Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Macheen Raises $10 Million for Mobile Cloud Services

Macheen, a start-up based in Austin, Texas and Düsseldorf, Germany, raised $10 million in series B financing for its cloud-based services platform for connected devices.

Macheen enables connected device makers and retailers to deliver products that are pre-connected to the Internet via mobile networks. Macheen's multi-tenant, cloud-based platform supports new business models for device makers, retailers, cloud service providers and network operators alike.

The funding round was led by North Bridge Venture Capital. Macheen's existing investors also participated in this new round of financing. Existing investors include DFJ Mercury, which led last year's Series A financing and is a partner in the DFJ Global Network of venture funds. Angel investors include Tom Meredith, Mike Maples Sr. and Yechiam Yemini.

Aylus Raises $16 Million for Mobile MRF Platform

Aylus Networks, a start-up based in Westford, MA, raised $16 million in venture funding for its infrastructure software for enabling video communication services over mobile networks.

The Aylus Media Platform is an integrated solution that includes media switching, signaling and processing, session management, content portal and storage management, and analytics. The company features a patented media switching and processing platform (also known as a Media Resource Function (MRF)) that performs real-time media transcoding, transizing, and transrating. It also provides rich session management tools.

"The dawn of video becoming the new voice is upon us," said Mark Edwards, CEO Aylus Networks. "The emergence of powerful video-ready smartphones and tablets, high-speed mobile networks, and consumers becoming accustomed to video calling on the desktop establishes the ideal conditions for the mass adoption of mobile video calling. For video calling to be a mass-market phenomenon it needs to be offered as a seamless add-on option to a voice call."

London UK-based m8 Capital led the financing, with existing backers, Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners, who fully participated their pro rata share.

  • Aylus was founded by Shamim Naqvi. Previously, he was co-founder and chairman of Winphoria Networks, a Cellular Push-to-Talk and wireless SoftSwitch company now part of Motorola Corporation. Previously, Shamim was Vice President of Software Research at Lucent Bell Labs and co-pioneer of the revolutionary SoftSwitch technology for wireline and wireless networks.

Ekinops Supplies Optical Transport for Bezeq

Bezeq, Israel's largest telecommunications service provider, will deploy the Ekinops 360 optical transport and DWDM platform to connect key Bezeq sites in the north and south of the country. The solution is being supplied in partnership with Rotal Networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Half of the country is already connected to the new NGN and in 2011 we expect to reach 80 percent" said Mr. Itzik Cohen, director of transport and data engineering at Bezeq. "Every week thousands of new homes are being connected and we need to have the optical backbone to support this growth."

BroadLight Announces the Helios Access Processor

BroadLight release a new line of "Helios" embedded processor for the access customer premise equipment (CPE). The 40nm, multi-core processor can be used in Ethernet Access Gateways, VoIP-enabled access, business CPE, security appliances and integrated wireless business routers.

Calix Racks Up Another Broadband Stimulus Win

West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative (WK&T) has selected the Calix B6 Ethernet Service Access Nodes (ESANs) and the 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for its Fiber Forward initiative across western Kentucky and Tennessee.

This latest project means that Calix is now participating in over 55 Broadband Stimulus projects across the country with a cumulative value of over $1 billion in grants, loans and private investment. Network access equipment typically represents a small portion of the overall project budget.

The new project with WK&T will provide this rural region with infrastructure capable of delivering 1 Gbps service speeds to its subscribers. Upon completion, this deployment will be one of the nation's largest Active Ethernet deployments, bringing advanced IPTV services, extremely fast data services, and high-quality voice services to 21,000 homes and 99 critical community institutions such as schools, libraries and public buildings across a nine-county service area. The aggregate value of the award is $124 million, making it one of the largest "last mile" Broadband Stimulus awards and the largest single award focused on wireline services.

WK&T's award consists of a $62 million grant and a $62 million loan to be used for plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment.

"Our rural region and its subscribers will now enjoy the benefits of a world class fiber network infrastructure," said Trevor Bonnstetter, CEO of WK&T. "We are looking at this project as a strategic investment in the future of our communities, stimulating economic development and providing the residents and businesses in our service area the foundation for long-term economic growth. The combination of Calix's broad residential and business ONT portfolio, our existing investment in the B6 ESANs, and comprehensive network management via the Calix Management System (CMS) provides us with an ideal solution, and gives us confidence that we will be delivering new opportunity to the deserving subscribers of our region."

LightSquared Evaluates Alternative Frequency to Avoid GPS Interference

The FCC granted a two week extension to LightSquared to comment on a study that found significant interference potential between its satellite+LTE network and existing GPS. The study report, which was originally due on June 15, is based on testing done last month at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The two week extension allows LightSquared to analyze additional testing, beyond what had been planned initially. The new testing involved alternative frequency plans that might avoid the interference.

GPS Coalition Opposes LightSquared Extension

The "Coalition to Save our GPS", whose members include leading navigation companies, the Air Transport Association, Deere & Company and others, held a press conference to condemn the further extension granted to LightSquared. The Coalition argues that any threats to the reception of GPS signals will put lives in danger and could have catastrophic effects on systems already deployed. The group has the backing of 33 Senators, 66 Representatives and numerous political committees.

Qualcomm Atheros + Freescale Offer Wi-Fi Chip for M2M and SmartGrid

Qualcomm Atheros introduced a highly integrated Wi-Fi system-in-package (SIP) for microcontroller (MCU) based design. The new module is based on Qualcomm Atheros' 802.11b/g/n single-stream Qualcomm Atheros Align technology and is aimed at machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in the smart home/building/grid markets.

The AR4100 is the industry's smallest FCC-certified SIP package, integrating all Wi-Fi functionality into a low profile 8.3 mm by 9.2 mm LGA package that can be mounted via low-cost PCB manufacturing flows. It is optimized for client applications hosted by low-resource MCUs that send infrequent data packets over the network. MCUs interface to the AR4100 via a simple serial peripheral interface bus (SPI) and will be initially aimed at customers in the smart home, smart grid and smart building markets.

Qualcomm Atheros is collaborating with Freescale Semiconductor to bring the AR4100 to market. The two companies have worked together to develop an implementation for Freescale's Tower development System. The TWR-WIFI-AR4100 is a peripheral module for the Tower System that allows the AR4100 to be quickly added to tower designs based on select Kinetis and Coldfire processors.

Comcast Demos 1 Gbps, IP-enabled STBs, Cloud-based Program Guide

At The Cable Show in Chicago, Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts showcased a 1 Gbps DOCSIS connection. During the demo, Roberts downloaded all 23 episodes of Season 5 of "30 Rock" – close to nine hours of content – in about 90 seconds.

The demo bonded 32 channels on the company's DOCSIS network in Chicago to deliver one billion bits per second over 11 miles of fiber and coax to the NCTA show floor at McCormick Place Convention Center.

"This demonstration of extreme 1 Gbps speed on our network is another leap forward in innovation, and we're excited to work with developers to see what amazing new applications could take advantage of the next evolution of broadband," Mr. Roberts said.

Roberts also unveiled the next generation Xfinity TV system featuring a new program guide and user interface designed to make the TV screen more interactive, personal and social. The interface will integrate with Facebook. The video content is delivered using the company's traditional MPEG platform. Trials are underway in Georgia.

Intel is supplying the CPU and graphics silicon for new IP set-top boxes required for the service's advanced user interface. The STB is being developed by Pace plc, and will integrate tru2way and IP capability. thePlatform, a video publishing company wholly owned by Comcast, is bringing its cloud-based video publishing system, mpx, as the content management infrastructure for the service.

Comcast has also formed a strategic partnership with Skype . This will enable Comcast customers to communicate through HD video calling on their television.

Aviat to Supply its Trunking Microwave Radio in Maldives

Aviat Networks will supply its recently introduced WTM 6000 trunking microwave radios to Wataniya Telecom Maldives. Since 2008, Aviat Networks has served as the sole microwave backhaul provider for Wataniya Telecom Maldives as it moved from 2G to 3G. The new WTM 6000 long-distance trunking radios will support its transition to Next Generation Networks and eventually to LTE, delivering up to 4Gbps aggregate IP-data throughput in the backhaul network.

Verizon's On-Demand Cloud Computing Solution Achieves PCI Compliance

Verizon's cloud-based Computing as a Service successfully completed a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) audit for the second year running. The audit ensures that retailers and other organizations that process credit card transactions can move critical payment applications to the Verizon cloud.

To become PCI DSS-validated, Verizon CaaS' physical and virtual infrastructure underwent a comprehensive third-party examination of its policies, procedures and technical systems, as well as an on-site assessment and system wide vulnerability scan for storing, processing and transmitting credit card information.

Dell'Oro: Upgrades Expected for Service Provider Core Routers

The worldwide Service Provider Core Router market grew 11% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2011, its fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. In 1Q11, Cisco Systems maintained its dominant position in the core router market, followed by Juniper Networks and Huawei.

"We are on the verge of a major shift in core router technologies and increased market competition," said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "All of the major vendors have introduced new high capacity and scalable systems, and we believe that service providers will be evaluating, testing, and eventually buying these products in the near future," added Umeda.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cotendo Raises $17 million for Content Acceleration Service

Cotendo, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $17 million private funding for its cloud-based content acceleration technologies.

Cotendo offers an integrated suite of Web and Mobile Acceleration Services from its 30 global distributed point of presence (POPs). Cotendo's single platform software includes acceleration services for dynamic web applications, static and dynamic web content, SSL, Advanced DNS, Adaptive Image Compression, performance monitoring and automatic failover as well as real-time reports and analytics. Cotendo also offers a distributed cloud application environment called Cloudlet that allows decision-making (logic, data) at the edge, closest to the end users.

Strategic investors and new business partners Citrix Systems and Juniper Networks, through its Junos Innovation Fund, participated in this round of funding along with existing venture backers Sequoia, Benchmark and Tenaya Capital. Citrix and Juniper, market leaders in their respective industries, join the growing ranks of Cotendo strategic partners, including AT&T, Google and Sumitomo.

The synergy between the services and technologies of Citrix Systems and Cotendo blend on-premise physical and virtual appliances. The goal is to provide content acceleration and cloud services that optimize delivery from the end user all the way to the enterprise over distributed networks.

The relationship between Juniper Networks and Cotendo will address the demand of service providers for technologies that will enable them to offer value added services and over-the-top services to content providers. This includes mobile carriers, large ISPs, and telecom companies that buy products to serve enterprise customers. Service providers will be able to offer complementary services, with high performance and a low cost of equipment-based capabilities. These software-implemented services on flexible platforms will enable them to gain competitiveness and agility in the marketplace.

Cotendo will also launch and commercialize its new Mobile Acceleration Suite.

France to Open 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz Spectrum for LTE

ARCEP, the telecom regulatory authority in France, will open digital dividend spectrum in the 800 MHz frequency band and spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band for 4G mobile services. ARCEP has now opened applications for spectrum awards in these two frequencies.

The deadline set for submitting applications to ARCEP are: 12 p.m. on 15th September 2011 for the 2.6 GHz band, and 12 p.m. on 15th December 2011 for the 800 MHz band. The Authority will be allocating 2.6 GHz-band spectrum in autumn 2011 and 800 MHz-band spectrum in early 2012.

Ikanos Appoints Banatao as CEO, Reconfirms Q2 Guidance

John Quigley has resigned as president and CEO of Ikanos and as a member of its board of directors. The company named Diosdado Banatao, the executive chairman of Ikanos, as interim president and CEO effective immediately. A permanent CEO is being sought.

Banatao has been the Company's chairman of the board since August 2009 and executive chairman of the board since April 2010 and previously served as the Company's interim president and chief executive officer from April 2010 to July 2010. Banatao has served as a founder and managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital, a venture capital firm, since July 2000.

In addition, the company confirmed its revenue and earnings outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The Company expects its revenues for the second quarter to be between $31.0 million and $34.0 million.

WildBlue offers 1 Mbps Satellite Broadband for $40 for Qualified Customers

With funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), WildBlue will begin offering a discounted price of $39.95 per month for satellite Internet service with 1 Mbps downlink performance. The service will be offered to rural households in the West and Midwest which are unserved by other broadband alternative. The new service package began selling June 3 and includes lifetime pricing for the customer.
  • In August 2010, WildBlue Communications, a subsidiary of ViaSat, won a grant valued at $19.5 million to connect unserved residents to affordable broadband services. The funding comes from the Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). Subscribers covered by the grant would receive service from one of WildBlue's three current satellites - Anik-F2, WildBlue-1, and AMC-15 - and starting in mid 2011, from the new high-capacity ViaSat-1 satellite.

Symmetricom Expands its SyncWorld Ecosystem Program

Symmetricom has expanded its "SyncWorld" Ecosystem Program to include communications test and measurement companies, including Anue Systems, Calnex, Chronos, EXFO, Ixia, and JDSU.

The SyncWorld Ecosystem Program supports interoperability and promotes a standards-based approach to support precise timing and synchronization requirements for communications networks. The six new member companies join the growing list of organizations which are already a part of the SyncWorld Ecosystem Program including: Alcatel-Lucent, Aviat, Brocade, Ciena, Cisco, Extreme Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), PMC-Sierra, RAD Data Communications, and Telco Systems.

"Communications test and measurement devices are essential for testing network performance to ensure precise delivery of timing and synchronization and meet standards requirements," said Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing at Symmetricom. "We will continue to enhance the SyncWorld Ecosystem Program to expand and build alliances with industry partners and to address issues important to our mutual end synchronization customers."

Industry Players Call for Compromise in LightSquared Interference Dispute

A coalition of network industry players are urging the FCC "to create an environment where
LightSquared and GPS can co-exist. Indeed, crafting such a solution is consistent with the charter of the
FCC, who defines its mission as promoting competition, innovation, and investment in broadband
services and encouraging the highest and best use of spectrum." The companies backing this position argue that the LightSquared network will sharply increase the nation's broadband capacity, enhancing wireless competition and providing additional choice, but that it most do so without compromising GPS. Thy believe there is room to develop a
"win-win" solution for America where LightSquared and GPS can co-exist. Over 30 companies signed the petition, including CENX, XO Communications, RCA-the competitive carriers association and others.

LulzSec Claims Attack on CIA Public Website

Lulz Security, the hacktivist group behind numerous recent cyber attacks including the U.S. Senate, temporarily knocked the CIA's public website offline on Wednesday. The group takes credit for its exploits on Twitter.http://

Hibernia Atlantic's Project Express Targets Sub <60 Millisecond Latency

Hibernia Atlantic is conducting a deep-sea submarine survey along the the transatlantic route of its forthcoming Project Express cable build. The submarine survey will use specialist ships to sail the exact planned route of the cable from Brean, England to Halifax, Nova Scotia, ensuring the chosen route is free of obstacles and to assess the installation techniques to be used.

Hibernia Atlantic is engineering the Project Express cable to offer the lowest latency route from New York to London of less than 60 milliseconds. The company said will be the fastest, most direct route connecting the continents since the deployment of the first telegraph cables.

  • In January 2011, Hibernia Atlantic announced a $250 million financing commitment for its Project Express, a new, low-latency fiber optic cable system connecting the greater New York City area with London. The new build is expected to be complete in the summer of 2012. Hibernia Atlantic has already secured its first new customers on the cable. The new funding came Huawei Marine Networks Co., which is one of the vendors for the project.