Monday, October 24, 2011

Tellabs Revenue Falls to $314 million

Tellabs reported Q3 2011 revenue of $314 million, compared with $430 million in the year-ago quarter. North American revenue declined to $151 million, and revenue outside North America rose to $163 million.

For the third quarter of 2011, Broadband segment revenue was $170 million, down 15% from the yearago quarter. Transport segment revenue was $87 million, down 49%. Services segment revenue was $57
million, down 6%.

On a GAAP basis, Tellabs recorded a net loss of $138 million or 38 cents per share in the third quarter of 2011, compared with net earnings of $57 million or 15 cents per share in the third quarter of 2010. The loss was primarily driven by a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $83 million; a non-cash in-process R&D impairment charge of $20 million; and previously announced restructuring charges of $20 million.

“We're disappointed by third-quarter revenue in North America,�? said Rob Pullen, Tellabs president and
chief executive officer. “Yet we're encouraged by the continuing growth of our business outside North
America, which generated more than half of Tellabs' quarterly revenue for the first time.�?

PCTEL Acquires Envision Wireless

PCTEL, which develops antenna, scanning receiver, and network solutions, acquired the assets of Envision Wireless, an engineering services business based in Melbourne, Florida. Envision focuses on the RF issues pertaining to in-building coverage and capacity and its target market is relevant to PCTEL's antenna and scanning receiver businesses. The company provides value-added analysis of collected data. They provide services to the public cellular carriers, network infrastructure providers, and real estate concerns. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“In-building represents one of our key, vertical antenna markets,�? said Marty Singer, PCTEL's Chairman and CEO. “Additionally, our scanning receivers are widely used by network engineers in resolving in-building design issues. We plan on expanding Envision's current operation and leveraging their activities into sales of both antennas and scanning receivers,�? added Singer.

F5 Posts Revenue of $314.6 million

F5 Networks reported revenue of $314.6 million for its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, up 8 percent from $290.7 million in the prior quarter and 24 percent from $254.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010. For fiscal year 2011, revenue was $1.15 billion, up 31 percent from $882.0 million in fiscal year 2010.

“In the first full quarter that VIPRION 2400 was generally available, demand for the new mid-range chassis exceeded our expectations. During the fourth quarter, we also saw strong demand for VIPRION 4400, our high-end chassis, particularly among our Telco customers.�?

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $67.6 million ($0.84 per diluted share) compared to $62.5 million ($0.77 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2011 and $48.2 million ($0.59 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter a year ago. GAAP net income for the year was $241.4 million ($2.96 per diluted share) versus $151.2 million ($1.86 per diluted share) in fiscal year 2010.

Bytemobile Publishes Mobile Video Analytics Report

Demand for higher-quality video resolution is growing steadily in mobile networks worldwide, according to Bytemobile newly released Mobile Analytics Report. Some key findings:

  • On average, mobile subscribers consume their total daily video content in a single session.

  • Video users click through multiple videos before terminating their session.

  • On average, mobile video subscribers watch 10 videos sequentially.

  • Across geographies, subscribers on un-optimized networks view approximately 60 seconds of each video clip, while subscribers on optimized networks watch 90 seconds.

  • On an average day, 17% of total laptop subscribers consume video content, compared to 11% of total iPhone subscribers and 7% of total Android subscribers. Less than one percent of feature phone subscribers attempt to consume video content.

  • During off-peak network hours, an individual subscriber will consume twice as much video content in a single session than they would during peak hours.

  • demanding higher-quality videos across all device types.

  • Form factor, screen size and user interface impact mobile video consumption.

  • Depending on network conditions and time of day, mobile videos stall between 5 percent and
    40 percent of the time.

  • Video optimization technology reduces stalling by 30-50 percent.

Broadcom Posts Q3 Revenue of $1.96 billion -- Up 8.4% YoY

Broadcom reported Q3 2011 revenue of $1.96 billion, an increase of 8.4% compared with the $1.81 billion reported for the third quarter of 2010. Net income computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the third quarter of 2011 was $270 million, or $.48 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $328 million, or $.60 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of 2010.

"Broadcom delivered record revenue and cash flow in Q3 with strength across all of our end markets - Home, Hand and Infrastructure," said Scott McGregor, Broadcom's President and CEO. "While our outlook reflects potential industry softness, our long-term strategy is to continue to outgrow the overall semiconductor market with product innovations that drive new market growth and value."

DragonWave Debuts its "Avenue" Microcellular Solution

DragonWave introduced its "Avenue" backhaul solution for small cell base stations.

DragonWave's new product accommodates a wide range of 3G or 4G microcellular RAN access units and leverages an integrated backhaul antenna array supporting up to three simultaneous backhaul beam paths using frequencies ranging from 2 GHz to 80 GHz to deliver 1.2 Gbps of aggregate, full-duplex capacity. Alternatively, the Avenue can be backhauled via fiber or DSL.
RAN base stations integrated into the Avenue can be backhauled over distances up to 4 km/2.5 mi. The Avenue's ultra-high capacity enables the support of a wide range of network topologies (self-healing rings, constrained meshes, point-to-point/daisy-chaining or multi-point).

DragonWave said it engineered the Avenue to deliver the highest levels of spectral efficiency and reliability for carrier-grade delivery of advanced applications and services.

Alcatel-Lucent Builds 4G Consumer Communications Solution

Alcatel-Lucent has developed an application for 4G that integrates voice and video-calling, instant messaging and group calling and across a variety of devices - smartphone, tablet or PCs.

Alcatel-Lucent's new 4G Consumer Communications Solution uses flash-capable web browser technology to enable consumers to connect via video using virtually any PC or mobile internet device, so they don't need to figure out whether the person they are calling is using a compatible video service or device as they do today. Significantly, the solution leverages Alcatel-Lucent's IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) to ensure the quality of experience for various communications and social services.

Sandip Mukerjee, President, Advanced Communications Solutions at Alcatel-Lucent said: "By greatly simplifying access to the range of available communication formats and devices, Alcatel-Lucent's 4G Consumer Communications solution creates a ‘new conversation experience' that makes every contact as easy and reliable as a voice call. This improved experience will be welcomed by anyone who has ever suffered the frustration of juggling the multiple ways they connect with the people in their lives. Now subscribers just place the call in whatever format they choose and enjoy the service."

Symantec Delivers Hosted, User-defined Security Controls with Partners

Symantec is partnering with Tekmark Global Solutions and Centri Technology to deliver hosted, user-defined security controls that will enable communication service providers to offer their mobile subscribers the ability to improve their safety online, even when roaming across operator networks or using Wi-Fi access.

Symantec Accelerated Next Generation Network Protection (NGNP) is a hosted service for network operators. By using a software client on each protected mobile device, traffic can be filtered with multiple levels of configurability for content controls, such as identifying certain URLs or groups of URLs to allow or block, creating a walled garden and inspecting web downloads for malicious content. For instance, user defined parental controls can be configured for specific website access, inappropriate links or for time-of-day controls. For enterprises, global or departmental website controls and reporting are enabled.

Centri supplies data acceleration technologies. Tekmark's expertise lies in developing and integrating information systems, operating and improving technology and business processes, and helping clients evolve to the next generation of technologies.

  • In October 2010, Symantec introduced its network-based policy control and enforcement solution that enables communication service providers to dynamically apply user preferences in a consistent fashion to a variety of services. Such a value-added service would protect smartphone users from the growing number or online threats. It could also enforce parental controls, such as time-of-day usage or inappropriate vocabulary, on texting usage by children.

    For example, a parent may choose to disable texting functionality for their child's phone during school hours or at night. Or, a corporation might disable photo sharing from mobile devices for their employee base. Symantec Next Generation Network Protection will also provide data retention capabilities to aid with regulatory requirements and usage analysis. Compliance with local regulations is simple with Symantec assisting in the archiving of mobile messaging and Web access logs, storage of content and traffic information, mobile data traffic management and an audit history.

    Symantec said it will be able to provide flexible, customizable policy features from the network.

Alcatel-Lucent Enhances 7705 Services Aggregation Router

Alcatel-Lucent announced several improvements to its 7705 Services Aggregation Router (SAR) family aimed at the mobile backhaul market. The new power-efficient, small footprint, high-performance 7705 SAR-M models provide operators with additional network flexibility in addressing their requirements for mobile backhaul, business services, and strategic industries such as Smart Grids.

Alcatel-Lucent said its new 7705 SAR-M models support a variety of cell site access options including nxDS1/E1, Gigabit Ethernet, microwave, OADM, GPON and xDSL. The 7705 SAR-M xDSL module, with support for up to 8-pair bonding over VDSL2, boosts data speeds over copper access networks and provides a clear evolution path to even higher data throughputs with VDSL2 Vectoring technology.

The 7705 SAR product family, which has been deployed by more than 80 operators so far, supports 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE.

Alcatel-Lucent also noted that it currently holds the position of leading vendor in the Ethernet cell site gateway and Ethernet mobile backhaul router markets for the first six months of 2011, according to Infonetics.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Video: Energy Efficient Ethernet -- The Drive to Low-power Networking

In this 8-minute video, Vitesse's Brian Jaroszewski and Dinesh Kannapan discuss the growing cumulative power demands of networks and how the IEEE's 802.3az standard paves the way for a new generation of Energy Efficient Ethernet. Vitesse's EcoEthernet pushes the efficiency gains even further with additional power saving techniques.


SiTime High Performance MEMS Differential Oscillators

SiTime introduced a set of high performance differential oscillators with 10 PPM stability and only 500 femtoseconds of jitter and targeted at high performance telecom, storage and networking applications such as core and edge routers, SATA / SAS / FibreChannel host bus adapters, cloud storage, servers, wireless base stations and 10Gb Ethernet switches.

The SiT9121and SiT9122 MEMS oscillators can be custom configured and use industry-standard footprints, enabling easy replacement of quartz differential oscillators without any design or layout changes.

"Traditional differential oscillators that are based on legacy quartz, SAW and overtone technology have inherent limitations in stability and reliability,�? said Piyush Sevalia, vice president of marketing at SiTime. “The new SiT912x differential oscillators offer a unique combination of ultra performance and programmable features that were developed with SiTime's analog CMOS and all-silicon MEMS technology. Our breakthrough products render traditional oscillators obsolete, and accelerate the electronics industry's usage of MEMS oscillators.�?

Key features:

  • 500 femtoseconds of integrated RMS phase jitter (12 kHz to 20 MHz) to meet the stringent requirements of applications such as SONET

  • ±10, ±25, and ±50 PPM total frequency stability for better system timing margin

  • Wide frequency range: 1 to 220 MHz for SiT9121 and 220 to 650 MHz for SiT9122

  • Programmable frequency with 6 decimal places of accuracy, ensuring the highest system performance

  • Configurable LVPECL and LVDS signaling levels

  • 50,000 g shock and 70 g vibration resistance, along with 500 million hours MTBF for high reliability applications

  • Operating voltage of 2.5V or 3.3V

  • Industrial (-40 to +85°C) and extended commercial (-20 to +70°C)

  • Industry standard footprints in 5.0x3.2mm and 7.0x5.0mm packages

  • Sample shipments in 48 hours and production lead time of 3-5 weeks.

AT&T Teams with Harris on Public Safety LTE

AT&T and Harris announced an alliance to develop and deliver next generation public safety LTE solutions.
The companies are exploring opportunities to provide first responders with broadband and mission critical communications systems that will enable high-speed video and data solutions.

AT&T and Harris would bring extensive experience supporting public safety and government customers. Key deliverables would include:

  • A unified experience driven by integration of broadband and narrowband Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks

  • Multiple business models to fit agencies' needs and resources – from complete end-to-end network solutions to a subscriber-based model

  • Seamless roaming and nationwide interoperability using AT&T's 4G network when outside the public safety LTE network coverage area

  • Handheld, vehicle-mounted and peripheral LTE-compatible devices

  • Mission-critical broadband applications

  • Seamless access to both private and public networks for public safety agencies

  • Network management, applications and support systems

  • Integrated Broadband/Project 25 infrastructure and devices.

"This alliance is a first step toward making next-generation technology and services available to agencies who seek competitive options," said Chris Hill, AT&T Vice President of Advanced Business Solutions. "It's the beginning of a public safety ecosystem of open devices and applications interoperable with private broadband networks, as they become available."

  • In August, Harris Corporation, in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks, has provided its 700 MHz LTE public safety network infrastructure to the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) testing lab in Boulder, Colorado. The solution is now operational within the 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Demonstration Network. Harris noted that its 700 MHz LTE network support a wide range of existing and emerging high-bandwidth applications such as streaming video, advanced situational awareness and PTT (Push To Talk) voice-over-broadband features. The networks also provide users with priority and Quality of Service (QoS) controls, user authentication and air link encryption, advanced load balancing and Self-Optimizing Network Management.

AT&T Notes Soaring Wi-Fi Offloads, Acquires Superclick

AT&T Wi-Fi connections nearly tripled (up more than 282 percent) in Q3 to 301.9 million versus connections made in the third-quarter 2010. Users now make 100 million AT&T Wi-Fi connections per month. AT&T also saw data carried on its Wi-Fi network more than double versus the third-quarter 2010.

AT&T currently has more than 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in operation. Smartphone users can connect to these hotspots automatically at no extra cost.

"The accelerating growth in connections and usage on our Wi-Fi network shows what we've known all along: Customers want to connect wherever they are, from any device, in a fast, reliable and convenient way,�? said Angie Wiskocil, senior vice president, AT&T Wi-Fi Services. “Consumers and businesses understand the numerous benefits in using and offering Wi-Fi in more places. By investing in our network and expanding our Wi-Fi footprint, we will continue to be the leader in Wi-Fi services."

AT&T also announced plans to acquire Montreal-based Wi-Fi management services provider Superclick for an undisclosed sum. Superclick Networks is the management solution provider for hospitality Internet network services. The company also supplies a standalone a wireless and wired IP network management and Internet gateway solution. AT&T said the acquisition enables it to expand its services and platforms to deliver premium services in the high-end hospitality sector, domestically and internationally. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Superclick's customers include Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Kimpton Hotels, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts as well as leading ownership and management groups. http://www.att.con

Ceragon Debuts Backhaul solution for Ethernet and IP/MPLS

Ceragon Networks introduced a wireless backhaul solution optimized for Ethernet & IP/MPLS aggregation networks.

The new FibeAir IP-10Q can deliver up to 4 Gbps of traffic and support up to four carriers in a single rack unit. It leverages an innovative frame cut-through technology that provides extremely low latency for delay-sensitive applications, with up to 70% reduction in frame delay compared to other available solutions. Ceragon said its device enables operators to meet strict subscriber service level agreement (SLA) requirements through its no single point of failure (SPoF) design, and is optimized for migration from SONET/SDH aggregation networks to packet networks.

"As 4G/LTE networks rollout intensifies, operators must be ready to deal with the oncoming flood of data across their entire network,�? said Hagai Zyss, EVP and GM of Short-Haul Solutions Group at Ceragon Networks. “The FibeAir IP-10Q offers operators the end-to-end wireless backhaul capacity management necessary to build out tomorrow's aggregation networks. This newest device in the FibeAir IP-10 series provides even more ways to tailor backhaul solutions and increase network scalability to match our customers' needs and reduce their dependency on fiber."

Key Features:

  • Highest possible capacity and efficiency at any channel bandwidth

  • Up to 1 Gbps of IP traffic on a single radio channel

  • High radio density - up to 4 carriers in 1 radio unit with built-in redundancy

  • Optimized for Ethernet & IP/MPLS aggregation networks

  • Enhanced compression technology for capacity acceleration

  • Seamless replacement path of existing network elements and easy upgrade from multi-carrier systems

  • Network Management System (NMS) with full FCAPS including end-to-end Ethernet service management.

Texas Instruments Focuses on Nano Power Energy Harvesting

Texas Instruments introduced its next generation of power management integrated circuits (ICs) for energy harvesting, potentially opening the door for self-powered devices, such as wireless sensors in Smartgrid, industrial, security, medical, agriculture, and structural monitoring applications.

TI said its new, highly efficient boost charger for nano (ultra low) power energy harvesting can manage the microwatts to milliwatts of power generated from a number of sources, such as solar, thermoelectric, electromagnetic and vibration, and store the extracted energy in various storage elements, including Li-ion batteries and super capacitors. The new device also includes circuitry to protect the energy storage element from over voltage and under voltage conditions and to kick-start the system when the battery is deeply discharged.

TI calculates that in a solar panel powering a handheld device that is operating in indoor light conditions, for example, the new boost charger increases the usable harvested energy by 30 to 70 percent compared to a linear regulator.

"Wireless sensor networks have been limited in their penetration due to the cost associated with maintaining and replacing the batteries within sensor nodes," said Sami Kiriaki, senior vice president over TI's Power Management business. "With the bq25504 boost charger, the nodes can power autonomously, which can reduce the operating cost and thereby make ultra low-power wireless sensor networks cost-effective in more applications, such as industrial monitoring of hazardous or restricted areas."

Motorola Solutions Readies its Public Safety LTE Solution

Motorola Solutions will begin shipping its first Public Safety LTE solution on Nov. 11, 2011 (11/11/11).
The commercial release builds on the company's alliances with Ericsson and Verizon Wireless.

This Public Safety LTE solution will support a host of public safety applications such as Motorola's PremierOne and other computer-aided dispatch (CAD), real-time video streaming, tactical collaboration, dynamic mapping and routing, and in-field reporting as well as push-to-talk and voice telephony.

Motorola also noted the following:

The first release of Public Safety LTE will prioritize bandwidth on standards-based LTE depending on the responder's agency, role and applications being used.

Ericsson provides LTE radio access and packet core networks with field-proven stability, throughput, and latency – key factors for Public Safety workers.

The Ericsson LTE eNodeB equipment, RBS 6000, included in Motorola's Public Safety LTE solution complies with 3GPP Release 9, exceeding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Public Safety Communications Research Program (PSCR) mandate of 3GPP Release 8.

The Motorola and Verizon Wireless alliance will enable first responders to realize connectivity to their services on both the Motorola Public Safety LTE network and nationwide Verizon Wireless' 3G/4G network.

Motorola has publicly announced three Public Safety LTE projects: San Francisco Bay Area; Harris County, Texas; and the state of Mississippi.

  • In August, Motorola introduced two LTE devices aimed at public safety applications. The VML700 LTE Vehicle Modem connects equipment in the patrol car, fire apparatus, or command vehicle to Band Class 14 LTE networks. The solid state device can also connect to EVDO and WiFi networks. It is built to withstand heat, cold, rain, dust, humidity and vibration.

    The UM1000 USB LTE Modem plugs into a USB port to allow laptops or mobile computers access to a Public Safety LTE network.

Alvarion Moves into Indoor DAS Solutions

Alvarion introduced its new BreezeCELL solution for indoor coverage. The new system leverages a unique flat architecture supporting multi-technology, single cable MIMO and much more. The solution's remote unit is all-inclusive with an antenna inside, which reduces installation complexity and helps reduce CAPEX.

“We believe that current and future DAS deployments are all about data capacity. To meet customer expectations, operators have to consider LTE, MIMO, additional sectors and device-to-base station quality of connectivity,�? commented Ron Agam, General Manager, Wireless Capacity and Coverage, Alvarion. “We have designed TrueActive technology to tackle this challenge."

Netflix Loses 800K Subscribers in Q3

Netflix ended Q3 with 23.79 million unique U.S. subscribers, down from its peak of 24.59 million at the end of Q2 2011. Profits increased for the quarter, but due its recent price hike and subsequent shift and then reversal of marketing strategy, Netflix expects subscriptions, revenue and profits to be lower in Q4 and that the company may become unprofitable in Q1 2012 as it makes its market debut in the UK and Ireland.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Microsoft Signs Another Android Patent License Agreement

Microsoft announced a patent licensing agreement with Taiwan-based Compal covering the use of Microsoft patents in tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform. Microsoft will earn royalties on each such Compal device shipped.

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry. Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today's agreement with Compal means more than half of the world's ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft's patent portfolio," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

TELUS Chooses Astellia for Service Assurance

TELUS has awarded a multimillion dollar contract to supply its unified service assurance system covering 3G UTRAN and Core data networks. The system incorporates Astellia's latest technology including multidimensional analytics for data.