Sunday, July 24, 2011

Juniper Hires Former Head of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business

Juniper Networks has appointed Robert Muglia as executive vice president of the Software Solutions Division. He joins the company from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and will report directly to Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson.


Over the past 23 years, Muglia has served in leadership positions across all of Microsoft's business groups, including Developer, Office, Mobile Devices, Windows NT and Online Services. Most recently, Muglia served as president of Microsoft's $15 billion Server and Tools Business (STB), where he was responsible for infrastructure software, developer tools and cloud platforms, including products such as Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center and the Windows Azure Platform. During his tenure leading STB, revenues increased by 50 percent.

http://www.juniper.net

NDS Appoints Dave Habiger as CEO

NDS, which supplies conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) technology, announced the appointment of Dave Habiger as Chief Executive Officer, and that in his continuing role with the company, Dr. Abe Peled, previously Chairman and CEO, will assume the full time position of Executive Chairman.


Dave Habiger, 42, began his career in media as a founder of Providence Productions. In 1992 he began working with the founding members of Sonic Solutions, later playing an important role in the company's IPO in 1994 (NASDAQ: SNIC). As President and COO he organized and managed a global software development team, later becoming CEO in 2005.
http://www.nds.com

Mindspeed Acquires IPG Comm for W-CDMA

Mindspeed Technologies has acquired substantially all of the assets of privately held IPG Communications, Inc. of San Diego, CA. Financial terms were not disclosed.


IPG specialized in advanced signal processing technologies for wideband code division multiple access (W-CDMA) 3GPP standard release 8, which deliver significant cost and power advantages. In addition, IPG designed a dual-mode turbo decoder which combines W-CDMA and LTE, greatly reducing the memory and logic complexity for the system-on-chip (SoC) as compared with standard decoders.


"The team at IPG has established a strong reputation for exceptional communications systems design, software-defined radio (SDR) expertise and dual-mode wireless development," said Thomas Medrek, Mindspeed's senior vice president and general manager, communications convergence processing. "The opportunity to add this highly-regarded team to our own 3G and LTE wireless baseband development efforts will enhance our position in the mobile infrastructure sector as we continue to win next-generation base station designs around the world."http://www.mindspeed.com

UAE's du Completes First Phase of OTN Backbone Transformation

UAE-based du announced the completion of the first phase of its Optical Transport Network (OTN) expansion, becoming among the first few telecom service providers in the Middle East to establish OTN on a national scale across the country; converging all its services.


The OTN upgraded project is set to extend all the way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and the northern emirates, ultimately reaching du's submarine cable landing station in Fujairah. du has invested over $65 million in this project, which has already reached an advanced stage and will be completed by mid-2012 to include Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Qwain.


The project includes installation of the latest Ultra Low Loss fiber cabkeall over UAE.


Phase 1 in Abu Dhabi and southern emirates connects Abu Dhabi, Al Silla, Al Ain with Dubai (completed), while Phase 2 will cover northern emirates area connecting Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Fujairah and the east coast, The second phase is already being executed and is expected to be completed by mid-2012
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The project has also added a new dimension by providing an international connection between du and Saudi Telecom Company - STC (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Omantel (Al Buraimi - Oman) providing terrestrial fibre infrastructure connectivity to international gateways. The Infrastructure Backbone also connects with du's international Cable Landing Station facility in Fujairah which adds an additional high bandwidth gateway towards Asia, Africa and Europe continents through the Europe India Gateway (EIG) project).



"Optical Transport Network along with our own Backbone Infrastructure using the latest in Fibre Optic Cables will enhance the capacity of the backbone and to the end users, and also provide enhanced network coverage to 2G and 3G mobile users. Moreover, it will act as a core network to connect the UAE to other nearby countries through global and submarine cables. So, our network will add to the UAE connectivity capacity regionally. This in turn acts as a stepping stone towards our preparations to launch our fixed line service nationwide. We will continue our efforts to develop our network to further advance our customer experience," stated Hatem Bamatraf, Senior Vice President , Network Development, du.
http://www.du.ae

ZTE Establishes Finance Arm -- RMB 1 Billion in Capital

ZTE has established a group finance company, ZTE Group Finance Co. Ltd. (ZTEFC), a registered capital fund of RMB 1 billion. The new organization, which is based in Shenzhen, has been approved by the Chinese Banking Regulatory Commission. Mr. Wei Zaisheng, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ZTE, will serve as the Chairman of the new establishment.


A signing ceremony for the company's establishment and partner agreement was held in Shenzhen on July 22 by ZTE Chairman Hou Weigui and Mr. Wei. At the ceremony, Mr. Shi Chunmao, Vice Chairman of ZTEFC, on behalf of the new establishment, signed the strategic cooperation agreement with representatives from five leading Chinese banks including the China Development Bank.


"The establishment of ZTEFC represents a breakthrough in our relationship with the finance industry which will lay the groundwork for the corporation's future development. ZTEFC will perform its role in financial servicing to enhance the efficiency of the Group's fund application process and to deepen its pool of financial sources. This will have the effect of minimizing the company's financing costs and financial risks, while supporting its global growth and development," stated ZTE Chairman Hou Weigui.
http://www.zte.com.cn
  • Earlier this month, 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.


  • 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.

Mindspeed's Revenue Up 10% Sequentially

Mindspeed reported quarterly revenue of $42.2 million, up 10% sequentially.


Product revenue from communications convergence processing solutions contributed 45 percent of quarterly product revenues and increased 22 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter. Product revenue from high-performance analog products represented 37 percent of product revenue and increased 4 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter. Wide area networking communications product revenue contributed the remaining 18 percent of product revenue and decreased 3 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter.


"We are pleased with the growth of our business in the fiscal third quarter and the strength in our strategic end-market of fiber optic access. Importantly, we also continue to believe that long-term growth for Mindspeed will be based on our strong design win pipeline for market-leading solutions in key global networking initiatives, such as optical infrastructure and most significantly our expansion into 4G wireless. Our market leadership in 4G wireless is driving customer engagements with a multitude of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for a variety of basestation applications targeting key service provider 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) rollouts worldwide, most of which are expected to enter field trials in calendar 2012," said Raouf Y. Halim, Mindspeed's chief executive officer.
http://www.mindspeed.com

Broadcom Posts Q2 Revenue of $1.8B, up 12% YoY

Broadcom reported Q2 revenue of $1.8 billion, an increase of 12% compared with the $1.6 billion reported for the second quarter of 2010. Net income (GAAP) was $175 million, or $.31 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $278 million, or $.52 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2010.

"Broadcom delivered solid profitability in Q2 within our non-GAAP target model, with better-than-expected gross margins and record cash flow from operations," said Scott A. McGregor, Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Looking forward, we see strong demand for our communications solutions, reinforcing that innovation is driving customer demand. We expect solid growth in revenue and profitability in Q3."


Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2011 was $418 million, or $.72 per share (diluted), compared with non-GAAP net income of $418 million, or $.74 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2010.

Conference Call Information

As previously announced, Broadcom will conduct a conference call with analysts and investors to discuss its second quarter financial results and current financial prospects today at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time). The company will broadcast the conference call via webcast over the Internet. To listen to the webcast, or to view the financial and other statistical information required by Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G, please visit the Investors section of the Broadcom website at www.broadcom.com/investors. The webcast will be recorded and available for replay until 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, August 15, 2011.

The financial results included in this release are unaudited.
http://www.broadcom.com

Research In Motion Cuts 2,000 Jobs

Research In Motion Limited (RIM) announced a global workforce reduction across all functions by approximately 2,000 employees. Following the completion of the workforce reduction, RIM's global workforce is expected to be approximately 17,000 people. The company said it is reallocating resources to focus on areas that offer the highest growth opportunities.


The company also announced several management changes. Thorsten Heins is taking on the expanded role of COO, Product and Sales. All product engineering functions, including both hardware and software teams, are being consolidated under Thorsten's direction. Patrick Spence is taking on the role of Managing Director, Global Sales and Regional Marketing. Robin Bienfait is maintaining her responsibilities as CIO, including BlackBerry Operations, Customer Service and Corporate IT functions, and also taking on responsibility for the Enterprise Business Unit focused on delivering outstanding customer service and extending RIM's leadership in the enterprise sector. David Yach, in his role as CTO, Software, will focus on current and future software platforms, as well as the surrounding developer and application ecosystem. Jim Rowan is taking on the expanded role of COO, Operations and will continue to be responsible for manufacturing, global supply chain and repair services. Ahttp://www.rim.com

HP Resells Acme Packet Enterprise Session Border Controllers

HP has selling the Acme Packet family of Net-Net enterprise session border controllers (E-SBCs) as part of the HP Unified Communications (UC) Solutions Portfolio.


Acme Packet E-SBCs address critical interoperability, service quality and security challenges that are encountered when using IP to deliver real-time voice, video and UC. The integrated solutions enable consolidation of communications services onto a unified IP network infrastructure without disruptive changes to existing applications, security compromises, or service interruptions. http://www.acmepacket.com

Germany's HEAG MediaNet Goes with Orckit-Corrigent's PTN Switches

HEAG MediaNet, a leading German telecommunication service provider, will deploy Orckit-Corrigent's MPLS and MPLS-TP based CM-4000 PTN switches and the accompanying CM-View network management system, complemented by 3M Services comprehensive support scheme, to expand its networking infrastructure for the delivery of carrier, enterprise VPN and residential broadband services on a converged networking layer.


Orckit-Corrigent's CM-4000 portfolio is a series of small, medium and large capacity Packet Transport Network switches that offer any combination of Ethernet, SDH and PDH services to facilitate migration towards a unified
packet network. These switches are based on dual stack MPLS and MPLS-TP, packet synchronization and circuit emulation technologies, and are designed to scale up the delivery of residential, business and mobile backhauling services in next-generation telecom networks.


"HEAG MediaNet is building an advanced packet network that will deliver a wide range of broadband services to our carrier, enterprise and residential customers," said Mr. Jan Kessler, CTO of HEAG MediaNet. "Orckit- Corrigent's solutions uniquely meet our performance and economical requirements. Together with 3M Services GmbH support, we look forward to instantly leveraging Orckit-Corrigent's solutions in order to provide our customers with excellent services", accomplished Mr. Friedebert Helfrich, CEO of HEAG MediaNet.


Orckit-Corrigent noted that this deployment marks the fifth order received from European carriers over the past three quarters: EnviaTel, VSE NET, Cegecom and K-Net also selected Orckit-Corrigent's PTN solutions and 3M Services' solutions to expand their networking infrastructure. http://www.orckit.com

Alcatel-Lucent Offer Open Telepresence Solution

Alcatel-Lucent released a suite of open visual collaboration solutions that extends enterprise video to any endpoint and location, including desktop PCs, smart phones, laptops, tablets, interactive whiteboards and display screens across offices, meeting rooms and boardrooms. Collaborators on the solutions include SMART Technologies, RADVISION and Lifesize.


Alcatel-Lucent's Visual Collaboration suite includes the new Alcatel-Lucent Interactive Whiteboard Solution, which integrates content sharing using the Alcatel-Lucent My Teamwork application with employee workgroup collaboration enabled by the SMART Board 685ix interactive whiteboard system. The interactive whiteboard connects participants across conference rooms and remote locations, enabling them to write and collaborate in real time with all videoconference participants seeing what is being written and reviewed.


The Visual Collaboration suite also includes web-based video conferencing clients for employee desktops, and a range of solutions that feature infrastructure and dedicated end points from RADVISION and Lifesize for small, medium and large conference rooms, and boardrooms. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

CloudBees Raises $10.5 Million for Java Middleware

CloudBees, a start-up based in Boston, raised $10.5 million in Series B financing for its Java Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technology.


Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is the software infrastructure needed to run applications in the cloud; in simplest terms, it is middleware for the cloud.


CloudBees DEV@cloud provides the fully integrated development infrastructure while RUN@cloud provides the 'application server' in the cloud. With the CloudBees PaaS, developers have everything they need to quickly and easily develop and deploy applications in the cloud -- without having to purchase, configure and maintain hardware and without having to program applications for a specific underlying infrastructure service (IaaS).


The new funding was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Matrix Partners also participated in the round, following up its initial lead investment in the company's $4 million Series A, which also included JBoss alumni Robert Bickel and Marc Fleury.

http://www.cloudbees.com/

NetLogic Adapts its Multi-Core Processor for Network Storage

NetLogic Microsystems introduced a multi-core processor optimized for the rapidly growing storage-area networking (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) markets in data center, enterprise and small-to-midsize business (SMB) networks.

The XLP316T multi-core processor integrates 16 high-performance NXCPUs featuring a highly differentiated quad-issue, quad-threaded, superscalar out-of-order processor architecture capable of operating at up to 2.0 GHz.

In addition, the XLP316T processor, manufactured in TSMC's advanced 40nm process technology, offers unique features, such as RAID 5 and RAID 6 hardware acceleration, storage de-duplication acceleration, high-speed Serial ATA (SATA) interfaces and large on-chip L3 cache, making it ideally suited to storage systems that require the highest performance, functionality and lowest power. http://www.netlogicmicro.com

NeoPhotonics Samples 40G Transceiver Module

NeoPhotonics has begun sampling its first 40G transceiver module for high speed Ethernet client side applications. The new pluggable transceiver increases the data rate per module from 10G, in the case of XFP or SFP+ transceivers, to 40G, over single mode fiber at distances up to 10 kilometers.


The new NeoPhotonics product is designed primarily to connect gigabit and terabit routers and switches with next generation high capacity transport systems. The 40G transceiver is designed to comply with the IEEE 802.3ba 40GBASE-LR4 specification and to support OTU3 rates and 44.4G for future applications. The new 40G CFP module is now available in sample quantities.


"We are excited to announce our first 40G client-side transceiver module for cloud and data center applications," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "We have provided samples to our customers as they serve the rapidly expanding 40G Ethernet market with cost-effective pluggable solutions. The new module complements our existing broad portfolio of line side products, such as our Integrated Coherent Receiver (ICR) for 40G and 100G DWDM transport applications, and underlines our commitment to the ultra-high speed segment of the transceiver market," concluded Mr. Jenks. http://www.neophotonics.com

OTN Hits its Stride







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Optical Transport Network (OTN) has grown up to become a true network layer technology, allowing different signals to be muxed into different layers. The technology is hitting new milestones in mainstream deployments as it moves up to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps capabilities. Presented by Francesco Caggioni, Director of Strategic Marketing, AppliedMicro. http://www.apm.com

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

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