Sunday, July 17, 2011

Everything Everywhere Appoints New CEO

Everything Everywhere, the joint venture that operates the networks for T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), appointed Olaf Swantee as CEO effective as of 1-Sept-2011, replacing Tom Alexander. who has resigned for personal reasons and to pursue other interests. Swantee, an economics graduate with an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris – École des Affaires de Paris (ESCP-EAP), is currently France Telecom's Executive Vice President, Operations in Europe (except France) and Sourcing. Prior to telecommunications, Olaf had 17 years experience in the IT industry, holding senior leadership, sales and marketing positions with HP, Compaq and DEC in Europe and the United States.

Huawei Launches Dual-mode WiMAX/LTE

Huawei launched a series of convergent WiMAX/LTE solutions, including a SingleRAN WiMAX/LTE base station, the world's first WiMAX/HSPA dual-mode handset equipped with Android 2.2, the first commercial LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode USB dongle, and the first LTE TDD/FDD/UMTS/GSM multi-mode USB dongle.

Huawei's SingleRAN WiMAX/LTE base station offers the ability for parallel transmitting in dual-mode. In this solution, remote radio units (RRU) are able to support dual modes of WiMAX and LTE TDD at the same time. Software upgrades enable greater flexibility for the operator.

Huawei's B8200 WiMAX/HSPA dual-mode Android handset is able to support multiple bands, such as UMTS 900/2100MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800MHz, as well as WiMAX 2.5GHz access.

The new E398 LTE TDD/FDD USB dongle promises peak data rates of up to 100 Mbps.

The E392 LTE TDD/FDD/UMTS/GSM multi-mode USB dongle supports global roaming and can switch between different networks. It will be commercially launched during the second half of 2011.

Cisco Confirms 6,500 Job Cuts, Additional Transfers

Cisco confirmed a workforce reduction of approximately 6,500 employees, including approximately 2,100 employees who elected to participate in a voluntary early retirement program. The cuts will occur across the global workforce across all functions.

Cisco said the job cuts include a reduction totaling approximately 15 percent of vice president level and above employees. This represents a reduction of approximately 9 percent of Cisco's regular full-time workforce.

Cisco plans to notify impacted employees in the United States, Canada and select countries during the first week of August. The remainder of the global workforce reductions are expected to occur at a later date in compliance with local laws and regulations.

Cisco said these cuts will result in pre-tax restructuring charges to its GAAP financial results of no more than $1.3 billion over several quarters, consisting of severance and other one-time termination benefits.

In addition, Cisco will sell its set-top box manufacturing facility in Juarez, Mexico, to Foxconn Technology Group. The approximately 5,000 people employed at the facility will become employees of Foxconn in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 and no job losses are expected as a result of the sale. This figure is in addition to the approximately 6,500 employees impacted by the reduction in workforce and the voluntary early retirement program.

Pacific Fibre Picks TE SubCom for 12.8 Tbps Undersea Cable

Pacific Fibre has awarded a supply contract to TE SubCom for its forthcoming 12,750km trans-Pacific cable.

Pacific Fibre, which was founded in 2010, will deliver the longest and most technically advanced undersea cable systems linking Australia, New Zealand and USA. The two-cable system will link Australia and New Zealand via a trans-Tasman cable, while connecting New Zealand to the United States via a trans-Pacific cable. The cable landing points will be in Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Los Angeles, California in the United States.

The cables will each have two fiber pairs, with an ultimate cable design capacity of 12.8 Tbps.

Pacific Fibre is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.

Aviat Appoints New CEO, Quarterly Sales Seen Ahead of Expectations

Aviat Networks, which supplies wireless transmission solutions, has appointed Michael Pangia as its new CEO, replacing Chuck Kissner, who will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Pangia previously was Aviat Networks' SVP and Chief Sales Officer since he joined in March 2009 and was part of the management team that led the restructuring and turnaround efforts over the past year. Prior to joining Aviat Networks, Pangia held a number of executive positions at Nortel Networks in Sales, Operations, and Finance. As President of the Asia Region, he had P&L responsibility for $1.8 billion in sales.

In addition, Aviat announced that is Q2 financial results are likely to come in ahead of its previously issued guidance. On May 5, 2011, the company provided revenue guidance of $105 million to $120 million for the fourth quarter FY2011, based on backlog, business trends and operational changes, and some supply risks specific to Japan. Although results are not yet finalized, the company now believes revenue for its fourth quarter FY2011 will be in the range of $115 million to $120 million. In addition, the company expects to report that the orders book-to-bill ratio was greater than 1 and that the company's cash balance increased from end of the previous quarter.

Cisco Catalyst Pushes 60-watt Power over Ethernet

Cisco introduced the first 60-watt Power over Ethernet capability via a new module for the Catalyst 4500E Switch.

Cisco's new Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE) linecard and UPOE splitter enables any device requiring up to 60-watt power to be powered by Cisco's Catalyst 4500E Switches. This includes Cisco IP phones, personal telepresence systems, compact switches and wireless access points. Cisco said this is twice the power per port compared to competing products.

Up to 120 UPOE ports can be supported in a single Catalyst 4500E chassis. Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet utilizes standard Cat 5e or higher cabling and RJ45 connectors to enable an easier deployment of this solution within existing infrastructures.

Additionally, Cisco announced that Samsung zero client desktop virtualization devices and BT IP turrets have integrated Cisco UPOE technology into their devices to allow customers the immediate advantage of using their existing Cisco network to power these solutions.

  • Cisco has been a leader in delivering PoE since 2000 when it introduced 7-watt inline power over Ethernet for powering Cisco IP Phones.

NetLogic and EZchip Collaborate on Terabit-class Packet Processing

NetLogic Microsystems and EZchip Semiconductor are collaborating on high performance, merchant, packet-processing solutions for IPv6-ready Terabit class systems. The companies are optimizing and and implementing exclusive operational modes in both EZchip's NP-4 100Gbps network processor (NPU) and NetLogic Microsystems' NL11k knowledge-based processor.

In addition, the companies are collaborating to further enhance the performance optimizations and tight coupling between EZchip's next-generation NP-5 200Gbps NPU and NetLogic Microsystems' next-generation of knowledge-based processors at the 28 nm node.

"We are excited to expand upon our long-standing collaboration with EZchip on multiple generations of our respective best-in-class products," said Chris O'Reilly, vice president of marketing at NetLogic Microsystems. "With each successive generation, we have seen an increase in the content of EZchip's network processors as well as our knowledge-based processors per line card offering increasing levels of performance and functionality. This trend bodes well for both our companies as customers are expected to continue to demand higher performance, more intelligence and greater functionality."

"Our collaboration with NetLogic Microsystems brings together the best technologies to produce solutions that enable customers to meet the challenges of ever increasing performance requirements," said Amir Eyal, vice president of business development at EZchip.

Vitesse Delivers 14 Gbps Adaptive Quad Channel Extender

Vitesse Semiconductor introduced a multi-protocol, adaptive quad channel extender for next-generation protocols such as 10G/40G/100G Ethernet, Infiniband FDR, and 16G Fibre Channel. The new VSC7224 delivers a data rate range from 155 Mbps to 14.1 Gbps and power consumption as low as 100mW per channel.

The device offers a comprehensive, low power signal integrity solution which can adaptively compensate for signal degradation in challenging network environments. It features Vitesse's proprietary adaptive FlexEQ technology.

Vitesse's VSC7224 delivers a hardware-based equalization suite, capable of equalizing multiple 14 Gbps signals over ranges greater than 65 inches of FR4 board trace or 20m of 24AWG twin-ax copper cable.

It uses four Decision Feedback Equalizer (DFE) taps to combat impairments in the signal from crosstalk and reflections, achieving an Isolation to Crosstalk Ratio (ICR) of better than 12dB.

Vitesse said the hardware-enabled adaptive receiver on the VSC7224 eliminates the arduous process of manually optimizing each individual lossy channel.

"The combination of autonomous adaptive equalization and a Clock & Data Recovery (CDR) unit that can be used at multiple speeds to effectively reset the jitter budget, makes this channel extender extremely useful for next-generation systems, especially to reduce system design time and improve yields," said Abhi Dugar, research manager, wired communications semiconductor research at IDC. "As networks move to mixes of Ethernet, Infiniband, and Fibre Channel, it becomes increasingly important to design for multiprotocol environments operating at a variety of rates."

NoaNet Deploys ADVA FSP 3000

The Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) has selected the ADVA FSP 3000 to enable the extension of high-speed broadband service to nearly every underserved area of Washington state.

NoaNet first deployed ADVA Optical Networking's platform in 2005 and will again rely on the FSP 3000 as it undertakes a network expansion funded in part by an $134-million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) federal stimulus grant. ADVA Optical Networking's multi-degree reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) affords NoaNet the flexibility to dynamically bring customers onto the network, which is planned to extend to more than 3,000 miles over the next three years. The FSP 3000 will help NoaNet deliver reliable, high-speed Internet access to schools, libraries, emergency responders, hospitals, government agencies, businesses and individuals in virtually every inhabited location of Washington.

EANTC and Ixia Deliver 100 GigE Test Methodology

Ixia is working with EANTC to deliver testing criteria, methodology, and administration of multiple vendors' 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) switches. This EANTC-led, industry-first set of benchmark tests provides carriers, data center managers, and application service providers with a detailed insight into various Higher Speed Ethernet (HSE) products using a consistent test methodology via Ixia's 100GE testing solution. The first tests in this series occurred in May and June and were published by Light Reading.

Ciena Supplies Coherent 100 GigE for Romanian Educational Net

The Romanian Educational Network (RoEduNet) has deployed Ciena's coherent optical technology for the first live 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network in Eastern Europe. The next-generation infrastructure, deployed together with Ciena's BizConnect partner Felix Telecom, connects Bucharest, the capital of Romania, with Iaşi, the country's second largest city located more than 450 kilometers to the north. The deployment forms part of an expansion of RoEduNet's existing nationwide optical infrastructure, which is based on Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and Common Photonic Layer, by simply adding 100G wavelengths alongside 10G wavelengths. Felix Telecom is responsible for the design, installation, deployment and ongoing service for both RoEduNet's existing 10G network as well as the new 100G infrastructure.

RoEduNet, the Romanian National Research and Education Network (NREN), connects universities, schools, research centers and cultural institutions across the country. RoEduNet is part of GÉANT – the European education and research network linking academic and research institutions in more than 30 European countries.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Netflix Streaming Down for Several Hours

Users on Twitter reported a widespread outage of the Netflix streaming service on Sunday evening and lasting for about 4 hours. The trouble follows the company's steep price increase announced last week.!/search/Netflix

Friday, July 15, 2011

Air Force GPS IIF-2 Satellite Successfully Launched

An Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-2 satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral aboard a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) configuration launch vehicle.

GPS IIF-2 is the second in a series of next generation GPS satellites and will join a worldwide timing and navigation system utilizing 24 satellites in six different planes, with a minimum of four satellites per plane positioned in orbit approximately 11,000 miles above the earths' surface. The GPS IIF series provides improved accuracy and enhanced performance for GPS users.

The United Launch Alliance noted that this is its 50th successful GPS launch for the Air Force.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

ABI Research: 539 Million Fiber Broadband Subscriptions Worldwide

There were more than 539 million fixed broadband subscribers globally at the end of second quarter, an 8% increase from the same quarter in 2010, according to ABI Research. The increase is driven in part by emerging markets.

At present, North America is the region with the highest fiber optic broadband penetration followed by Asia-Pacific. Extending fiber broadband coverage not only increases speed but also allows the roll out of services including video on demand (VOD) and IPTV. ABI Research estimates that worldwide fiber broadband subscriber numbers will more than double in 2016 to 142 million subscribers, from 69.6 million in 2011.

The Asia Pacific region is seeing strong subscriber growth, due in particular to the increasing number of subscribers in China. About 17 million Chinese subscribers have been added since the second quarter of 2010.

Harris Delivers Wideband Falcon III Tactical Radio Network for Army Test

Harris is delivering wideband networking capability through its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G tactical radio system as part of the U.S. Army Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) at Fort Bliss, Texas and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. This includes the deployment of a 20- and 30- Node wideband AN/PRC-117G network, powered by Harris' Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform, or ANW2, for connecting a range of military vehicles to company command post platforms.

The NIE is the first in a series of semi-annual evaluations designed to integrate and mature the Army's tactical network. The evaluation involves a series of tests and evaluations among five programs of record and 30 emerging or developmental technologies. Involving all 3,800 soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, the NIE uniquely combines test and evaluation in a single venue, with the goal of speeding the deployment of an integrated battlefield network. One of the main purposes of the NIE is to evaluate existing network capabilities, including the Harris AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack tactical radio system.

"The NIE is a unique event designed to push systems to the limit," said Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran (Ret.), vice president, Government Business Development, Harris RF Communications. "Over the course of the exercise, the AN/PRC-117G has successfully delivered outstanding mobile ad-hoc networking capability to a range of vehicular-based forces.

Google Fiber Comes to 850 Stanford Residences

The first location for the Google Fiber last-mile network will be the residential housing subdivision of Stanford University. The campus newspaper, The Stanford Daily, reports that 850 homes will soon be connected to the gigabit speed fiber. Installation is underway and should be completed soon.
  • In March 2011, Google picked Kansas City, Kansas for its gigabit speed fiber build-out project. Nearly 1,100 communities across the country expressed interest in participating in the Google project and nearly 200,000 individuals submitted comments. Google has signed a development agreement with Kansas City and will be working with local organizations, businesses and universities, including Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future. Google will provide free access to schools and city facilities.

  • In December 2010, Google appointed Milo Medin as Vice President, Access Services. Google also said that it has delayed the selection of its first fiber community. Nearly 1,100 communities across the country have sought to participate in the Google fiber project, and the company said it needs more time to make its selection. Milo Medin previously served as co-founder of Chief Technology Officer of Excite@Home, a pioneer in residential broadband service, and later at M2Z Networks.

Sony Ericsson Sees Impact from March Earthquake/Tsunami

Sony Ericsson suffered a constrained supply line following the March earthquake in Japan and now reports lower sales and volume shipments for its most recent fiscal quarter.

Sales for the quarter were Euro 1,193 million, a 32% decrease year-on-year and a 4% increase sequentially.

Average selling price (ASP) for the quarter was Euro 156, a 3% decrease year-on-year but an 11% increase sequentially. The year-on-year decrease is due to product and geographic mix and price erosion. The sequential increase in ASP is attributed to favorable product and geographic mix, more than offsetting price erosion and unfavorable foreign exchange rates.

Units shipped during the quarter were 7.6 million, a 31% decrease year-on-year and a 6% decrease sequentially, due to a decrease in volume caused by constrained supply of critical components and an anticipated decline in the number of feature phones shipped.

Bert Nordberg, President and CEO of Sony Ericsson commented, "Sony Ericsson's second quarter profitability was affected by the March 11 earthquake in Japan. We estimate that the impact of earthquake-related supply chain constraints on our portfolio was close to 1.5 million units, with most of the effect in the early part of the quarter. Our shift to Android-based smartphones continues with smartphone sales accounting for more than 70 percent of our total sales during the quarter. We have shipped more than 16 million Xperia smartphones to date. We have introduced eight new Xperia smartphones this year and we continue to see strong consumer and operator demand across the Xperia smartphone portfolio."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SES-3 Satellite Successfully Launched

The SES-3 satellite was successfully launched on board an ILS Proton launch vehicle from Kazakhstan.

The SES-3 satellite, which is the largest was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, carries 24 C-Band transponders and 24 Ku-Band transponders (36 MHz), generates approximately five kilowatts of payload power, and features a design life of 15 years. It will replace SES' existing AMC-1 satellite at the orbital position of 103 degrees West, a highly sought after location in the Centre of the North American arc, from where it will provide coverage of North America and the Caribbean.

SES-3's C-band transponders will provide service to blue-chip U.S. television networks broadcasting to over 4,350 cable head-ends in the U.S., while its Ku-band transponders will serve a range of enterprise customers with VSAT and broadband services.

Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES, stated: "The successful ILS Proton launch of SES-3 marks an important event for SES' North American customers, as the new satellite will provide seamless continuity to some of our key customers for the next decade and beyond. SES would like to thank ILS and Orbital for a mission delivered on time and according to specifications. Timely access to space is of utmost importance to SES, as we implement the satellite industry's most important satellite replacement and fleet expansion program. We look forward to continue working with ILS as an essential provider in the launch industry."

Telecom NZ to Close CDMA Network on 31-July-2012

Telecom New Zealand confirmed that its CDMA mobile network will close on July 31, 2012. The carrier launched its GSM-based XT mobile network in 2009. A number of promotions are underway to help the remaining CDMA users make the conversion.

Orange Reaches Content Partnership with CANAL+

The France Telecom Group (Orange) and CANAL+ finalized a strategic partnership, which calls for CANAL+ Group's acquisition of a 33.33% minority interest in Orange Cinema Series.

The deal ensures content production continuity for the Orange Cinema Series package and broader distribution for CANAL+ content. Orange will continue to distribute its multichannel package and related interactive services to its customers; CANAL+ will offer the package to all CANALSAT subscribers; and the partnership plans to make the service available to all interested operators; a more balanced business model thanks to wider distribution of the Orange Cinema Series service.

For Stéphane Richard, "This project with the CANAL+ Group is yet another illustration of the partnership strategy for content we presented in June 2010. Our goal is to promote the content of our production partners and to offer our customers innovative packages and services that build on the experience we have acquired in recent years and, of course, on our networks. To continue to develop the Orange cinema series package, of which we can be proud and which continues to be offered in its present form to our 400,000 customers, I know that we can rely on the formidable know-how of CANAL+ in the production and marketing of premium channels."

For Bertrand Meheut, "This partnership with Orange, the ADSL market leader in France, is in line with our strategy of multiplatform distribution: making our offers as widely available as possible on all broadcast networks. This is a natural bridging of our respective know-how in technology and content production to make quality offers to all television viewers, accompanied by the most innovative services."