Tuesday, April 3, 2012

TE Connectivity Completes Acquisition of Deutsch Group

TE Connectivity completed its previously announced acquisition of Deutsch Group SAS for EUR 1.55 billion (approximately $2.05 billion). Deutsch is a leading provider of high-performance connectivity solutions for harsh environment applications.

"We are excited to bring together TE and Deutsch, two of the most trusted names in our industry. Deutsch has a long history of leadership and innovation and its complementary product line will enable TE to offer the most complete range of connectivity solutions to our customers," said Tom Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of TE Connectivity. "Together, our broad product range, global presence and shared commitment to innovation will create an even greater opportunity to serve the growing market for harsh environment connectivity applications."

For reporting purposes, Deutsch will be included as part of TE's Transportation Solutions segment.

Meru Networks Sees Weaker Q1

Meru Networks issued preliminary unaudited guidance for Q1 2012, saying that it now expects to report first quarter revenue in the range of $19.0 million to $19.5 million. The company expects to report cash, cash equivalents and investments of approximately $36.6 million and outstanding borrowings on its existing credit facility of $6.9 million as of March 31, 2012.

"In fourth quarter 2011 and first quarter 2012 the company has been managing several key transitions," said William Quigley, chairman of the board of directors of Meru Networks. "Among the more notable ones were the search for, appointment and installation of Dr. Bami Bastani as CEO who started full time on April 2nd, the rapid expansion and training of the sales force, and the introduction of major new products. The challenges related to these transitions proved greater than expected, and it became apparent as the quarter came to a close that they contributed to lower than expected performance."http://www.merunetworks.com

nTelos Wireless Gains iPhone 4S

nTelos Wireless will begin offering iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 on April 20. The carrier plans to offer lower pricing than its larger rivals in the U.S. market. The iPhone 4S will be available starting at $149.99 for the 16GB model, $249.99 for the 32GB model and $349.99 for the 64GB model. iPhone 4 will be available for $49.99.

nTelos’s licensed territories have a total population of approximately 8 million residents in Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. http://www.ntelos.com

Kabel Deutschland Selects Cisco CRS-3

Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany's largest cable operator, has selected Cisco CRS-3 Routers for its Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network core to meet the growing demand for video, and broadband services. Kabel Deutschland has approximately 8.7 million customers. The company operates cable networks in 13 German federal states and supplies its TV customers currently with about 100 digital, 32 analogue TV channels as well as 26 high definition (HD) programs.

KD already offers consumer Internet at speeds up to 100 mbps using DOCSIS 3.0.

LTE Ecosystem Builds Momentum

A total 347 LTE-enabled user devices have been announced by 63 manufacturers, according to a new "Status of the LTE Ecosystem" report published this week by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association). Many of these products are carrier or country specific and are not available in all markets.

Research for the report considered user devices for FDD and TDD modes, form factors, operating frequencies, and the fallback technologies which are supported when customers move outside the LTE coverage areas (i.e. ability to access HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+, EV-DO, or TD-SCDMA systems).

Some highlights of the report:

  • A total of 64 LTE Smartphones announced to date.

  • A total of 131 LTE Routers.

  • A total of 64 LTE Dongles.

  • 217 LTE devices also operate on either HSPA, HSPA+ or 42 Mbps DC-HSPA+ networks. Within this figure, 91 LTE devices support 42 Mbps HSPA+ technology.

  • 108 LTE devices support EV-DO networks.

  • 170 devices are for 700 MHz (US Digital Dividend, various bands)

  • 72 devices are for 800 MHz (EU Digital Dividend, Band 20)

  • There are now 75 LTE 1800 user devices, which is 50% higher than GSA reported in January 2012.

SingTel Selects NetCracker for Service Delivery

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) has selected NetCracker’s Telecoms Operations and Management Solution (TOMS) to replace a number of its legacy systems. This standards-based solution covers the design, planning, inventory, provisioning, and activation domains in SingTel’s next-generation infrastructure and reflects SingTel’s ongoing commitment to providing its customers with the most innovative services and the highest level of quality. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SingTel has a customer base of 434 million subscribers from its operations in Singapore and associates located in more than 25 countries.

NetCracker is a subsidiary of NEC.

India's Supreme Court Upholds 2G License Cancellations

India's Supreme Court has upheld its earlier decision forcing cancellation of 122 licenses issued to telecom operators for 2G spectrum after 2008 due to the charges of corruption in the ongoing scandal. Seven telecom companies had petitioned for review of the decision. However, the court will review the government's plan to auction theses licenses.http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/

LSI Launches PCIe Flash Blades --Up to 3.2TB

LSI launches its "Nytro" family of PCIe flash acceleration cards aimed at datacenters and cloud environments, boasting up to 30x faster database transaction performance.

The Nytro product portfolio includes:

LSI Nytro WarpDrive Application Acceleration Cards – second-generation family of PCIe flash adapters for drop-in high performance and low latency to accelerate transactional application performance and response time. Nytro WarpDrive cards range in capacity from 200GB to 3.2TB of MLC or SLC flash memory, and combine LSI SandForce flash storage processors with LSI SAS controller ICs. A single Nytro WarpDrive card delivers the I/O performance of hundreds of hard disk drives while requiring significantly less power, cooling and physical space for a reduced total cost of ownership.

LSI Nytro XD Application Acceleration Storage Solution – combines the LSI Nytro WarpDrive card with Nytro XD intelligent caching software for application acceleration for storage area networks (SAN) and direct-attached storage (DAS) environments. The Nytro XD solution automatically and transparently caches frequently accessed data reads and writes to high-performance PCIe flash storage, reducing latency and delivering up to a 30x performance improvement over HDD-only storage systems. The result is optimized data I/O rates and faster system and application performance while using existing IT infrastructure for investment protection.

LSI Nytro MegaRAID Application Acceleration Cards – provide simple and cost-effective acceleration of SAS-connected DAS storage by combining the proven RAID performance and data protection capabilities of LSI MegaRAID controllers with on-board flash and intelligent caching software. Nytro MegaRAID cards automatically move data between integrated flash storage and hard drives to blend high-performance and high-capacity storage without requiring expensive software tuning or rewrites.

"The integration of flash technology in enterprise system architectures is one of the most significant changes in recent computing history based on its ability to close the gap between compute and storage performance,�? said Gary Smerdon, senior vice president and general manager, Accelerated Solutions Division, LSI. "From cloud providers in mega datacenters to traditional enterprise and small-to-medium businesses, the Nytro portfolio brings the value of flash to the masses by offering customers the flexibility to choose the right solution to meet their specific application and budget requirements."http://www.lsi.com

Netronome Advances its High Performance Flow Processors on Intel 22nm Technology

Netronome’s next-generation flow processors will be manufactured on Intel’s 22nm process, which leverages unique 3-D Tri-Gate transistor technology to achieve unprecedented gains in performance and power efficiency.

Netronome’s current generation of flow processors began with a technology license agreement with Intel in November 2007, reaching volume-shipments in 2011. These devices are targeted at high-performance network, security and content processing applications at speeds up to 100Gbps. NFPs simultaneously deliver packet processing with deep packet inspection, security processing, and I/O virtualization for millions of simultaneous stateful flows. NFPs are the industry’s only processor specifically designed for tight coupling with Intel Architecture (IA) processors, complementing and strengthening the growing success of IA in networking, communications, and security applications.

Netronome’s next-generation of processors based on Intel’s 22nm process and 3D Tri-Gate transistors will sample in 2013. Product specifics have not yet been disclosed.

Under the newly announced joint development and manufacturing engagement model with Intel, Netronome gains access to Intel's advanced fabrication tools, processes, and proprietary modeling capabilities, thereby reducing development costs and time to market, while increasing product functionality. The Intel partnership also brings co-optimized device packaging, assembly and test procedures, as well as access to Intel’s global footprint of foundries that are adopting 22nm.

Netronome said its adoption of Intel's 22nm technology will give it a four year head start over competitors, as other global fabs are not expected to make the leap to 22nm for some time and even then will not have the benefit of Intel's Tri-Gate.

"Intel’s 3D Tri-Gate transistor technology and 22nm manufacturing process provides significant benefits over legacy planar designs,�? said Jim Finnegan, senior vice president of engineering at Netronome. “As a result, our next generation flow processors will be several generations ahead of other communications processors, allowing Netronome to deliver up to 10-times the performance with more than triple the energy efficiency.�?

"Intel is delighted to provide Netronome with access to its leading edge 3-D Tri-Gate 22nm technology and integrated supply chain," said Sunit Rikhi, vice president of the Technology and Manufacturing Group at Intel. “While working with Netronome during the product design cycle to co-optimize its flow processors and our foundry offerings, it was clear that Intel’s 22nm silicon technology and design infrastructure are a significant value-fit with Netronome’s products."http://www.netronome.com

Monday, April 2, 2012

PureWave Secures $5 Million for Small Cell Base Stations

PureWave Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, secured $5 million in Series C funding from existing and new investors for its 4G wireless base stations. The funding will be used to continue the development and commercialization of its new line of small cell LTE base stations, as well as to grow the company’s market presence in key markets.

"Our sales have increased roughly fourfold in 2011 and we expect them to double again this year,�? said Don Meiners, PureWave’s CEO. “With such strong sales growth, we approached this investment round as an opportunity to extend our global reach and to strengthen our presence in key markets. We are excited to announce that one of the investors in this financing round is a strategic partner that will extend PureWave’s reach in Asia, give us on-the-ground presence in future growth markets and allow us to better serve our existing Asia-Pacific customers.�?http://www.pwnets.com/

Verizon's Terremark Launches Single-Tenant Private Cloud

Verizon's Terremark division introduced the latest addition to its secure cloud offerings – Enterprise Cloud Private Edition. The service is designed as a single-tenant environment to meet the security compliance requirements of many large enterprises and government agencies.

Enterprise Cloud Private Edition is an extension of the company’s hybrid cloud strategy, offering customers the capability of migrating application workloads between traditional and cloud environments – including their own dedicated infrastructure, Terremark’s cloud platforms, and cloud resources offered by other providers – in a seamless and secure way.

Application workloads in this private cloud are able to connect into Terremark's public cloud platform for bursting during peak usage periods and as part of a cloud migration strategy.

The Enterprise Cloud Private Edition solution is delivered from Terremark cloud-enabled data centers across its global footprint of strategically located facilities.

Pertino Raises $8.85 million for SDN

Pertino, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, announced $8.85 million in Series A funding to back its cloud networking innovations. The company is working on software-defined networking for enterprises. Product plans have not yet been made public.

Pertino is led by Craig Elliott, formerly CEO of Packeteer and International General Manager of Apple’s internet and online services.

The funding came from Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Craig Elliott and other noted networking and tech luminaries and private investors participated in the round, including: Steve Campbell, Co-founder and former CEO of Stratacom; Joe Graziano, former CFO of Apple and Sun Microsystems; Rob Ryan, Co-founder and former CEO of Ascend Communications; Peter Wagner, former General Partner at Accel Partners; Gaurav Garg, Special Limited Partner at Sequoia Ventures; and Jeffrey Drazan, Managing Partner at Bertram Capital.

Union Members Call for Strike at AT&T Midwest

With their current contract set to expire on April 7th and negotiations at an impasse, unionized members of the Communications Workers of America at AT&T Midwest have voted to authorize CWA leaders to call a strike if a fair contract cannot be reached. Ninety-two (92) percent of voting AT&T Midwest members approved the strike authorization.

About 15,000 CWA-represented workers are at AT&T Midwest in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

"These negotiations are all about good jobs. A successful company like AT&T Midwest should invest in rebuilding the American economy and not follow the low road of outsourcing and layoffs,�? said CWA District 4 Vice President Seth Rosen.

Saudi Telecom CEO to Step Down

Saudi Telecom CEO Saud AL Daweesh announced his intention to retire. Over the past six years as CEO, AL Daweesh has helped transform STC into an international powerhouse with over 160 million subscribers and 19 operations in south East Asia, The Middle East, Turkey and Africa. http://www.stc.com.sa

GSMA Predicts Rapid Mobile BB Growth in India

The number of 3G HSPA subscribers in India has passed the 10 million mark and this number will grow to 100 million by 2014, predicts the GSMA. This will make India the largest HSPA market worldwide within the next two years, surpassing China, Japan and the US in the process.

"The mobile industry in India is set for immense growth as Mobile Broadband technologies such as HSPA and LTE start to proliferate, but there is scope for far greater development," said Anne Bouverot, director general of the GSMA. "To take full advantage of this, the Indian government should facilitate the timely release of additional spectrum in a fair and transparent way for all stakeholders. The benefits are clear to see – a 10 per cent increase in Mobile Broadband penetration could contribute as much as US$80 billion (INR 3,506 billion) of revenue across the country's transport, healthcare and education sectors by 2015."http://www.gsma.com

Equinix Builds Out Data Center in Sydney

Equinix has accelerated construction of phase two of its third Sydney International Business Exchange (IBX®) data centre. Equinix cited high demand for premium colocation and interconnection services from cloud and financial service providers. The company is investing an additional US$50 million into the expansion of SY3, doubling the number of cabinets to 2,000. The expansion capital required is already reflected in the company’s 2012 guidance.

GENBAND Acquires Aztek Networks

GENBAND has acquired Aztek Networks, a supplier of switch consolidation and network migration solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

Aztek Networks supplies Emergency Stand Alone (ESA) switches that are environmentally hardened, fully redundant and designed to ensure public safety by constantly maintaining local calling capabilities and subscriber access to emergency 911 services in the event the link to the primary host switch is severed due to an accident or natural disaster. The company is privately held and backed by a number of notable VC investors, including Verizon Investments LLC as arranged by Verizon Ventures. The company was founded in 1982 as Aztek Engineering and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

GENBAND said Aztek's line access technology enhances its Network Transformation offering by enabling operators to eliminate legacy TDM sites, consolidate and modernize their core network and realize significant savings in capital and operating expenses. The Aztek 5000-series will be supported and marketed under the GENBAND G5 platform brand. The G5 Line Access Gateway is distinguished in its ability to drive long copper loops. As part of the GENBAND Network Transformation solution, the G5 interworks with the transformed IP core to support advanced IP services (including Multimedia, Unified Communications, Dynamic Routing and Mobility) and critical functionalities including Emergency Stand Alone (ESA) services, 911, fault reporting and alarms, as well as Trunking and DLC aggregation capabilities.

"The Aztek acquisition strategically enhances our network transformation capabilities with both innovative technology and talent," said Charlie Vogt, President and Chief Executive Officer of GENBAND. "We welcome Aztek customers, employees and solutions to the GENBAND family and look forward to offering the G5 platform, which is fully integrated into our network transformation portfolio. With this acquisition, GENBAND is uniquely positioned to offer our customers a true end-to-end network transformation solution - from the edge all the way to the core."http://www.genband.com

Sigma Designs to Acquire Trident's Digital TV

In a bankruptcy proceeding, Sigma Designs was the successful bidder to acquire certain assets of Trident Microsystems' Digital Television (DTV) Business, which includes certain products, licensed intellectual property, software, working capital assets and leased facilities. The deal was for $21 million in cash plus assumption of specified liabilities upon the closing of the transaction.

Trident’s DTV Business supplies global System-on-a-Chip (SoC) products for set top boxes. Sigma expects to make employment offers to approximately 300 employees of the Trident DTV Business, most of whom are engineers located in China.

"Sigma Designs’ acquisition of the DTV business assets of Trident Microsystems represents a significant step forward in our company’s long term strategy of being the industry’s leading provider of advanced SoC solutions for converged media platforms,�? said Thinh Tran, Sigma Designs’ Chairman and CEO.

EB Updates its Military Tough VoIP Desktop and Field Phone

EB, Elektrobit Corporation, introduced its next generation of EB Tough VoIP Field Phone and EB Tough VoIP Desktop Phone for military deployment. EB Tough VoIP Field Phone and EB Tough VoIP Desktop Phone are both equipped with an integrated speaker and Ethernet connectivity. EB Tough VoIP Field Phone is also equipped with SHDSL connectivity. The units can be configured to have e.g. optical Ethernet connectivity.

The enhanced features of the next generation of EB Tough VoIP Field Phone and EB Tough VoIP Desktop Phone are:

  • Support for GPS positioning

  • Support for new audio codecs further improving the products versatility

  • Improved usability with new keypad, UI and wall mounting capability.

  • Completely new mechanical construction for reduced weight and improved durability

  • New connector options to allow better configuration for all users and applications

Sunday, April 1, 2012

NSN Completes Transfer of Network Mgt R&D to Tieto

Nokia Siemens Networks and Tieto Corporation have completed the transaction to outsource part of the maintenance, technical support and R&D for Nokia Siemens Networks’ mobile network Operations Support System (OSS) and Subscriber Data Management (SDM) activities in Finland, including the transfer of 238 Nokia Siemens Networks employees, to Tieto. The deal was originally announced in March.