Thursday, July 7, 2011

IPtronics Raises $6 Million for Parallel Optical Interconnects

IPtronics, a privately-held company based in Roskilde, Denmark, secured $6 million in follow-up funding for its parallel optical interconnect silicon.

IPtronics' chips enable parallel optical interconnect modules that are used in next generation system interfaces and backplanes.

The new funding came from existing investors including private investor group 10IPT10 and venture capital funds Creandum and Sunstone Capital.
  • IPtronics A/S was established end 2003 by former Managers, Innovators and Technical Staff from GIGA A/S.

ZTE Opens R&D Lab at Technical University Dresden

ZTE and Technical University Dresden signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the opening of an R&D centre.

The focus of the R&D centre will be on Long Term Evolution (LTE), especially in Time Division Duplex (TDD) technology.

Since entering the TDD-LTE field in 2005, ZTE has achieved sustainable development on TDD-LTE wireless systems, chipsets and terminals. So far it has established eight TDD-LTE R&D centres in America, Europe and the Chinese cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai, Xi'an and Nanjing. The company has 4,000 researchers involved in the R&D and global promotion of LTE products.

ZTE Secures US$900 Million Syndicated Loan to Hedge Rise in RMB

ZTE has secured a US$900 million syndicated term loan from 10 leading international banks. ZTE said that raising the debt in US dollars is an effective way to hedge against the appreciation of RMB.

The banks participating in the loan are:

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

DBS Bank Ltd.

United Overseas Bank Limited

Banco Santander, S.A., Hong Kong Branch

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.


Hang Seng Bank Limited

Maybank, Hong Kong Branch

China Construction Bank Corporation, Hong Kong Branch

The Bank of Nova Scotia
  • In May 2009, The Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank) granted a US$10 billion credit line to ZTE Corporation. Under the cooperation agreement, ZTE and China Exim Bank joined together to establish a financing platform to support ZTE and its holding subsidiaries in overseas market activities including export seller's credit, export buyer's credit, import credit, preferential foreign loans, transferred loans of foreign governments and trade financing, as well as other premium financial services. ZTE agreed to deal with China Exim Bank as a principal banker and handle loans and relevant businesses through China Exim Bank.

Juniper Appoints CIO and VP of Manufacturing

Juniper Networks has appointed Bask Iyer as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Iyer joins Juniper Networks from Honeywell, where he most recently served as company-wide CIO and a member of the leadership team driving its IT vision, strategy and operating plan.

Juniper also announced the appointment of Martin J. Garvin as senior vice president of manufacturing operations.
Garvin most recently served as senior vice president and chief procurement officer at Dell, where he was responsible for the strategic leadership and operation of Dell' s global supply chain.

Telenor Deploys LTE in Svalbard -- the Northernmost 4G

Telenor Norway is launching the world's northernmost LTE site on Svalbard, an archipelago located at 78°13'N in the Arctic Circle.

The unique LTE site, which uses Huawei's industry-leading SingleRAN LTE solution, is deployed in Longyearbyen, Svalbard's largest settlement and the world's most northerly town. The equipment will have to endure extreme cold in winter, when the temperature plummets to 50 degrees below zero.

The companies noted that built the first telegraph tower on these islands one hundred years ago.

Mr. Harald Norvik, chairman of the board of Telenor Group, said, "Svalbard has changed radically in recent years, and we have continually improved the communications options for the local populace. The launch of this advanced LTE network marks the next step in our evolution."

Nokia Siemens Networks Releases GSM M2M Software

Nokia Siemens Networks is preparing a new M2M software suite for GSM that helps prevent the overloading of networks with traffic, avoiding network congestion and supporting M2M reliability and growth.

The new M2M software suite for GSM is based on a proprietary, precise paging feature that efficiently reduces the amount of signaling information between M2M mobile stations and base transceiver stations. As a result, GSM operators with M2M service businesses don't require additional base station sites to accommodate more M2M users.

As part of its M2M suite, Nokia Siemens Networks also offers priority class based Quality of Service (QoS), prioritizing urgent M2M transactions such as health and security related information. The company said its software suite also helps operators to better manage less critical loads during peak hours, which adds to the robustness of the network. The suite also boasts a Smart Resource Adaptation (SRA) feature, which enables up to five times more M2M subscriptions.

NSN forecasts that GSM subscriptions supporting M2M applications will reach 1 billion by 2015.

"M2M applications create both additional information and signaling load on the network," said Thorsten Robrecht, head of Network Systems product management at Nokia Siemens Networks. "In mass-M2M applications, such as smart metering, the additional monthly payload is low, typically less than 1 Megabyte per subscriber. However, there will always be additional signaling load for every data transaction. Since M2M data transactions are expected to grow by ten times in the next few years, signaling will be a very relevant issue for operators. Our M2M software suite reduces signaling by up to 70%."

Qualtre Raises $10M for Silicon MEMS Gyroscope

Qualtre, a start-up based in Marlborough, Massachusetts, raised $10 million in venture funding for its tri-axial solid-state silicon BAW (bulk-acoustic wave) gyroscope.

Qualtre is pioneering a solid-state silicon MEMS motion sensor for consumer electronics. Engineering samples are now available. The company's product development efforts build upon years of research conducted by its founder and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Farrokh Ayazi, at Georgia Tech's renowned Integrated MEMS Laboratory.

Investors include Matrix Partners and Pilot House Ventures.

RadiSys Closes Acquisition of Continuous Computing

RadiSys completed its previously announced acquisition of Continuous Computing Corporation for approximately $73 million in cash, funded with cash on hand, and 3,665,460 shares of RadiSys common stock. In addition to the consideration payable at closing, RadiSys will make earn-out payments based on revenues generated by a specified set of Trillium products over a three year period following the closing of the acquisition.

Upon closing, Mike Dagenais became RadiSys' Chief Executive Officer and a member of the RadiSys Board of Directors, Brian Bronson became President and Chief Financial Officer of RadiSys and Scott Grout becomes Vice Chair of the RadiSys Board of Directors. Mike Dagenais was previously Continuous Computing's President and CEO and joined Continuous Computing in this role in December of 2006. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Optical Solutions and led the company through a period of unprecedented growth, culminating in the successful acquisition of Optical Solutions by Calix Networks.

The acquisition transforms RadiSys into a larger global market leader in embedded hardware and software. The acquisition is expected to expand the company's revenues, profitability and EPS with the addition of Continuous Computing's approximately 50 percent gross margin Next Generation products. The combination is also expected to meaningfully expand the company's non-GAAP gross margin rate to the high 30's by the end of 2012. The company expects that the combined organization will benefit from economies of scale and meaningful expense and cost efficiencies in 2012 and beyond.

Mobily Saudi Arabia Tests 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

Mobily, the official brand name of Etihad Etisalat in Saudi Arabia, has completed a trial of 100 Gbps technology in Jeddah with Alcatel-Lucent.

"Mobily is committed to providing its customers with innovative communications solutions. The introduction of 100G will allow us to meet the ongoing business and entertainment broadband needs of both current and new customers as we continue to grow our subscriber base in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," said Abdul Aziz Al Tamami, COO of Mobily.

The Alcatel-Lucent 100G solution used for the trial is part of its Converged Backbone Transformation (CBT) solution which integrates IP and optical transport technologies, and is based on Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS).

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ixia Sees Weaker Q2

Ixia announced preliminary results for Q2 2011, saying it now expects total revenue to be in the range of $67.0 million to $69.0 million, below the company's previous guidance of $78.0 million to $82.0 million.

Ixia attributed the weaker than expected Q2 results to lower than expected revenue from Asia Pacific and from certain large equipment makers, as well as orders received late in the quarter that could not be fulfilled in the second quarter. Revenue from Cisco Systems, Ixia's largest customer, and from service providers was in line with expectations.

On a GAAP basis, Ixia expects to report breakeven net earnings per diluted share to a net loss of $0.01 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2011, compared with the company's prior guidance of net earnings of $0.08 to $0.12 per diluted share.

"We are disappointed with our revenue performance this quarter, which was impacted by several factors, including delays and reductions in spending by certain large network equipment makers, a large wireless order received too late in the quarter to ship and soft sales in the Asia Pacific region, said Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO of Ixia. While we expected revenue from Japan to decline sequentially from the record first quarter, we experienced unexpected weakness in other parts of Asia Pacific, such as China and India."

TeliaSonera joins the M2M Roaming Pact with FT and DT

TeliaSonera has signed the cooperation agreement with France Telecom-Orange and Deutsche Telekom to increase the quality of service and interoperability for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The goal is to provide enhanced M2M service quality with roaming across networks and borders.

The agreement, which initially was signed by France Telecom-Orange and Deutsche Telekom in February 2011 to cover France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, has since added The Netherlands and most recently the UK through Everything Everywhere to its purview. The global footprint will now extend to cover TeliaSonera's geographical reach, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania.

"With this agreement, now three groups are significantly pushing the boundaries of the M2M ecosystem," said Anne-Marie Thiollet, executive vice president Enterprise Line of Business, Orange Business Services. "Global availability and reliability will spur the commercial adoption of M2M services and stimulate new innovations to the forefront. We are happy to welcome TeliaSonera as a member of our partnership and look forward to other carriers joining us in this endeavor; only by working together can we make the great promise of M2M a reality."

Hibernia Media Deploys Ekinops for Optical Transport

Hibernia Media, which provides managed video transport over fiber using 100% QoS DTM (Dynamic Synchronous Transfer Mode) video transmission, has deployed optical transport equipment from Ekinops to carry uncompressed, high-definition video signals for major broadcasters and content providers, as well as other customers, at its New York City Content Exchange Center (CEC).

The Hibernia Content Exchange Center, at 60 Hudson Street, provides a secure, centralized location for content owners to deliver uncompressed, high-definition content directly to cable, direct broadcast, satellite, IPTV, and new media distributors.

The Ekinops 360 enables DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) transport, providing numerous high-capacity channels over a single fiber. The platform leverages programmable T-Chip (Transport on-a-Chip technology), which enables native encryption right on the card.

"Ekinops not only provided what we consider the best technology, but was also able to deliver an encrypted HD-SDI transmission capability quickly and cost-effectively to meet our urgent customer needs," said Del Bothof, President of Hibernia Media. "In addition, Ekinops provided superb support throughout the whole process, from sales through installation."

Verizon Wireless Offers SMS Status Updates on Data Usage

Starting this week, Verizon Wireless' smartphone users will begin to receive free text message alerts when their data usage crosses thresholds of 50 percent, 75 percent, 90 percent, 100 percent and 110 percent of their data plans' monthly allowances. A number of other online tools are being added to help track mobile data usage.

LightSquared Forms Rural Initiative

LightSquared has formed "Empower Rural America Initiative" to lead its campaign for regulatory approval of its LTE+satellite broadband network. The initiative is led by an advisory board that includes former Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and former Representatives George Nethercutt of Washington and Charlie Stenholm of Texas.

"There is an overwhelming need for reliable wireless broadband for public safety, education, healthcare and economic development in rural America. We can have a robust, accurate GPS network and also create a substantial new resource for rural America in the form of a wireless network that reaches areas that still don't have broadband access," said former Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota.

AT&T Offers Huawei's 4G Data Card

AT&T has begun marketing the "USBConnect Force 4G" data card, an HSPA/HSPA+ modem from Huawei. The device is offered for free a two-year data agreement or for $89.99 for customers choosing a pay-as-you-go data plan.

Rogers Lights up LTE in Ottawa

Rogers Communications activated Canada's first commercial LTE network, bringing service the Ottawa region. The LTE network coverage spans a broad area from Arnprior, Ontario in the west to Orléans, Ontario in the east and includes the Hull and Gatineau regions of Quebec.

At launch, the Rogers LTE Rocket Stick will be capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 75 Mbps on the Rogers LTE Network. Typical download speeds can range from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps, which is significantly faster than the speeds Canadians experience on any other network today. As device selection evolves, maximum theoretical download speeds will increase to up to 150 Mbps.

Rogers also announced that network rollout to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will occur this fall, and that LTE-enabled smartphones from Samsung and HTC will be available later this year. Rogers expects to extend LTE to a further 21 markets by the end of 2012.

Rogers is working with Ericsson to build Canada's first LTE network. The companies had been testing LTE in Ottawa and Montreal since last fall. The tests measured data speeds, quality of signals and interoperability with Rogers' existing 4G HSPA+ wireless network. The tests confirm that Rogers LTE network in Ottawa is significantly faster than any other Canadian wireless network.

Australia's iiNet Runs 100Gbe on Juniper T1600

iiNet, a leading Australian DSL Internet service provider, migrated its backbone to Juniper Networks T1600 Core Routers at the beginning of this year and started a two-month trial of Juniper's 100GbE interface cards in May.

iiNet currently delivers broadband, telephony and IPTV services across its fixed network infrastructure, with more than 1.3 million customer service agreements in place. With the roll-out of the government-owned National Broadband Network (NBN), Australian ISPs would soon be able to deliver Gigabit services via fiber-to-the-premises connections.

"We're passionate about providing our customers with the very best service and technology," said Greg Bader, chief technology officer at iiNet. "Rather than waiting for the NBN to be rolled out around the country, we're continuously upgrading the iiNet network so our customers can have the very best experience. Partnering with Juniper Networks gives us confidence in the fact that we're using the most advanced technology as we expand our services around the country."

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ericsson Provides Network Operations for Virgin Mobile France

French mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) holding company Omea Telecom has signed an infrastructure and managed services contract with Ericsson in France. Under the contract, Ericsson will provide managed services supporting some 2 million subscribers belonging to Omea Telecom's MVNO Virgin Mobile France.

Ericsson will supply the operator with the full range of telecommunications infrastructure needed for complete customer management. These include databases of subscriber details (Home Location Register), service platforms, and traffic management equipment such as circuit switches and packet solutions. Once the new infrastructure has been installed, Ericsson will operate it for Omea Telecom.

Vodafone Italia Outsources to Ericsson

Vodafone Italy awarded a five-year contract to Ericsson to manage the field operations of its fixed and mobile access and transmission networks, as well as for fixed core network nodes. As part of the five year agreement, about 300 Vodafone Italy employees joined Ericsson on July 1, 2011. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson said it will take over the operation and continue the current services activities while ensuring a smooth transition for Vodafone Italy's staff in order to maintain the operator's high network quality.

Telstra Restructures for Better Market Focus

Telstra Chief Executive Officer David Thodey announced a series of appointments and major initiatives that sharpen the company's focus on customers and position Telstra for industry changes including the National Broadband Network.

"These appointments and initiatives are consistent with our long-term strategy to improve service, win customers, simplify processes and build new growth businesses," Mr Thodey said. "They create a single retail sales and service team designed to free-up customer-facing teams to focus on their primary role of serving and winning customers, and capitalise on the opportunity to grow new revenue streams."

The changes include the following:

Telstra's entire sales and retail customer service workforce will be unified in a single
business unit from 1 August 2011. Telstra Customer Sales & Service, to be headed by Gordon Ballantyne, will be responsible for sales and service to all segments including consumer, business, enterprise and
government customers. In support of the Telstra Customer Sales & Service unit, the company's marketing functions
will be centralised under the leadership of Chief Marketing Officer Mark Buckman.

Telstra veteran Stuart Lee has been appointed as Group Managing Director, Telstra Wholesale. NBN Co will become Telstra's largest wholesale customer by virtue of its agreement to lease Telstra infrastructure including dark fibre, exchange space and ducts for at least 35 years. Telstra Wholesale will continue to comply with separation undertakings.

Recognising the importance of content and value-added services in the post NBN environment, Telstra will form an Applications & Ventures Group (AVG) to spearhead its investment in new and emerging high-speed broadband businesses. Deena Shiff will lead the Applications & Ventures Group from 1 August 2011, relinquishing her role as Group Managing Director, Telstra Business. Will Irving, formerly Group General Counsel, will succeed Ms Shiff as head of Telstra Business and will report to Gordon Ballantyne.

In addition to new executive appointments, Mr Thodey today also announced a series of new lines of business and proposed internal structural changes to support the company's long-term strategy.

Telstra will establish specialised teams to support the company's growth opportunities in Cloud Computing and Media.

Telstra's international business unit, headed by Tarek Robbiati, will gain day-to-day responsibility for managing the network assets it uses to serve international enterprise and carrier customers.

Telstra's Operations business unit will be accountable for providing all back-of-house services for consumer customers, making it easier to manage processes from a customer's point of view, and simpler to track and report the company's operational performance.