Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New USB 3.0 Power Spec Delivers up to 100W

A new power delivery specification for USB 3.0 promises significantly more electrical power than currently provided by 5W and 10W USB ports.

Key characteristics of the forthcoming USB Power Delivery solution include:

  • Compatible with existing cables and connectors

  • Enables voltage and current values to be negotiated over the USB power

  • Enables higher voltage and current in order to deliver power up to 100W

  • Switchable source of power delivery without changing cable direction

  • Coexists with USB Battery.

Delivering 100W via a USB connection potentially could power a notebook PC while simultaneous supporting data connectivity.

FCC Chairman Outlines NG911 Plan

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined the following five-step plan to transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) services, which will promise seamless, end-to-end IP-based communication of emergency-related voice, text, data, photos, and video between the public and public safety answering points. Under the plan, the FCC will:

(1) develop automatic location accuracy mechanisms for NG-911,

2) facilitate the completion and implementation of NG911 technical standards for the hardware and software that carriers and public safety answering points (PSAPs) use to communicate NG911 information,

(3) work with state 911 authorities, other Federal agencies, and other governing entities
to provide technical expertise and develop a coordinated approach to NG911 governance,

(4) develop an NG911 Funding Model focused on the cost-effectiveness of the NG911 network infrastructure linking PSAPs and carriers and

(5) enable consumers to send text, photos, and videos to PSAPs.

In September, the FCC will launch a rulemaking process on how to accelerate NG911 adoption. As part of the proceeding, the FCC will examine interim solutions for ensuring that carriers
and service providers support transmission of text-to-911.

"It's hard to imagine that airlines can send text messages if your flight is delayed, but you can't send a text message to 9-1-1 in an emergency. The unfortunate truth is that the capability of our emergency response communications has not kept pace with commercial innovation – has not kept pace with what ordinary people now do every day with communications devices. The shift to NG911 can't be about if, but about when and how," stated Chairman Genachowski.

The announcement was made at the 2011 Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference
in Philadelphia.

Clearwire Appoints CEO

Clearwire named Erik Prusch as its new President and CEO. John Stanton, the company's Chairman and interim CEO, will become Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Prusch joined Clearwire in August 2009 as CFO and led the efforts to raise over $6 billion in equity and debt to fund the company's explosive growth. He was promoted to COO in March. Prior to joining Clearwire, Prusch served as President and CEO of Borland Software, where he also previously served as CFO, leading the restructuring of the company and returning the business to profitability. Prior to Borland, he was Vice President of Finance at Intuit, CFO of Identix Incorporated and Vice President and CFO, Finance and Operations at Gateway Computers.

Alcatel-Lucent and China's SGIT Partner on Smart Grid

Alcatel-Lucent announced a partnership with China's SGIT (State Grid Information & Telecommunication Company Ltd) to help utilities more effectively manage peak electricity demand, identify opportunities for power savings and cut down on energy usage. China's State Grid Corporation is one of the largest utility companies in the world.

The partnership is expected to address some of the biggest challenges related to smart grids - accessing data used to track energy usage from the plethora of devices including smart meters, analysing that data and delivering that information to the utility. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Huawei Completes HSPA+ Call with 10.4 Mbps Uplink

Huawei has completed the first HSPA+ call with an uplink speed of up to 10.4 Mbps to the cellular base station.

This HSPA+ call was configured to HSUPA cat 7, a 3GPP Release 7 feature defining a new channel configuration that supports 11 Mbps on the uplink to the basestation. This next step in the evolution of HSPA+ capabilities also benefits operators through increased spectrum efficiency on the uplink. The call combined 16QAM modulation with Huawei's E-DPCCH (Enhanced Dedicated Physical Control Channel) boosting technology and Renesas Mobile's advanced mobile platform. http://www.huawei.com

Oregon's Rio Networks Picks ADTRAN

Rio Networks, a CLEC in Central Oregon, has selected ADTRAN for a complete, end-to-end network replacement.
The network upgrade will be based on ADTRAN's flagship Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform. Rio will use the new equipment to deploy a broad spectrum of services including high-speed data, voice and Ethernet business services. The Total Access 5000 is complemented by ADTRAN's NetVanta family of customer premises equipment including the NetVanta 7100 IP Communications platform. Financial terms were not disclosed. http://www.adtran.com

Cisco Posts Solid Quarter, Upbeat Outlook

Cisco reported fourth quarter net sales of $11.2 billion, up 3.3% compared to a year ago. Net income (GAAP) was $1.2 billion or $0.22 per share, down 36.3% from last year. The numbers came in ahead of Wall Street expectations.

"We've made significant progress on our comprehensive action plan to position ourselves for our next stage of growth and profitability, while delivering solid financial results in Q4," said John Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco. "As we start our next fiscal year, you will see a very focused, agile, lean and aggressive company, that is laser focused on helping our customers use intelligent networks to transform their businesses."

In a conference call, Cisco executives said the company is now re-energized and will benefit from its better aligned portfolio and simplified organizational structure. John Chambers said he is confident about the upcoming quarter and expects the company will be retaking market share in important segments such as carrier routing and data center sales.

Some notes:

  • Switching now accounts for 31% of revenue

  • Services now account for for 20% of revenue

  • Routers now account for 15% of revenue

  • New Products now account for 31% of revenue

  • Service Provider spending in the quarter was very solid.

  • Public sector spending remains under pressure as government at all levels tighten spending.

  • Revenue growth was strongest in US & Canada, followed by Asia Pacific. European markets and Emerging markets were relatively flat.

  • Gross margins came in at 62.7% compared to 64.1% a year ago.

  • The previously announced workforce reduction of 6,500 employees has been implemented, including a reduction of 17% in positions at the VP level and above.

  • Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $44.6 billion at the end of fiscal 2011, compared with $43.4 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2011, and compared with $39.9 billion at the end of fiscal 2010.

Monday, August 8, 2011

ZTE Report Rising Sales, Declining Profits

ZTE reported 1H2011 revenue of RMB 37.3 billion for the first half of 2011, up 21.5% over the first half of 2010. Total profit was RMB 1.27 billion, down 8.7% compared to the same period last year.

In its domestic Chinese market, ZTE reported domestic business revenue of RMB 16.5 billion, representing a year-on-year growth of 6.9% and accounting for 44.3% of its operating revenue.

ZTE's revenue from international markets increased by 36.4 per cent year-on-year to RMB 20.81 billion, accounting for 55.7 per cent of the company's operating revenue.

ZTE's gross profit margin for the reporting period was 29.76%, down 3.69 percentage points from the 33.45% reported for the same period last year.

Revenues from handset sales as a percentage of its total operating revenue increased from 25.35%
for the same period last year to 30.03%.

ZTE shipped 60 million terminal products, including 35 million smartphones in the first six months of the year. This is a 400% increase year-on-year in smart terminal sales. Consequently, operating revenue for the company's handset products as a percentage of total operating revenue increased to 30.0 per cent from 25.4 per cent in the same period last year. Overall gross profit margin for handset products declined to 19.6% from 22.7% previously.

Looking ahead, ZTE said it expects domestic carriers to increase their CAPEX spending in the second half of the year.

CENX Supports LightSquared LTE Rollout

CENX announced further expansion of its 4G-LTE wireless backhaul platform, including support of LightSquared's forthcoming wholesale LTE network.

CENX said it is ready to assist wireless operators implementing LTE who require ubiquitous Ethernet backhaul, which means integrating multiple access providers across a region. The CENX Ethernet exchange and wireless backhaul platform offers support systems for monitoring backhaul and SLAs that are Ethernet ready.

"Our decision to work with CENX was based on their unparalleled expertise in Carrier Ethernet and its exchange services," said LightSquared Chief Network Officer Doug Smith. "CENX's advanced OSS will help ensure LightSquared delivers a best-in-class integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network."

"Efficiently delivering the bandwidth required in the wireless backhaul space is the single biggest challenge in the industry; Carrier Ethernet, with its Multi-Class of Service capability, can break the bandwidth logjam and drive the lowest cost per bit and higher profitability," said Nan Chen, President of CENX. "We are proud to be supporting LightSquared's development of its industry changing network."http://www.cenx.com

ADTRAN Acquires Bluesocket

ADTRAN has acquired Bluesocket, a privately held company in Burlington, Mass., that supplies virtual wireless LAN solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bluesocket enables virtual control of WLANs via identity-based QoS and fairness algorithms that are appolied at the access point. Tightly integrated security modules offer robust and scalable NAC, Guest Access, AAA and WIDS capabilities.

The Bluesocket team and product portfolio will be incorporated into ADTRAN's Enterprise Networks Division.

ADTRAN said that combining its enterprise networks portfolio and Bluesocket's innovative solutions will result in a carrier-class, seamless wireless/wireline end-to-end voice, data, video and mobility solution with virtual control.

DISH Loses 135,000 Subs in Q2 -- Base Now at 14.056 Million

DISH Network's net subscribers decreased by approximately 135,000 during the second quarter, and the company ended June 30, 2011, with approximately 14.056 million subscribers.

Financially, revenue totaled $3.59 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, a 13.3 percent increase compared with $3.17 billion for the corresponding period in 2010. Net income attributable to common shareholders totaled $335 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, a 30.3 percent increase compared with $257 million during the same period last year. http://www.dishnetwork.com/

Malaysia's Maxis Goes 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

Maxis Berhad, Malaysia's leading integrated communications service provider, has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 100G optical coherent technology in its core transmission network.

Maxis operates its optical fibre network, covering over 10,000 km of fibre infrastructure, within Peninsular Malaysia with part of the fibre infrastructure delivered through collaborative sharing and swapping.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that Maxis' optical backbone network is the first 100G single carrier with optical coherent technology system commercially deployed in Asia-Pacific. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Sunrise Telecom Adds T1 and SHDSL.bis to Test Platform

Sunrise Telecom has enhanced its RxT Platform with the addition of Dual T1 and SHDSL.bis test modules.

The Dual T1 Module (RxT 2080) is designed to assist field technicians with the new installation, routine maintenance, and troubleshooting of T1 and DS1 problems in the network. The Dual T1 Module is suited for everything from wireless backhaul, call center, and integrated voice and data service installation and maintenance. The module offers a full suite of tools for testing T1 circuits including pulse mask analysis, frequency and signal level measurement, error detection, alarm monitoring, voice frequency, and loopback control.

The new SHDSL.bis module (RxT 2600) represents an effective option for connecting towers which are too distant to run fiber. Additionally, many operators have turned to SHDSL.bis to deliver carrier-grade Ethernet services to small and medium businesses over the existing copper infrastructure. The SHDSL.bis module for the RxT Platform addresses key test requirements for the installation of business class services and mobile backhaul deployed over an SHDSL access network. Both legacy ITU-T SHDSL and enhanced SHDSL.bis technologies are supported for one to four copper pairs.

Sunrise Telecom also highlighted the ability of its ruggedized, hand-held test platform to optimize work flows of field technicians. The solution speeds the installation, verification and troubleshooting of 2G and 3G backhaul circuits as well as 4G/LTE backhaul services. Sunrise Telecom's mobile backhaul solution now includes the RXT-2600 SHDSL.bis, RXT-2080 Dual T1, RxT-2270 E1, RxT-2380 SONET/SDH, RxT-2500 1GE, and RxT-5000 10GE modules, which are all available today through the company's worldwide distribution channels.

"We continue to add new capability to the RxT platform at an aggressive pace, in keeping with our customers' desire to fully equip and enable a growing force of "super techs" in the field," said Bahaa Moukadam. "Outfitting field personnel capable of deploying and maintaining both new and legacy network technologies with a single, robust test platform is the key to increasing productivity for our customers who are rolling out new services." http://www.sunrisetelecom.com

Nokia Siemens Networks Expands in India

Nokia Siemens Networks, is expanding its Chennai (Oragadam) manufacturing facility from 35,000 to 55,000 square meters, and increasing the number of product lines to 33. The company, which now ranks as India's largest international telecom infrastructure manufacturer, plans to export approximately 37% of the facility's production across the Asia Pacific. The expansion will also enable the company to manufacture and distribute new multiradio and LTE products, among other equipment such as GSM and LTE-ready 3G base stations and its FlexiPacket radio. The manufacturing facility will offer energy-efficient equipment to reduce the carbon footprint of new network deployments. It has already started the production of innovative Flexi Multiradio Antenna System, which forms part of Nokia Siemens Networks' Liquid Radio architecture. http://www.nsn.com

FCC Approves Order Adding 650 MHz of Spectrum for Microwave Backhaul

The FCC voted to remove certain regulatory barriers to make 650 MHz of additional spectrum available for Fixed
Service (FS) use and provide additional flexibility to enable FS licensees to reduce operational costs,
increase reliability, and facilitate the use of wireless backhaul in rural areas with wider channel bandwidths in the 6 and 11 GHz bands.

"Today, we implement another key recommendation of our National Broadband Plan by
unleashing additional spectrum to help drive our economy. We do so by removing regulatory barriers to
efficient spectrum use and rapid broadband build-out. Today's Order is a trifecta: It's another important step in our spectrum agenda, recognizing the powerful role that wireless communications can play in economic revitalization. It's another important step in our Broadband Acceleration Initiative, recognizing the importance to job creation of accelerating broadband build-out and reducing its costs. And it's another important step in our regulatory reform agenda, recognizing our ongoing commitment to remove or reform outdated regulations," stated FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Specifically, the FCC order includes the following actions:

Permits FS Operations in Certain BAS and CARS Frequencies: The FCC will now allow FS operators to share the 6875-7125 MHz and 12700-13100 MHz bands currently used for Fixed and Mobile Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) and Cable TV Relay Service (CARS). The order eliminates regulatory impediments to permit FS operations in rural areas where the band is not currently licensed to TV mobile pickup stations used in newsgathering operations and
adopt rules to protect BAS and CARS operations. This action will make 650 megahertz of additional backhaul spectrum available in rural areas where the band is not currently licensed to TV mobile pickup stations used in newsgathering operations.

Eliminates Final Link Rule: The FCC will grant broadcasters greater access to microwave spectrum by eliminating the "final link" rule that prohibits broadcasters from using FS stations as the final radiofrequency (RF) link in the chain of distribution of program material to broadcast stations.

Permits Adaptive Modulation: The Part 101 rules contain a minimum payload capacity rule, 47 CFR § 101.141(a)(3), intended to ensure that FS links are operated efficiently. The new order will permit temporary operations below the minimum capacity under certain circumstances, which will enable FS links to maintain critical communications during periods of fading.

Declines to Permit "Auxiliary" Fixed Stations: The FCC declines to permit FS licensees to coordinate and deploy "auxiliary" links, which would effectively allow point-to-multipoint operations under the point-to-point rules.

The full order is posted online. http://www.fcc.gov

Pangaea Networks Partners with Ciena for Metro Ethernet in New York

Ciena announced a partnership with Pangaea Networks, which delivers flat-rate Ethernet access to more than 2,700 enterprise buildings and interconnectivity to nearly all of the New York and New Jersey metro area data center and colocation facilities. Pangaea has selected Ciena's 3960 Service Delivery Switch, a next-generation Ethernet access system that delivers premium business Ethernet services via fiber or copper connections, to serve as the foundation of its metro network backbone architecture. http://www.ciena.com

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Verizon Offers Mobile Satellite Access to MPLS VPNs

Verizon is adding Mobile Satellite Solutions to its Private IP service suite, enabling corporate customers to gain access to their MPLS networks from anywhere in the satellite footprint in the continental U.S.

Mobile Satellite Solutions comprise any combination of auto deploy kits, communications trailers and an executive coach to provide dependable backup service and enhanced disaster recovery for customers looking for primary access, business continuity, digital signage, IPTV and content delivery.
"With Verizon's 20-plus years of offering satellite services to business and government customers, we are well-equipped to provide the flexibility and coordination satellite projects require," said Nicola Morris, vice president of marketing and strategy for Verizon Business. "Our Mobile Satellite Solutions offer the powerful combination of satellite technology and Verizon's Private IP network."http://www.verizon.com

MRV Introduces Hybrid NID Capabilities for the Carrier Ethernet Access Market

MRV Communications introduced a lineup of hybrid Network Interface Devices (NID) for its OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet access series. The new devices feature Hybrid NID functionality, which enables service providers and cable operators to reduce equipment requirements and increase manageability while jointly deploying and managing their rapidly growing portfolio of Ethernet services.

MRV said this hybrid capability is needed because many Ethernet services require the cooperation of two service providers or cable operators to create an end-to-end service and this requires two customer devices – one for each service provider. The OptiSwitch Hybrid NID capability gives both service providers and cable operators the ability to simultaneously monitor and manage the same Carrier Ethernet demark device located at a customer's site in their partners out-of-franchise network.

"Carrier Ethernet is becoming the pervasive network technology because it enables creative and important new packet-based services," said David Stehlin, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MRV's Optical Communications Systems™ (OCS) division. "As a result, there is now a critical need for providers to efficiently hand off packet-based services between networks. The hybrid NID technology now included in our OptiSwitch family of products is a key innovation that increases manageability, lowers capital expense and facilitates consistent regional, national and global Ethernet services."http://www.mrv.com