previous generation of OCTEON Plus processors.

The higher per-core frequency allows Cavium to address new markets including higher-end control plane, and integrated control and data plane applications that require high single-threaded software performance.


GSMA: World Tops 500 Million HSPA Connections

The number of HSPA Mobile Broadband connections in service worldwide will surpass the 500 million mark by the end of June, according to the GSMA. The last 100 million subscribers were added since February, making HSPA the faster growing wireless technology ever. About 19 million new HSPA connections are being added per month. The rate of HSPA Mobile Broadband adoption in its first six years is ten times greater than the take up of 2G mobile phones when they were first introduced in the mid 1990s. By the end of 2012, the number of HSPA connections could top one billion.

The GSMA expects that over the next five years mobile operators will invest almost $100 billion. in HSPA, HSPA+ and next-generation LTE networks.

"Mobile Broadband has completely revolutionised the way we communicate. Smartphones are now essential life devices for many people and are used for everything from social networking to getting directions, listening to music and streaming content," said Michael O'Hara, chief marketing officer at the GSMA. "In parallel, we have seen a huge rise in the number of connected devices, such as tablets and laptops, with people now relying on the ability to connect from anywhere."http://www.gsmworld.com

Dell'Oro WLAN Report - June2011


Loren Shalinsky, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group, discusses the growing movement by Service Providers to adopt aggregated Wi-Fi offload solutions, recent developments in the market for enterprise WLAN gear, and future technology trends.http://www.delloro.com

Quantenna's 802.11n 4x4 MIMO Chipset Gains Wi-Fi Certification

Quantenna Communications' 802.11n 4x4 MIMO chipset with dynamic digital beamforming has achieved Wi-Fi certification. The Quantenna 4x4 MIMO achieves extremely high performance in applications such as video bridges and residential gateways.

"Now that our Wi-Fi certification is in place for our next generation chipset, we expect that we will continue to enhance our customer base of this already emerging market. Consumers will be able to stream high-definition video content whenever and wherever they want, unleashing a new realm of wireless video distribution to in the home," said Dr. Sam Heidari, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Research and Development for Quantenna. "Quantenna on the forefront of the Wi-Fi video distribution revolution that promises to transform the way millions of people distribute, share and watch HDTV in the home."http://www.quatenna.com

Monday, June 6, 2011

FCC Appoints Rick Kaplan as Chief of Wireless Telecom Bureau

Rick Kaplan, currently Chief Counsel and Senior Legal Advisor to the FCC Chairman, will succeed Ms. Ruth Milkman as Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Milkman is departing the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to serve as Special Counsel to the Chairman for Innovation in Government.

Prior to his current role in the Office of the Chairman, Mr. Kaplan previously served as Chief of Staff for
Commission Mignon Clyburn, and as deputy coordinator of the FCC DTV task force under then-Acting
Chairman Michael Copps. He practiced regulatory law and appellate litigation at Sidley Austin LLP, and
served in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives. http://www.fcc.gov

Boingo Wireless Posts $21 Million in Quarterly Revenue

Boingo Wireless, which recently completed its IPO, reported first quarter revenue of $21.0 million, compared to $18.5 million for the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 13.7 percent. During the first quarter, the company generated $5.7 million in cash from operating activities and ended the first quarter with overall cash and investments of $33.9 million. This excludes cash received from its IPO, which was completed on May 3, 2011. http://www.boingo.com

Optelian Appoints Stephen Loudermilk as Director of Marketing

Optelian, which develops optical transport networks, has appointed Stephen Loudermilk as Director of Marketing. Prior to joining Optelian, Mr. Loudermilk oversaw social media, marketing, analyst and public relations for Alcatel-Lucent's Services Group.

Fujitsu Launches Global Cloud Service Powered by Windows Azure

Fujitsu is ready to launch a Global Cloud Platform service powered by Microsoft Windows Azure. The cloud service platform is now running in Fujitsu's datacenter in Japan and will be launched as a commercial service in August 2011.

The Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform service, FGCP/A5, is the result of the strategic partnership between Fujitsu and Microsoft on the development of a Fujitsu-branded cloud service running specifically on Fujitsu servers with scalable compute and storage powered by Windows Azure. The appliance will be operated from a Fujitsu datacenter in Japan, and will run the Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform, FGCP/A5, the first cloud service hosted in Japan to provide Windows Azure developers with a familiar and consistent application and data platform.

FGCP/A5 offers a set of application development frameworks, such as Microsoft .NET, Java and PHP, and data storage capabilities consistent with the Windows Azure platform provided by Microsoft. The basic service consists of compute, storage, Microsoft SQL Azure and Windows Azure AppFabric technologies such as Service Bus and Access Control Service, with options for interoperating services covering implementation and migration of applications, system building, systems operation and support.

AT&T Cuts Electricity Consumption by 16.6% in 2010

AT&T reduced the electricity intensity of its operations by 16.6% in 2010 by implementing a variety of programs, according to the company's newly released 2010 Sustainability Report. Significantly, A&T reduced the electricity associated with a terabyte of data from 498 kWh/terabyte of data in 2009 to 418 kWh/terabyte of data in 2010.

Some highlights of the 76 page report:

  • Realized $44 million in annualized energy savings from implementing 4,200 energy- savings projects

  • . AT&T's Domestic Carbon Footprint, which is company-wide greenhouse gas (GHG)
    emissions (metric tons CO2-equivalent) came in at 8,925,724, down slightly from 8,931,090 in 2009, and down from 9,066,626 in 2008.

  • By year end 2010, reached total deployment of 3,487 alternative-fuel vehicles in 538 cities as part of AT&T's 2009 plan to roll out approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles through 2018. This includes 2,472 CNG vehicles, 1,013 Hybrid vehicles and 2 Electric vehicles.

  • Avoided the purchase of more than 1 million gallons of traditional petroleum fuel because of its use of compressed natural gas vehicles in its corporate fleet

  • Worked with students at Vanderbilt University to conduct an assessment of AT&T's water usage and publish the company's first ever water footprint

  • Participated in the Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) Climate Corps program, an initiative to help companies identify large-scale energy efficiency opportunities. AT&T and EDF identified a potential savings of 80% in lighting-related electricity usage across more than 100 million square feet of AT&T space

  • Teamed with clean energy technology company Petra Solar to provide communications and information technology support for nearly 200,000 solar power generating stations atop utility poles throughout New Jersey. The units – which communicate with the power grid using AT&T's wireless network – are expected to generate 40 Megawatts of solar-driven power to communities.

  • AT&T produced 2,849,896 annual kWh of solar electricity in 2010, up from 1,626,221 annual kWh in 2009.

  • For 2011, AT&T has set a goal of reducing the electricity consumption across the company relative to data growth on its network by 17 percent as compared with year 2010.


Tata Picks Cisco ASR 9000 for Carrier Ethernet Across India

Tata Communications will deploy the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000) for its next-generation Ethernet network service throughout India. Financial terms were not disclosed. The companies expect IP traffic in India to grow nine-fold from 2010 to 2015, a compound annual growth rate of 54%. IP traffic in India is expected to reach 1.2 Exabytes per month in 2015, up from 137 Petabytes per month in 2010. Also, there are expected to be one billion networked devices in India by 2015, up from 570 million in 2010.http://www.cisco.com