Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ericsson Money Services Launches in 7 European Countries

Ericsson Money Services, which allows consumers to transfer money to family and friends using their mobile phones, has launched across seven Europe1an countries -- UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Sweden.

Ericsson plans to make the service available to the rest of Europe soon. The company, which also plans to launch a similar service globally (via Ericsson Money Interconnect), said its goal is making sending money as quick, easy and natural as sending a text message a reality for people around the world.

Avaya Files for $1 Billion IPO

Avaya Holdings Corp. (Avaya), the parent company of Avaya Inc., filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of $1 billion of its common stock. The joint book-runners of the proposed offering will be Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital Inc., UBS Investment Bank and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC.
  • In September 2009, Avaya prevailed its bid to acquire Nortel Enterprise Solutions at auction for US $900 million in proceeds to Nortel and an additional pool of $15 million reserved for an employee retention program.

  • In October 2007, Avaya was delisted from the NYSE (ticker: AV) in a privatization deal in which Silver Lake and TPG Capital paid approximately $8.3 billion.

  • In October 2000, Avaya was spun off from Lucent Technologies. Previously, it was part of AT&T.

Huawei M2M Modules Certified by Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless has certified two machine-to-machine (M2M) embedded modules from Huawei for operation over its network. The MC323 is a low cost 2G module that is designed for applications that are used in business-to-business applications including fleet management, utilities, retail, security, asset tracking and other M2M applications. The EM660 provides capabilities that are tuned to the unique needs of laptops, tablets and M2M solutions.

Sprint and Motorola Announce Reinvigorated Alliance

Sprint and its prepaid brands of Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will launch more than 10 new Motorola devices in 2011, including the newly unveiled Motorola PHOTON 4G, boasting Sprint 4G, Android 2.3, Sprint ID and worldphone capabilities.

The agreement marks a reinvigorated alliance between Sprint and Motorola.

Two new devices were communicated today as part of this relationship, including the iconic Motorola PHOTON 4G, Motorola's first Sprint 4G device with a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM, and the Motorola TRIUMPH, the first Virgin Mobile USA device from Motorola.

"Over the years, we have teamed with Motorola to bring top of the line devices to our customers across both prepaid and postpaid brands," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. "I am pleased to see our collaboration grow. Together we will enhance the customer experience by bringing innovative devices to market, such as the Motorola PHOTON 4G and Motorola TRIUMPH."

NSN Completes GSM Dual Full Rate Call with OSC-DFR

Nokia Siemens Networks announced the first pre-commercial call exploiting Orthogonal Sub-Channel Dual Full Rate (OSC-DFR) software.

Orthogonal Sub Channel (OSC) technology carries four calls in one GSM radio timeslot, effectively doubling the voice capacity of the GSM radio network.

The company said OSC-DFR will provide a 100% increase in GSM voice capacity and significantly enhanced speech quality. Operators who have deployed the commonly used Adaptive Multi Rate-Full Rate (AMR FR) in their networks can use the OSC-DFR feature to achieve unmatched speech quality and at the same time can nearly double their voice capacity. Nokia Siemens Networks' new GSM feature will be used in customer pilots from the end of June 2011.

"The new feature builds on our OSC innovation of 2009, and extends its capabilities by offering better speech quality along with an increase in voice handling capacity," said Kimmo Virkki, head of GSM product management at Nokia Siemens Networks. "OSC-DFR can reduce capital and operations expenditure for operators as it requires fewer carrier units and base station sites as well as less transport capacity. Moreover, the OSC-DFR feature allows operators to accommodate more voice and data traffic into the existing spectrum, thus facilitating the reuse or refarming of 3G/LTE services in GSM frequency bands."

10 Years Ago: SuperComm 2001 Attracted over 54,000

SuperComm 2001, held June 6-9 in Atlanta, attracted just over 54,000 attendees, topping the previously year's 53,000 attendance. There were a record 853 exhibiting companies.

The record breaking event was produced by the United States Telecom Association (USTA) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

Rogers Picks Ottawa for First LTE Rollout

Rogers Communications has selected Ottawa to launch its first commercial LTE service this summer. Enrollment is now open for Rogers' customers in Ottawa who want to reserve a spot in the initial rollout. The company is offering an LTE "Rocket" stick from Sierra Wireless as its first LTE device.

Rogers announced a comprehensive technical trial of LTE in Ottawa and Montreal last year to ready itself for a smooth commercial deployment in 2011. At its Annual General Meeting in April, Rogers announced that it would launch commercial LTE network services in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in 2011 followed by the top 25 markets in 2012.

Verizon Cuts Energy Consumption at 24 U.S. Data Centers

Verizon has implemented an aggressive, intelligent energy-management systems from Vigilent to significantly cut energy consumption and carbon emissions at 24 of its U.S. data centers. Vigilent energy management systems consist of hundreds of wireless temperature sensors at each data center that are connected through an intelligent mesh network to on-site servers using energy management software. The company said this new system enabled it to:

  • Turn off approximately 40 percent of the computer room air conditioners in these data centers within two days of implementing the energy management systems, providing an instant reduction in energy consumption and an anticipated savings of more than 55 million kilowatts annually.

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 66 million pounds of CO2 on an annualized basis.

  • Decrease average temperatures by two degrees Fahrenheit throughout the data centers, with significantly reduced temperature fluctuations and extremes.

Verizon noted that its energy reduction and recycling initiatives in its facilities around the globe reduced CO2 emissions by more than 297.5 million pounds in 2010, leading to an improvement of more than 15 percent in the rate of emissions per terabyte of data.

"Vigilent energy management systems have reduced cooling consumption by more than 40 percent as well as provided important safeguards that help improve our uptime," said Mark Capurso, director of national technical operations at Verizon. "This combination of energy savings and improved efficiencies goes a long way toward helping meet Verizon's goal of improving its carbon efficiency by 15 percent this year.

Russia's MTS Selects Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS for Mobile Backhaul

Russia's Mobile TeleSystems has selected Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS-based mobile backhaul solution for supporting 3G mobile broadband. Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) in line with related services including design, installation and commissioning for full turnkey project implementation. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CitiGroup Suffers Data Breach

CitiGroup reported that hackers have compromised the security of "hundreds of thousands" of credit card customers in the U.S. The cyber intruders gained access to general account information, including name, account number and contact information.

MRV Readies 100 Gbps DWDM Platform for Metro, Regional, Long-Haul

MRV Communications unveiled plans for a standards-based, 100Gbps DWDM optical transport solution for metro, regional and long-haul networks The new platform will leverage DP-QPSK modulation and coherent detection technologies to ensure backward compatibility with existing network infrastructure.

Separately, MRV also announced today that Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) will strengthen its existing, longtime partnership with MRV and plans to deploy MRV's 100Gbps optical transport solution. AMS-IX is one of the largest and fastest-growing Internet exchanges in the world. Currently, AMS-IX has deployed MRV's 10Gbps DWDM optical systems in its core network to enable backbone transport solutions which connect Internet exchange services.

"MRV OCS' new 100Gbps system will offer service providers a reliable solution that is fully compatible with existing 10/40Gbps optical transport networks and allow them to reap the financial benefits of next-generation services for years to come," said Barry Gorsun, President, for MRV OCS. "Bandwidth demand and IP traffic continue to increase without showing any sign of slowing. 100Gbps network capacity will soon become a very important component of the strategy of forward-thinking service providers."

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."
  • 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.

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.