Thursday, July 21, 2011

Virgin Media Tests World's Fastest Cable Broadband -- 1.5 Gbps

Virgin Media UK has begun a market test of the world's fastest cable connection -- a service boasting up to 1.5 Gbps downstream and 150 Mbps upstream. The connection is delivered over the same HFC infrastructure and technology as Virgin Media uses to provide residential customers with speeds of up to 100 Mbps, which is currently being rolled out to over half of all UK homes. The 1.5 Gbps service is being tested in east London around Old Street, an area known as "Silicon Roundabout." The high performance is enabled by DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding.

Verizon Wireless Sells 1.2 Million LTE Devices in Q2

Verizon Communications reported Q2 revenues of $27.5 billion in second-quarter 2011, up 6.3 percent compared with second-quarter 2010 (on a comparable basis adjusting for divested operations), marking the company's strongest quarter for consolidated revenue growth in 10 quarters. Verizon reported 57 cents in EPS in the quarter, compared with a second-quarter 2010 loss of 42 cents per share.


In first-half 2011, Verizon's capital expenditures totaled $8.9 billion, compared with $7.6 billion in first-half 2010. Verizon continues to expect full-year 2011 capital spending to be similar to its 2010 investment of $16.5 billion.


"In terms of earnings growth and the acceleration of revenue growth, this has been one of Verizon's best quarters since the 2008 economic downturn," said Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg. "We expanded sequential margins in both our wireline and wireless businesses, and in the second half of the year we expect Verizon to build on this strong, positive momentum to continue to drive profitable, sustainable growth."


Seidenberg added: "We expect Verizon Wireless to gain share in the retail postpaid market and widen its network-quality lead throughout 2011. We also continue to see strong customer demand for FiOS Internet and TV, and for cloud and other strategic services. At the same time, we remain focused on our cost structure, as we deliver improvements in wireline margins quarter after quarter."


Some highlights of the quarter:


Verizon Wireless


Service revenues in the quarter totaled $14.7 billion, up 6.6 percent year over year. Data revenues were $5.8 billion, up $1.1 billion or 22.2 percent year over year, and represent 39.5 percent of all service revenues. Total revenues were $17.3 billion, up 10.2 percent year over year.


Retail postpaid ARPU grew 1.9 percent or $1.00 over second-quarter 2010, to $54.12. Retail postpaid data ARPU increased to $21.26, up 15.2 percent year over year. Retail service ARPU also grew 1.9 percent, to $52.49.
Wireless operating income margin was 27.1 percent. Segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP) was 45.4 percent.


Verizon Wireless added 2.2 million total connections, including 1.3 million retail postpaid customers, and 890,000 wholesale and other connections. These additions exclude acquisitions and adjustments.


At the end of the second quarter, the company had 106.3 million total connections, an increase of 6.6 percent year over year, including 89.7 million retail customers and 16.6 million wholesale and other connections.


At the end of the second quarter, smartphones were 36 percent of Verizon Wireless' retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 32 percent at the end of first-quarter 2011.


Retail postpaid churn was 0.89 percent, the lowest in the industry and the company's lowest since second-quarter 2008. Total retail churn was 1.22 percent, an improvement of 9 basis points year over year and 11 basis points sequentially.


During the second-quarter 2011, Verizon Wireless sold 1.2 million 4G LTE smartphones and Internet data devices.
Verizon Wireless continued to invest in and enhance its 3G network, the nation's largest and most reliable 3G network.


Wireline

Second-quarter 2011 operating revenues were $10.2 billion, a decline of 0.3 percent compared with second-quarter 2010. This is an improvement from a decline of 2.2 percent comparing first-quarter 2011 to first-quarter 2010. Verizon acquired cloud and managed IT infrastructure leader Terremark Worldwide in April, and the inclusion of Terremark results added $98 million in revenue, representing 100 basis points of wireline revenue growth, in second-quarter 2011.


Revenues for Verizon's FiOS fiber-optic services to consumer retail customers generated approximately 57 percent of consumer wireline revenues in second-quarter 2011, compared with approximately 48 percent in second-quarter 2010.


Consumer revenues grew 1.3 percent compared with second-quarter 2010. Consumer ARPU for wireline services was $92.44 in second-quarter 2011, up 9.4 percent compared with second-quarter 2010. ARPU for FiOS customers continues to be more than $146.


Global enterprise revenues totaled $4.0 billion in the quarter, up 3.6 percent compared with second-quarter 2010. Sales of strategic services -- including Terremark cloud services, security and IT solutions, and strategic networking -- increased 17.8 percent compared with second-quarter 2010 and now represent approximately 48 percent of global enterprise revenues.

Verizon added 189,000 net new FiOS Internet connections and 184,000 net new FiOS TV connections in second-quarter 2011. Verizon had a total of 4.5 million FiOS Internet and 3.8 million FiOS TV connections at the end of the quarter.


FiOS penetration (subscribers as a percentage of potential subscribers) is now 30 percent or more for both services. FiOS Internet penetration was 34 percent at the end of second- quarter 2011, compared with 30 percent at the end of second-quarter 2010. In the same periods, FiOS TV penetration was 30 percent, compared with 26 percent, respectively. The FiOS network passed 16.1 million premises at mid-year 2011.


Broadband connections totaled 8.6 million at the end of second-quarter 2011, a 3.3 percent year-over-year increase. FiOS Internet connections more than offset a decrease in DSL-based HSI connections, resulting in a net increase of 62,000 broadband connections from first-quarter 2011. Total voice connections, which measures FiOS Digital Voice connections in addition to traditional switched access lines, declined 7.9 percent to 25.0 million -- the smallest year-over-year decline since second-quarter 2007.


Verizon installed 63 additional Private IP edge routers for a total of 915 edge routers in 245 sites throughout 63 countries, activated more than 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) of ultra-long-haul network across the southern part of the United Kingdom, and completed a joint fiber build in Singapore, which almost doubles the coverage of the Singapore fiber-optic network.


Verizon kicked off the expansion of 100G IP backbone capabilities in the U.S. to nine routes. http://www.verizonwireless.com

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Greenpacket, P1 and Sequans Collaborate on WiMAX/LTE

Sequans Communications, Packet One Networks (Malaysia), and Greenpacket, are working together to develop LTE solutions, including dual-mode 4G WiMAX/LTE solutions.


Greenpacket is a global supplier of customer premise equipment. Its customers include P1, its operator subsidiary in Malaysia. Greenpacket is testing Sequans technology to develop LTE and dual-mode WiMAX/LTE reference designs as part of its strategy to launch a complete ecosystem of 4G networking solutions and devices by the end of 2011.


"We are testing Sequans' system-on-chip technology to develop LTE reference designs, including a dual-mode WiMAX/LTE reference design for our operator customers primarily in Asia, CALA and Middle East," said, James Wang, Senior Vice President of Innovation, Strategies and Development (ISD) at Greenpacket. "We intend to offer our solutions to early adopters of LTE such as P1 in support of its LTE/WiMAX coexistence strategy."


P1 launched its WiMAX service in Malaysia in August 2008 and is now preparing to transition to LTE. Meanwhile, the operator continues to make progress in building out its 4G network and expects to have 65 percent of the population covered by the end of 2012.
http://www.greenpacket.com

Mobile World Congress Renews with Barcelona for 2012-2018

The GSMA has named Barcelona as "Mobile World Capital" from 2012 to 2018.. As the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona will be the home of the GSMA Mobile World Congress. A number of other cities had been bidding to host the event. The show organizers are also planning to develop a range of other programmes and activities that will span the entire year and will benefit not only the citizens of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, but also the worldwide mobile industry.


"We are thrilled to announce that Barcelona will be the Mobile World Capital for the next seven years," said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. "All of the cities who competed for this title presented extremely innovative and compelling bids, but in the end, Barcelona truly demonstrated that it deserves the title of the Mobile World Capital, with its combination of outstanding exhibition and conference facilities, its transportation and hospitality infrastructure, its commitment to expanding the reach of mobility throughout Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, and the strong support of the public and private sectors. This is an exciting time for Barcelona and for the mobile industry as a whole."http://www.gsmworld.com

Ixia's Q2 Revenue Comes In at $69.0 Million

Ixia reported Q2 revenue of $69.0 million, compared with $66.1 million reported for the 2010 second quarter and $78.5 million reported for the first quarter of 2011.


On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income for the 2011 second quarter of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per share, for the 2010 second quarter. Non-GAAP net income for the 2011 second quarter was $5.8 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $6.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the 2010 second quarter.


"Although we are disappointed with our results this quarter, the trends driving our markets and business, including the upgrade to next-generation networks and the convergence of wired and wireless networks, remain substantially intact, commented Atul Bhatnagar, Ixia's president and chief executive officer. "As we previously announced, the weakness we experienced in the second quarter related mainly to 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. While we are carefully monitoring market conditions and spending trends, we remain focused on continuing our efforts to develop innovative high performance testing solutions for emerging next generation media rich networks."


"The recent momentum in orders for our wireless test solutions is very encouraging, continued Mr. Bhatnagar. In the second quarter we secured record bookings for our IxCatapult solutions, which consisted primarily of orders for our LTE products. Last Monday, we closed the acquisition of Wi-Fi test solution provider VeriWave, which complements our LTE strategy. Our product portfolio now provides an end-to-end test solution for the converged Wi-Fi, LTE, Ethernet and IP networks."http://www.ixiacom.com

Calix Posts Q2 Revenue of $98 million

Calix reported record Q2 revenue of $98.0 million, an increase of 36.7% compared to $71.7 million for the second quarter of 2010.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2011 was $7.8 million, or $0.16 per fully diluted share, an increase of 40.8% compared to non-GAAP net income of $5.5 million, or $0.14 per fully diluted share, for the second quarter of 2010. GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2011 was $17.6 million, or $(0.38) per basic and diluted share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $3.2 million, or $(0.09) per basic and diluted share for the second quarter of 2010.


"Calix set a new revenue record in Q2 as we built upon favorable secular trends affecting our markets," said Carl Russo, president and CEO of Calix. "In our first full quarter of operations after closing our acquisition, we executed well across all areas of the business, and reported results that were ahead of expectations."

http://www.calix.com
  • In February, Calix completed its acquisition of Occam Networks.

Verizon Names Lowell McAdam as CEO

Verizon named Lowell C. McAdam as president and chief executive officer of Verizon Communications, replacing Ivan G. Seidenberg, who will remain chairman to continue to facilitate the transition.


In his current role, McAdam, 57, is responsible for all business operations at Verizon, including the strategic direction of the company's products and technologies. He has served on the board of Verizon since March 2011 and on the board of Verizon Wireless since 2003, chairing the Verizon Wireless board since September 2010.


As president and CEO of Verizon Wireless until September 2010, McAdam led the premier wireless provider with the nation's largest, most reliable wireless voice and 3G broadband data network. Prior to assuming this position in 2007, McAdam served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless from the company's inception in 2000, helping to build the industry's leading wireless company.


Seidenberg said, "Lowell's appointment to CEO is testimony to his extraordinary record of achievement. As a member of Verizon's executive leadership team since 2000 and COO over the last 10 months, Lowell has proven his ability to move the organization quickly and to focus on strong performance on behalf of our employees, our customers and our investors."http://www.verizon.com

Nokia Cuts Outlook as Market Share Falls

Smart devices sales in Q2 fell 33% compared to the previous quarter, leading Nokia to report disappointing financial results. The company's Q2 2011 net sales were EUR 9.3 billion, down 11% from the preceding quarter and down 7% compared to a year earlier.


"The challenges we are facing during our strategic transformation manifested in a greater than expected way in Q2 2011. However, even within the quarter, I believe our actions to mitigate the impact of these challenges have started to have a positive impact on the underlying health of our business. Most importantly, we are making better-than-expected progress toward our strategic goals," stated Stephen Elop, Nokia's CEO.


Nokia said year-on-year and sequential decreases in Smart Devices volumes were caused by the strong momentum of competing smartphone platforms relative to Symbian devices, particularly in Europe and China, as well as pricing tactics by certain competitors. Network operators and retail distributors have been reducing their inventories of Nokia Smart Devices. The company said it is facing intense competitive pressure.


Overall, Nokia shipped 88.5 million mobile phones in Q2, down 18% from Q1.


For Nokia Siemens Networks, Q2 net sales were 3.6 billion Euro, up 15 percent sequentially and up 20 percent year over year. Non-IFRS gross margin was 26.6 percent, down 30 basis points sequentially, while non-IFRS operating margin was 1.1 percent, up 100 basis points sequentially. Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks continue to target Nokia Siemens Networks net sales to grow faster than the market in 2011. The companies expect net sales to be between EUR 3.2 billion and EUR 3.5 billion in the Q3 2011.
http://www.nokia.com

BlueCat Raises $16.8 Million for IP Address Management

BlueCat Networks, a start-up based in Toronto, secured $16.8 million in new financing for its enterprise-class DDI solution (DNS, DHCP and IPAM). BlueCat acts as a corporate IP Network Authority, helping companies manage the migration to IPv6, secure network infrastructure by implementing standards like DNSSEC and the requirement for regulatory compliance.


The latest funding was led by new investor Trident Capital.


"BlueCat Networks has enjoyed remarkable success in the DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management market and the demand for our solutions continues to grow," said Michael Hyatt, co-founder and CEO of BlueCat Networks. "This new funding will enable us to continue to invest in the quality people, innovation and industry partnerships that drive our achievements, while maintaining a cash reserve for future opportunities. We welcome Trident Capital as an investor and valued member of our team and thank them for supporting our vision."http://www.bluecatnetworks.com

PMC-Sierra's Q2 Revenue Rises 9% Sequentially to $171M

PMC-Sierra reported Q2 revenue of $171.0 million, a sequential increase of 9% compared with $157.4 million in the first quarter of 2011, and 6% higher than net revenues of $160.7 million in the second quarter of 2010. Net income (GAAP) was $16.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net loss in the first quarter of 2011 of $7.7 million, or $0.03 per share.


"Strength in our storage and optical businesses, combined with solid execution, resulted in a strong second quarter," commented Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC. "PMC also made several product announcements during the quarter, reinforcing our leading position as the network semiconductor innovator. These announcements spanned the SAS 2 storage, optical networking and mobile connectivity markets."http://www.pmc-sierra.com

Acme Packet Posts Record Revenue, Raises Guidance

Acme Packet reported record quarterly revenue of $79.7 million for Q2, compared to $53.3 million in the second quarter of 2010 and $74.0 million in the first quarter of 2011. Net income in the second quarter of 2011 was $14.0 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to $9.7 million, or $0.14 per share, in the second quarter of 2010 and $13.7 million, or $0.19 per share, in the first quarter of 2011.


Acme Packet also raised its business outlook for 2011 from a range of $310-315 million to a new range of $315-320 million.
http://www.acmepacket.com

Etisalat and Telefónica Enter Strategic Partnership

Etisalat and Telefónica announced a strategic partnership covering a range of areas, including collaboration on technological standardization, new global technology initiatives, R&D, and new emerging products and services designed to capture the digital growth opportunities such as M2M, financial services or cloud-based services.


Additionally and taking advantage of the benefits of the Telefónica Partners Program, both companies have also agreed to jointly work on procurement, international capacity and wholesale services as well as offering enhanced support for multinational customers of each operator.


The two Groups do not compete in any of their operational markets. The Etisalat Group is represented in 18 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, whilst Telefónica's footprint has been established in 25 markets in Europe and Latin America.
http://www.telefonica.com
http://www.etisalat.com
  • Telefónica also has a strategic partnership, and financial investment, with China Unicom.


  • In April 2011, Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom-Orange outlined details of their 50-50 joint venture company aimed at generating significant cost-savings through common purchases of network infrastructure equipment. The companies estimate cost savings of 400-900 million Euros after three years of joint purchases.

Ericsson's Q2 Sees Boost from Mobile Broadband

Ericsson reported Q2 sales of SEK 54.8 (48.0) b., up 14% year-over-year and 3% sequentially. Sales for comparable units, adjusted for currency exchange rate effects and hedging, increased 27% year-over-year. Including acquired businesses sales increased further 2%-points. The strong growth we have seen in the past quarters continued also this quarter. Gross margin in the quarter was down year-over-year at 37.8% (39.0%), and was slightly down from 38.5% sequentially. Restructuring charges related to activities in Sweden of SEK 0.1 b. impacted cost of sales. Year-over-year, margins were negatively impacted by 3G rollouts in India as well as network modernization projects in Europe. A lower share of services revenues had a positive impact. Sequentially, margins were negatively impacted by a change in project mix with a higher proportion of services, especially network rollout. In the first quarter 2011, sales and margins were positively impacted by a one-off revenue from the sale of patents of SEK 0.3 b.

"Group sales in the quarter increased by 14% year-over-year driven by a continued strong demand for mobile broadband. Sales were negatively impacted by the strong SEK and sales for comparable units, adjusted for currency and hedging, increased 27% year-over-year. The strong growth we have seen in the past quarters continued also this quarter," says Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.


Brazil, China, Germany, Korea, and Russia showed especially strong growth both year-over-year and sequentially. The US maintained its high business activity although sequentially the networks business was somewhat slower while services continued to show good development.


Segment Networks sales grew 31% year-over-year. In addition to continued increased sales of mobile broadband, IP network product revenues showed strong development.


Segment Global Services sales decreased -5% year-over-year primarily due to currency exchange rate effects. In local currencies Professional Services sales were almost flat. Managed Services sales were down compared to the second quarter 2010. The underlying fundamental growth drivers for the services business remain and customer interest is high.


Segment Multimedia sales were down -2% year-over-year, however, with good traction for revenue management.


The quarter was challenging for Ericsson's joint ventures and both reported losses. Sony Ericsson's profitability was impacted by the earthquake in Japan resulting in supply chain constraints of close to 1.5 million units. ST-Ericsson increased its loss in the quarter mainly due to recent changes in the market demand for feature phones.


Net income improved year-over-year to SEK 3.2 (2.0) b. due to higher sales volumes and despite a negative impact from increased loss in joint ventures. Sequentially net income decreased from SEK 4.1 b. mainly due to the loss of SEK -0.8 b. in joint ventures and higher restructuring charges.


Operating income, excluding joint ventures, decreased to SEK 5.0 (5.3) b. in the quarter negatively impacted by the one-off restructuring charge of SEK 1.3 b related to reduction of staff in Sweden. As a result, operating margin decreased to 9.2% (11.1%) year-over-year. Excluding the one-off restructuring charge operating margin amounted to 11.6%.


Earnings per share were SEK 0.96 (0.58) in the quarter. Earnings per share, Non-IFRS, diluted, i.e. excluding amortizations and write-downs of acquired intangibles, were SEK 1.21 (0.85) in the second quarter, up 42%.http://

AT&T Boosts CAPEX as Smartphones Drive Q2

Driven by mobile data, smartphone and U-verse, AT&T reported Q2 revenues of $31.5 billion, up more than $680 million, or 2.2 percent, versus the year-earlier quarter, marking the company's sixth consecutive quarter with a
year-over-year revenue increase. Profit declined to $0.60 diluted EPS, compared to $0.67 diluted EPS, versus the year-earlier period.



"Mobile broadband growth continues to be robust, and we are seeing encouraging signs in wireline revenues. This adds to our confidence as we look ahead. Mobile broadband with IP infrastructure and cloud services are transforming our industry and are creating unprecedented opportunity. AT&T is strongly positioned to lead in this new era," Stephenson said. "Our planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA will accelerate development of next-generation capabilities, and it will lay the groundwork for continued high-tech innovation for years to come," stated Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer.


With the upcoming LTE launch this summer, AT&T is increasing its CAPEX to the $20 billion for the year. Previously, the company expected capital expenditures in the low-to-mid $19 billion range.


Second-quarter 2011 cash from operating activities totaled $9.0 billion, and capital expenditures totaled $5.3 billion. Free cash flow — cash from operating activities minus capital expenditures — totaled $3.7 billion.


Some highlights from the company's earnings presentation:

  • a net gain in total wireless subscribers of 1.1 million, to reach 98.6 million in service


  • postpaid net adds of 331,000. Excluding the impacts of the Alltel and Centennial integration migrations, postpaid net adds were 504,000. Prepaid net adds were 137,000, connected device net adds were 379,000 and reseller net adds were 248,000.


  • a record quarter with branded computing subscribers, a new growth area for the company that includes tablets, aircards, MiFi devices, tethering plans and other data-only devices. AT&T added 545,000 of these devices to reach 4.0 million, nearly twice as many in service as a year ago. Most of those new subscribers were tablets, with 377,000 added in the quarter, of which 30 percent were postpaid.


  • total churn was 1.43 percent versus 1.29 percent in the second quarter of 2010 and 1.36 percent in the first quarter of 2011. Postpaid churn was 1.15 percent, compared to 1.01 percent in the year-ago second quarter and 1.18 percent in the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the impacts of the Alltel and Centennial migrations, postpaid churn of 1.06 percent for the quarter was relatively stable with 0.99 percent in the year-ago quarter and better than the 1.12 percent in the first quarter of 2011.


  • 5.6 million smartphones were sold, a second-quarter record and the third-highest quarter ever. Smartphone sales also increased more than 43 percent year over year. Sales of non-iPhone smartphones more than doubled year over year. Nearly 70 percent of postpaid device sales were smartphones.


  • 3.6 million iPhones were activated.

  • at the end of the quarter, 49.9 percent of AT&T's 68.4 million postpaid subscribers had smartphones, up from 35.8 percent a year earlier. The average ARPU for smartphones on AT&T's network is 1.8 times that of the company's non-smartphone devices. More than 85 percent of smartphone subscribers are on FamilyTalk or business plans. Churn levels for these subscribers are significantly lower than for other postpaid subscribers.


  • total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 9.5 percent year over year to $15.6 billion. Wireless service revenues increased 7.4 percent, to $14.2 billion, in the second quarter.


  • wireless data revenues increased more than $1 billion, or 23.4 percent, from the year-earlier quarter to $5.4 billion. AT&T's postpaid wireless subscribers on monthly data plans increased by 19.5 percent over the past year.


  • total text messages carried on the AT&T network increased by 24 percent to 190.8 billion, and multimedia messages increased by 54 percent to 4.0 billion, compared to a year ago.


  • revenues from residential customers totaled $5.4 billion in the second quarter. Versus the second quarter of 2010, consumer wireline revenues increased 0.1 percent, the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth, and revenues also increased sequentially.


  • AT&T U-verse TV added 202,000 subscribers to reach 3.4 million in service.


  • ARPU for U-verse triple-play customers was $170, up 8.3 percent year over year.


  • AT&T's U-verse deployment now reaches 29 million living units. Companywide penetration of eligible living units is 15.5 percent, and overall penetration is 25.0 percent across areas marketed to for 36 months or more.


  • AT&T's total video subscribers, which combine the company's U-verse and bundled satellite customers, reached 5.3 million at the end of the quarter, representing 21.5 percent of households served.


  • AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet delivered a second-quarter gain of 439,000 subscribers to reach a total of 4.1 million, helping offset losses from DSL.


  • At the end of the second quarter, AT&T had 16.5 million total wired consumer broadband connections, up 3.3 percent over the past year and down slightly from first-quarter 2011 levels largely due to seasonality. About 70 percent of consumers have a broadband plan of 3 Mbps or higher.


  • Consumer IP revenues now represent 49.2 percent of AT&T's wireline consumer revenues, up from 40.4 percent in the year-earlier quarter.


  • Increased AT&T U-verse penetration and a significant number of subscribers on triple- or quad-play options drove 21.9 percent year-over-year growth in IP revenues from residential customers (broadband, U-verse TV and U-verse Voice) and 5.6 percent sequential growth. U-verse revenues grew 57.0 percent compared with the year-ago second quarter and 10.7 percent versus the first quarter of 2011.


  • Total business revenues were $9.3 billion, declining 0.3 percent sequentially and down 4.1 percent versus the year-earlier quarter.


  • Revenues from the new-generation capabilities that lead AT&T's most advanced business solutions — including Ethernet, VPNs, hosting, IP conferencing and application services — grew 19.4 percent versus the year-earlier quarter continuing strong trends in this area. This now represents a more than $5.5 billion annualized revenue stream.


  • Total business IP data revenues grew 8.8 percent versus the year-earlier second quarter, led by growth in VPN revenues. IP-based solutions allow customers to easily add managed services such as network security, cloud services and IP conferencing on top of their infrastructures. Total business data revenues grew 0.4 percent year over year and grew 0.9 percent sequentially.


A webcast is on the AT&T Investor site.
http://www.att.com
http://www.att.com/gen/landing-pages?wtSlotClick=1-0062GT-0-5&pid=5718

Germany's M-net Telekom Deploys IMS with NSN

M-net Telekommunikations GmbH, a leading operator in Bavaria, Germany, is swapping its existing softswitch with a solution from Nokia Siemens Networks. The operator will deploy NSN's IMS platforms for the rapid introduction of new services while reducing network operating costs and improving energy efficiency.


"Upgrading our network to an NGN platform is essential for us to further strengthen our position in voice services. With this upgrade, we will also be well positioned to capture the growing VoIP opportunity," said Norbert Erl, head of central planning, M-net. "In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks' IMS platform supports us to tap new business opportunities to increase market share and stay ahead of the competition." http://www.nsn.com

Bharti Airtel Africa Awards 5-Year Managed Services Deal to Ericsson

Bharti Airtel awarded a five year managed services agreement to Ericsson for upgrading, optimizing and managing its mobile networks in Africa. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Under a separate two year agreement, Ericsson will modernize and upgrade Airtel's mobile networks in Africa with the latest technology including its multi standard RBS 6000 base station. Ericsson will also provide technology consulting, network planning & design and network deployment.


Manoj Kohli, CEO (International) & Joint Managing Director, Bharti Airtel said: "Ericsson has been our managed services and network technology partner in the Asian operations. Given its expertise and strong track record we are confident that this partnership will be able to efficiently deliver the best networks and services to our customers in Africa. The new generation equipment from Ericsson will help reduce our total cost of ownership of the networks." http://www.ericsson.com http://www.bharti.com

  • Earlier this month, Bharti Airtel awarded a 10-year contract to IBM to provide IT solutions to its employees across 16 African countries. In terms of the agreement, IBM will provide a standard operating environment, help desk and desk side support to enhance employee efficiency and convenience. The announcement builds on a strategic partnership signed in late 2010 to manage the computing technology and services to power Airtel's mobile communications network spanning 16 African countries.


  • In June 2010, India's Bharti Airtel completed its previously announced acquisition of Zain's mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for an enterprise valuation of US$10.7 billion.


    The acquisition positions Airtel as one of the world's top five mobile operators with 180 million customers, operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa. It's network footprint covers over 1.8 billion people. The company will have combined revenues of over US$12.4 billion and EBITDA of over US$ 4.7 billion, based on the last audited results.


    Bharti's acquisition of Zain's African mobile services operations covers 15 countries with a total customer base of over 42 million. The total population base covered is over 450 million with telecom penetration of approximately 32%. The countries in which Bharti has acquired the operations are - Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Zain is the market leader in 10 of the 15 countries and second in 4 countries.


    For Zain, the sale resulted in aggregate net cash proceeds of US$8.968 billion. As at 8th June 2010, Zain confirms that it has received US$7.868 billion of cash proceeds from Bharti. The rest is due over the next 6 months. Zain has also licensed the use of the "Zain" brand and related trademarks to Bharti in all 15 African operations for an interim period.


France Telecom Signs Iliad (Free) for FTTH Rollout

France Telecom-Orange announced a milestone agreement with Free (Iliad Group) covering its forthcoming FTTH rollout across France. The joint financing deal covers about 60 less-dense areas in France representing 5 million homes.


As announced earlier this year, France Telecom-Orange plans to invest EUR 2 billion by 2015 to bring fiber-optic networks to 3,600 French municipalities (communes), covering 10 million households by 2015 and 15 million households by 2020 (corresponding to 17 million homes), totalling nearly 60% of French households. The agreement with Free is the first such deal with an operator concerning fiber deployment in these areas that is due to begin in 2011 and 2012.


France's regulatory framework for FTTH rollout outside of very dense cities was established at the start of the year. This week, France Telecom-Orange published its wholesale offer for access to the new fiber network and submitted details to ARCEP, the national regulator. http://www.francetelecom.com http://www.iliad.fr

  • In March 2011, Free Mobile (Iliad) and Orange announced a national roaming agreement covering their respective 2G and 3G networks in France. This agreement will take effect once Free Mobile has deployed a network that offers coverage for 25% of the French population. Under the terms of its license, Free Mobile has taken a clear commitment to deploy a network that offers coverage to at least 90% of the population by 2018.

Emerald Atlantis Plans 100 x 100 Gbps Undersea Cable System

Emerald Atlantis unveiled plans to build a 100 Gbps undersea cable system along the "Great Circle" route connecting North America to Europe via Iceland. The ambitious project, which has set a late 2012 commissioning date, aims to be the first 100 Gbps, long-haul, undersea fiber cable.


Emerald Express has been designed to support 100 x 100Gbs on each of its six fibre pairs.


Emerald Atlantis has already a construction contract to TE SubCom to proceed with the project. The first phase will provide both low-latency and ultra-high bandwidth capacity between the US, Canada, UK and Iceland, requiring 5,200km of advanced submarine fiber optic cable.


In addition to existing sources of trans-Atlantic traffic, Emerald Atlantis is betting on Iceland, with its cool climate and abundant hydro-electric and geothermal power, to emerge as a major data center hub. The connection to Iceland will be handled via a switchable spur.


Emerald Atlantis has the financial backing of Wellcome Trust, the £14 billion UK-based fund which has already made major investments in Icelandic data centres through its involvement with Verne Global.


"The Emerald Express system's combination of a 100x100G per fibre pair design and 'great circle' routing for optimized trans-Atlantic low latency will enable Emerald Atlantis to meet the tremendous demand for bandwidth driven by cloud services, while providing Iceland with the required connectivity to support the anticipated explosive growth of low cost, 100% carbon free, renewable energy powered data centres, in which the Wellcome Trust, Emerald Atlantis' largest shareholder and strategic partner, has a major investment," said Greg Varisco, EA, President.


Emerald Atlantis is registered in the Isle of Man, is privately owned, operated and funded and has offices in Houston Texas and Reykjavik Iceland. http://www.EmeraldAtlantis.com http://www.tycotelecom.com

  • Emerald Atlantis is headed by Fred Hoffman (Chief Executive Officer), a former Vice President of Royal Dutch Shell.

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