Monday, July 25, 2011

ECI Telecom Offers Packet Radio Backhaul for 4G/LTE

ECI Telecom is expanding its BG-Wave family of carrier-grade microwave radio with a new ​all-outdoor packet offering designed to support LTE in small-sized and high-capacity cell sites. The new offering includes:

BGW-OE, utilizing the conventional microwave spectrum (6 to 38 GHz), is a compact outdoor enclosure for the BG-Wave series of packet and All-Native multiservice radio nodes (MRANs). This enclosure is best suited for sites where putting an indoor unit would be physically impossible or cost-prohibitive. The BGW-OE provides full networking and multiservice capabilities including MPLS-TP and CES (Circuit Emulation) and includes advanced features like XPIC (Cross Polarized Interference Cancellation) to support high capacity links.

AR (All-Outdoor Radio) series, which utilizes the E-band spectrum (71-76/81-86 GHz). The AR series is highly compact and lightweight, and features low power consumption, allowing power over Ethernet (PoE). It supports full Layer 2 networking capabilities while utilizing a zero footprint architecture all the way to the last mile of wireless backhauling. The AR series use the economical and less congested E-band spectrum to deliver
up to 1 Gbps. It is the first cost and performance-optimized E-band offering for last-mile backhaul applications, leading to significant reductions in total cost-of-ownership.

These new offerings complement ECI's 1Net Wireless Backhaul Solution for a complete and cost-effective migration to next-generation networks, while addressing operators' day-to-day and strategic challenges. ​​​

"ECI's new offerings address specific pain points of our customers today, namely how to deploy effective wireless backhauling in new small, high-capacity cell sites. With this all-outdoor packet radio solution, we are expanding our toolkit offering to cope with the new backhaul paradigm imposed by the significant growth in the number of new small cell sites. These new offerings complement our 1Net Wireless Backhaul Solution, which delivers any service over any medium – be it copper, fiber or wireless," stated Alon Moshes, Head of Radio Line of Business, ECI Telecom​​.

OneCommunity Selects Fujitsu FLASHWAVE for Fiber Project

OneCommunity, which is launching a "Transforming Northeast Ohio: From Rust Belt to Tech Powerhouse" project, has selected Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) for integrating Ethernet, ROADM and SONET/SDH.

Backed by a $44.8 million grant from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), the project will deploy 1,000 miles of fiber across northern Ohio.

While the FLASHWAVE 9500 supplies the majority of OneCommunity's transport capabilities, the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 7120 is a significant complement. The FLASHWAVE 7120 extends the reach and capacity of the OneCommunity optical network. The platform combines multiplexing, amplification, signal conditioning and performance monitoring, delivering managed services and wavelengths at the network edge.

"This project will have a significant impact on the region's opportunities for economic development and quality-of-life standards," said Scot Rourke, president and CEO, OneCommunity. "We chose to work with Fujitsu Network Communications because they demonstrated not only technology leadership, but also a commitment to our vision. Fujitsu technology will be benefitting Northern Ohio for decades to come."

Sen. Al Franken Opposes AT&T + T-Mobile Deal

Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced his opposition to AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

In filings with the DOJ and FCC, Franken argues that the merger would be a bad deal for consumers and that it would further stifle competition in an already-concentrated wireless market.

Tellabs Post Q2 Sales Decline, Announces Job Cuts

Tellabs reported Q2 revenue of $334 million, down 21% from $423 million in the year-ago quarter. North America revenue fell 46%, while international revenue rose 70%, compared with the year-ago quarter.

On a GAAP basis, Tellabs recorded a net loss of $20 million or 6 cents per share (basic and diluted) in
the second quarter of 2011, compared with net earnings of $64 million or 17 cents per basic share and 16
cents per diluted share in the second quarter of 2010.

Broadband segment revenue was $163 million, down 29% from the yearago quarter. Transport segment revenue was $114 million, down 14%. Services segment revenue was $57 million, down 6%.

"While we're never satisfied with a loss, we're making progress in improving Tellabs' performance. In the
second quarter, international revenue grew 70% year-over-year, growth products generated a record 61%
of revenue, and the Tellabs 7100 system had its best quarter ever. Compared with the first quarter, we
reduced operating expenses and improved cash flow from operations," said Rob Pullen, Tellabs president
and chief executive officer. "Going forward, we will cut $50 million from expenses and costs over the next
year, better aligning our expenses with revenue expectations."

The job cuts affect about 330 or 10% of Tellabs employees.

Juniper Posts Q2 revenue of $1.1 B, up 15% YoY and up 2% from Q1

Juniper Networks reported Q2 revenue of $1,120.5 million, up 15% from Q2'10 and up 2% from the preceding quarter. GAAP net income was $115.6 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $167.2 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2011.

Juniper's operating margin for the second quarter of 2011 decreased to 15.3% on a GAAP basis from 16.1% in the first quarter of 2011, and from 18.9% in the prior year second quarter.

"Juniper's results reflect momentum in our routing business and a return to solid performance in switching. A number of factors, however, including mixed signals in the macro economy, impacted our performance this quarter," said Kevin Johnson, chief executive officer at Juniper Networks. "We are confident that our investment in innovation is generating a wave of great products that positions us well to deliver on our multi-year growth agenda."

Looking ahead, Juniper said its outlook for the September quarter "reflects some near-term market weakness due primarily to the timing of certain Service Provider deployments. Our overall pipeline is strong and we anticipate many of our recent design wins will begin translating to revenue late in 2011."

Juniper estimates revenue for the third quarter ending September 30, 2011, to be in the range of $1.070 billion to $1.120 billion.

NTT Communications Launches Global Virtual Link Ethernet

NTT Communications announced the worldwide launch of its Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) service, called Global Virtual Link. First introduced in the US through NTT America in 2006, the service is now available in France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands and the U.K., through NTT Com's Tier-1 Global IP Network, one of the world's largest IP backbones.

The service allows dedicated bandwidth from 100 Mbps to 10Gbps, leveraging the reach and reliability of the NTT Com Global Tier-1 IP Network. Customers can choose from fixed or burstable, pay-as-you-go billings to meet their needs

YouTube Consumes 22% of Mobile Data Bandwidth

Video continues its upward trend as the biggest use of mobile bandwidth, according to the latest figures from Allot Communications. The report uses data collected from Allot's worldwide mobile operator customers.

Mobile data bandwidth usage continued its steady rise with 77% growth during the first half (H1) of 2011.

The H1 2011 Allot MobileTrends Report found that video streaming continued to show significant growth with a 93% increase, and remains the single largest application taking up bandwidth, accounting for 39% of mobile bandwidth. Although having limited impact on the total bandwidth, VoIP and IM have gained share to become the fastest growing application type with a 101% increase. This data is in line with the declining SMS/MMS revenue experienced by operators.

Key findings from the H1, 2011 MobileTrends Report include:

  • YouTube remains the single most popular mobile Internet destination, accounting for 22% of mobile data bandwidth usage and 52% of total video streaming

  • Skype continues as the undisputed VoIP market leader with 82% of mobile VoIP bandwidth, although its market share has been slightly reduced by newcomers such as Viber

  • Facebook and Twitter grew by 297% and 166%, respectively

  • 32% of mobile operators worldwide have already implemented application-aware charging model.

InterDigital Files 3G Patent Infringement Claims Against Nokia, Huawei, ZTE

InterDigital filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Nokia, Huawei Technologies and FutureWei Technologies, and ZTE alleging that the companies have engaged in unfair trade practices. InterDigital is asserting patent infringement for certain 3G wireless devices, including WCDMA and cdma2000 mobile phones, USB sticks, mobile hotspots, tablets, and components. The action also extends to certain WCDMA and cdma2000 devices incorporating WiFi functionality. The company has also taken its complaint to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware alleging that these 3G wireless devices infringe these same seven InterDigital patents.

"Over the past thirty years, InterDigital has invested nearly one billion dollars in the development of advanced digital cellular technologies, creating important innovations, and helping to drive an industry creating billions of wireless connections," said Lawrence Shay, President of InterDigital's patent holding subsidiaries. "During that period, we have signed dozens of license agreements with manufacturers, giving them access to a patent portfolio of approximately 19,000 issued patents and patent applications – among the largest wireless portfolios in the world," continued Shay. "The vast majority of our agreements have been reached without the need for litigation. However, despite having engaged in good faith efforts to license our patents to Nokia, Huawei and ZTE, we have not been able to reach an acceptable resolution. As a result, to protect our intellectual property and the interests of our licensees, we made the decision to bring legal action against these parties."

  • Earlier this month, InterDigital confirmed that it is exploring and evaluating potential strategic alternatives for the company, which may include a sale or other transaction.

    “We continue to be optimistic about the prospects for the company under its current business plan,�? stated Terry Clontz, Chairman of InterDigital’s Board of Directors. “That said, over the past year we have seen the value of intellectual property rise substantially as major players in the mobile industry increasingly understand the strategic and economic value of this type of asset. As a result, the Board believes it is an appropriate time to explore potential strategic options that may enhance shareholder value.�?

  • On July 11, 2011, A consortium consisting of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony prevailed as the winning bidder for all of Nortel's remaining patents and patent applications. The winning bid was US$4.5 billion. The sale includes more than 6,000 patents and patent applications spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patents.

LightSquared to Support Next Gen Push-to-Talk for Public Safety

LightSquared confirmed that its next generation satellite service will continue to ensure seamless communications among multiple law enforcement and public safety agencies at the federal, state, tribal and local levels. Specifically, LightSquared will continue to ensure the availability of Push-to-Talk and other critical communications for the nation's public safety community.

As part of this plan, LightSquared will:

Replace the current LightSquared public safety devices at no cost and continue to support older devices through 2014.

Work with the public safety community to design next generation LightSquared devices that meet the rugged standards demanded by public safety workers who work in a wide range of hostile conditions and environments.
Continue to support the Satellite Mutual Aid Radio Talkgroup (SMART) program on which public safety agencies nationwide rely to communicate.

In addition, LightSquared has formed its own Emergency Rapid Response Team that is prepared to travel to troubled areas to assist first responders at the local, tribal, state and federal level with interoperable satellite communications.

Tektronix Acquires Optametra for 100G

Tektronix has acquired Optametra, which supplies a Coherent Lightwave Signal Analyzer, for an undisclosed sum.. The details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2007, Optametra is focused on coherent test for 100G and beyond. Optametra launched its 40G Coherent Lightwave Signal Analyzer in March 2009 and followed up with a 100G later that same year. The company is a pioneer in coherent test, and continues to lead with products and customer support in the R&D and manufacturing spaces. The Optametra Signal Analysis Suite offers the most relevant information display, most relevant modulation formats, and widest linewidth tolerance.

"The emergence of coherent optical standards is creating a technology shift in the Communications market and new testing challenges are emerging," said Amir Aghdaei, President of Tektronix. "Combining Optametra with our next generation of performance oscilloscopes enables us to address this market with a robust solution for our customers. It strengthens our position in Communications and Optical, building our portfolio along with Sampling Scopes and BERTScopes."

  • Optametra is based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Spirent Supplies 100G Test for JPNAP

Internet Multifeed Co. (MF) has conducted the first 100G Ethernet IXP Interoperability Test (IOT) on its Japan Network Access Point (JPNAP), the country's largest Internet exchange, using the Spirent TestCenter solution, which was provided by Toyo Corporation, Spirent's channel partner in Japan.

The IOT, conducted in partnership with Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com.), Japan's two largest service providers, tested the interoperability of routers and switches from Brocade, Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. JPNAP, IIJ and NTT Com interconnected the routers and switches to test the interoperability of the physical and network layers, optical switches, routing exchange and redundant IXP topology at 100G speeds.

Spirent said the test used its TestCenter HyperMetrics™40/100G Ethernet module operating on the Spirent TestCenter platform.

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.

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.

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."

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
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.

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.
  • 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.

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 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.

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. A

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.