Thursday, April 5, 2012

eircom Charts Phase II Fibre Rollout

eircom announced the locations for Phase II of its fibre rollout plan, which will largely use fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology, but some direct fibre to the home (FTTH) will be used in certain areas.

Phase II includes thirteen communities in eight counties across the country. Work is expected to commence late this summer and will continue through to the end of 2012.

The announcement follows last year’s commitment by eircom to spend €100 million on Phase 1 of a plan that aims to reach one million premises over the next four years.

Sandvine Lands $7 Million Order from N. American MSO

Sandvine has received over $7 million in Network Policy Control expansion orders from a tier-1 North American cable operator, a customer for over five years. These purchases include the Sandvine Policy Traffic Switch (PTS) and Network Analytics software suite to bring unprecedented insight into network usage and to optimize network management decision-making by making available detailed quality metrics on real-time entertainment. Most of the product revenue associated with these orders was recognized in Sandvine’s first quarter of 2012.

Separately, Sandvine reported $20.1 million in revenue for its first quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $6.5 million, which included a $3.7 million inventory write-down related to one of the company’s older hardware platforms.
Revenue by access technology market: DSL 22%; wireless 26%; cable 48%; other 4%.

Revenue by geography: NA 58%; EMEA 17%; APAC 18%; CALA 7%

Broadcom Completes Broadlight Acquisition

Broadcom completed its previously announced acquisition of Broadlight for $195 million.

"The BroadLight acquisition strengthens our IP and product portfolio with high performance, flexible GPON products, increasing the addressable market of our broadband communications business," said Dan Marotta, Broadcom's Executive Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Communications Group. "BroadLight accelerates our time-to-market in GPON, adds important OLT products and technology and enhances our longer-term fiber roadmap."

The deal was first announced last month.

ZTE Wins China Telecom IMS Network Construction Contract

ZTE has won a contract with China Telecom to build its IMS phase II network. When the project is complete, the IMS network will be the world’s largest. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The ZTE-China Telecom contract includes construction of an IMS phase II network covering 12 Chinese provinces, including: Anhui, Chongqing, Guangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Jilin, Liaoning, and Ningxia, Shanxi, Tianjing and Yunnan. When the project is complete, ZTE will have acquired more than 60 per cent market share of China Telecom’s IMS networks.

Bharti Airtel Appoints ZTE for 4G in Kolkata

ZTE announced a contract to plan, design, supply and deploy a 4G network in Kolkata, India for Bharti Airtel. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mr. Cui Liangjun, Chief Executive Officer, ZTE India said, “We are glad to be a part of Airtel’s foray into LTE services for the first time in India. ZTE is fully determined to build a strong LTE ecosystem that offers a scintillating experience for Internet users.�?

Toshiba Develops SSD-to-IP Streaming Engine

Toshiba introduced its "NPEngine", a hardware engine for streaming servers that directly delivers video content from SSD to IP networks, without accessing the server’s CPU or memory resources.

Toshiba's new NPEngine can simultaneously deliver up to 64,000 high quality video streams at 40 GB per sec. For comparison, the company said that existing streaming servers typically use integrated CPU and SDRAM, which limits the number of video streams that can be delivered simultaneously to approximately 20,000 on a typical 2RU server. Scalability to hundreds of thousands of streams at once requires the operator to increase the number of servers.

Toshiba’s NPEngine provides an alternative that eliminates burdens on server CPU and memory resources by delivering video content stored on SSD directly to IP networks. This direct delivery also boosts the number of high quality video streams that can be delivered at once to 64,000 at 40Gb per sec, while cutting space requirements by 70% and power consumption by 77%, for server arrays supporting simultaneous delivery of 1,000,000 video streams.

Fujitsu Buys Out Toshiba's Stake in Mobile Phone JV

Fujitsu has acquired Toshiba's 19.9% ownership stake in Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications Limited, which develops and sells mobile phones for KDDI and other carriers. As a result, Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications has been converted into a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu.

Fujitsu Optimizes Power Utilization in Container Data Centers

Fujitsu Laboratories introduced a power conservation system control technology for optimizing container data centers by closely coordinating the operation of servers and air-conditioning (A/C) systems. Fujitsu improves the power utilization by cutting the electricity usage of A/C equipment through external ambient air and other measures. The design employs servers that lack internal fans. In the conventional approach to A/C management, A/C systems and servers inside the containers are controlled independently, thereby making it difficult to efficiently cool fan-less servers. Prototype models of container data centers equipped with this new technology were able to achieve a reduction in total energy consumption of up to 40%.

AT&T and Union Continue Negotiations as Contract Expires

The contract covering 40,000 workers represented by the Communications Workers of America at AT&T East, Legacy T, Midwest (Ameritech) and West (Pacbell) expired at midnight PDT on April 8. Negotiations continued on Sunday between the Communications Workers of America and all four AT&T wireline. The union said its key issues are wages, pensions, health care, employment security, and successorship language. Work will continue on Monday while negotiations proceed.

The contracts are East, Legacy T, Midwest and West. The East contract covers more than 3,000 employees in Connecticut. The Legacy T contract covers nearly 6,000 employees spread across the country. The Midwest contract covers nearly 13,000 employees in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The West contract covers more than 17,000 employees in California and Nevada.

Samsung Develops 16 GB microSD for LTE Smartphones / Tablets

Samsung Electronics announced mass production of Ultra High Speed–1 (UHS-1) interface microSD cards that support the highest performance levels required on LTE smartphones and tablets. The new UHS-1 memory card comes in a 16 gigabyte (GB) density. It is comprised of Samsung’s 20 nanometer-class 64 gigabit (Gb) toggle DDR 2.0 devices and an advanced Samsung controller supporting the ultra fast UHS-1 interface.

Samsung reports that the new 16GB UHS-1 microSD card has a maximum sequential read speed of 80 megabytes per second (MB/s). This is more than four times the read speed of today’s advanced microSD cards, which operate at 21MB/s.

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."

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.

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.

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."