Monday, April 9, 2012

Nokia Siemens Networks Announces Accord to Stay in Munich

Nokia Siemens Networks announced that a significant majority of employees affected by the company’s restructuring plan agreed to join an interim employment company. The acceptance of this offer by a major proportion of affected employees was a pre-requisite for the company to stay in Munich, as outlined in an agreement struck with IG Metall last month. As a result, Nokia Siemens Networks will continue to employ about 2,000 people in Munich.

Crown Castle Completes Acquisition of NextG Networks

Crown Castle International completed its previously announced acquisition of NextG Networks, Inc., the largest provider of outdoor distributed antenna systems.
http://crowncastle.comIn December, Crown Castle International first announced its plans to acquire NextG Networks for approximately $1.0 billion in cash.

NextG, which specializes in outdoor distributed antenna systems ("DAS"), currently has over 7,000 nodes-on-air and a further 1,500 nodes under construction. In addition, NextG has rights to over 4,600 miles of fiber. Over 90% of NextG nodes are in urban and suburban locations, with 80% in the top ten US metropolitan areas, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas Fort Worth. The NextG assets are expected to provide significant growth, as they currently average only 1.25 tenants per network.

Following the contemplated acquisition, Crown Castle expects to be the largest independent DAS operator in the US, with approximately 10,000 nodes and 26 venues in operation or under construction. Previously, Crown Castle owned, operated and managed over 22,000 and approximately 1,600 wireless communication sites in the US and Australia,

Procera Increases Outlook, Confirms Tier 1 Order

Procera Networks increased its financial guidance, disclosed a multimillion dollar follow-on order from a Tier-1 European operator and announced a new offering of stock.

Based on preliminary financial data, Procera expects that first quarter 2012 financial results will reflect revenue in the range of $11.8 million to $12.2 million for the quarter, representing a year-over-year increase in the range of 71% to 77%. Bookings are expected to be approximately $14.6 million for the quarter, while gross margin is expected to be greater than 65% for the quarter, as compared with 61% in the first quarter last year.

"We are pleased with the outcome for our first quarter of 2012 and the strength of our business model. We continue to gain traction in the fast growing IPE market as evidenced by our strong first quarter results,�? said James Brear, president and CEO of Procera Networks. “With our industry leading solutions and customized analytics that enable broadband service providers to effectively operate and monetize their networks, we believe 2012 will be the year that Procera establishes itself as the leader in Intelligent Policy Enforcement.�?

Procera Networks also announced a $2 million follow-on order from a Tier-1 European Mobile Operator. This order is the third from this operator, and supports an increase in the number of subscribers handled by the PacketLogic solutions and the deployment of video optimization to better manage OTT video streaming. The majority of this revenue is expected to be recognized in the first quarter of 2012.

In addition, Procera Networks announced plans to offer to sell 3,500,000 shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. Procera expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the shares of common stock offered in the public offering to cover over-allotments, if any. All of the shares in the offering will be sold by Procera. The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for working capital and general corporate purposes including potential acquisitions.

E-Band Secures Funding for Small Cell Wireless Backhaul System

E-Band Communications, which supplies 80 GHz wireless backhaul solutions, announced that it has secured funding to complete development of its next-generation "small cell" wireless backhaul system. Financial terms were not announced.

"Compact size, affordability and bandwidth delivery are the ingredients that network service providers and mobile carriers are looking for," said E-Band CEO Sam Smookler. "E-Band's track record of delivering over 5,000 millimeter-wave 80 GHz wireless terminals with outstanding proven network reliability positions us well for addressing the burgeoning 4G/LTE market along with its small cells."

Ciena's 100G and Carrier Ethernet Connects Cape Cod

CapeNet, which serves southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, has chosen Ciena and Integration Partners to provide coherent optical transport and Carrier Ethernet solutions for the 350-mile fiber optic OpenCape Network. The network is currently being constructed in southeastern Massachusetts and on Cape Cod using Ciena’s coherent optical processing technology.

The project is funded through a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) infrastructure grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act . On Cape Cod, the network will provide high-speed broadband connectivity to approximately 70 community anchor institutions, to include 30 libraries, five colleges, 15 town network hubs, and six research institutions.

CapeNet is using Ciena’s 100G coherent optical transport solution on Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform as the backbone of the network providing the ultra-high bandwidth service. In addition, Ciena’s 5150 and 3916 Carrier Ethernet Solutions (CES) will provide aggregation and delivery of highly reliable broadband services to CapeNet customers.

Cisco and NetApp Extend Their FlexPod Collaboration

Cisco and NetApp are collaborating on a series of new pre-validated design architectures that combines their computing, networking and storage solutions to help companies implement cloud automation capabilities.
The entry-level FlexPod solution are aimed at business application workloads with 500 to 1000 users. This combines the NetApp entry level FAS 2240 and the Cisco UCS C-Series Cisco Nexus 5000 Switches, Cisco Nexus 2232 Fabric Extender, and Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects.

Cisco and NetApp first announced their FlexPod collaboration in November 2010. The companies now have more than 500 FlexPod partners and more than 850 customers are using FlexPod for their data center infrastructure – representing more than 400% growth in customer adoption in less than a year.

FTTH Connections in North America Surpass 8 Million, up 13% YoY

The number of North American households served directly by fiber grew by 13 percent over the past year, according to the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas and figures prepared by the market analyst firm RVA LLC.

The newly released figures show that 900,000 households across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean were upgraded to FTTH service since April 2011, as the total number of North American homes with all-fiber connections surged past eight million. The figures showed that FTTH is now being offered to 19.3 million homes on the continent.

Some highlights of the report:

  • The U.S. accounts for about 95 percent of FTTH households in North America, while Canada is 3% and Mexico is 2%.

  • Verizon continues to be by far the largest FTTH provider on the continent by far.

  • The number of FTTH network operators in North America is nearing 1,000, thanks to the increasing number of small and medium-sized incumbent telephone companies, most located in rural and small town areas. The vast majority of these FTTH network operators serve fewer than 10,000 subscribers.

  • On average, government supported FTTH stimulus projects are now 38 percent complete, with indications that many will start connecting subscribers this year.

  • There is growing activity among FTTH providers in fiber to the cell tower construction, with more than 1500 towers connected by small, single state providers in 2011.

"The notion that the upgrade to FTTH can be a catalyst for economic development is precisely what is driving this enormous interest in high-speed fiber we are seeing at the community level across North America," said Heather Burnett Gold, President of the FTTH Council Americas. "Civic leaders in communities of all sizes have a sense that more bandwidth means more opportunities for economic progress."

Thailand's TOT Upgrades to HSPA+ with Nokia Siemens Networks

TOT, Thailand’s state-owned telecom operator, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade its 3G network to HSPA+. The upgrade, which will be completed this month, will increase the down speed rate to a maximum of 42 Mbps.
TOT currently serves 7.2 million customers.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ all-IP ready HSPA+ solution is based on the Dual Carrier HSDPA technology, Flexi Multiradio Base Station and the 3G Radio Network Multicontroller (RNC). The company will also deploy its Liquid Core’s COTS ATCA-based Open Mobile Switching Server (MSS), which together with the Flexi Multiradio Base Station enables a smooth transition to LTE. NSN will also supply its NetAct network management system and its Location Based Services solution, enabling TOT to offer Value Added Services (VAS), such as localized advertising.

Bharti Airtel Launches TD-LTE in Kolkata

Bharti Airtel launched India's first commercial LTE service in the city of Kolkata.

Airtel is initially offering LTE USB Dongles as well as indoor LTE CPE, while supporting top theoretical download speeds of 100 Mbps although actual speeds will be much lower. Currently voice and SMS are not supported on the LTE network, but the company plans to add these soon.

Airtel is offering a movie service ( featuring Bollywood hits.

Airtel has secured LTE licences in four of India's telecom circles, including Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka.
  • ZTE served as infrastructure provider for airtel's LTE network in Kolkatta.

  • In February, Nokia Siemens Networks announced a contract to supply TD-LTE network equipment in the 2.3 GHz frequency band for Bharti Airtel. The carrier also selected Nokia Siemens Networks as its managed services partner in eight circles across India - Bihar and Jharkhand; Kolkata; Gujarat; Maharashtra and Goa; Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh; Mumbai; Orissa and West Bengal.

MediaTek to Acquire Coresonic for DSPs

Taiwan-based MediaTek agreed to acquire Coresonic AB, a global leader of Digital Signal Processor (DSP) technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Coresonic AB, founded in Sweden, has rapidly established itself as a market leader with its breakthrough DSP architecture for wireless baseband. MediaTek will use Coresonic's DSP technology to further improve the efficiency and flexibility of its expanding product lines, strengthening MediaTek's position as a leading provider of wireless communication and digital multimedia IC solutions. Prior to the acquisition, MediaTek has been working closely with Coresonic AB.

TE Connectivity Sells Professional Services Group

TE Connectivity agreed to sell its TE Professional Services (TPS) business to BlueStream Professional Services, LLC, an affiliate of KGP Logistics, for $23.5 million. TPS, acquired as part of TE's acquisition of ADC in December 2010, has been reported in the Telecom Networks business of TE's Network Solutions segment. TPS is a provider of engineering, furnishing and installation services to communication service providers. TE reported sales of $121 million in fiscal 2011 for the TPS business.

TE Connectivity Sells Touchscreen Business to Gores for $380 Million

The Gores Group, a leading Los Angeles-based private equity firm, agreed to acquire TE Connectivity's Touch Solutions business for $380 million in cash. The Touch Solutions business is a global supplier of touch screens, touch monitors and all-in-one touch computers that are marketed under the Elo TouchSystems brand.

Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, the business generated sales of $413 million in fiscal 2011.

Ekinops Appoints VP Sales for Americas

Ekinops announced the appointment of Patrick Gault the position of vice president of sales for the Americas. Gault was most recently regional vice president of sales for Tellabs. Previously, he was a sales executive for White Rock Networks, after having worked in sales management for Cisco Systems.

The Ekinops 360 Dynamic, Multi-Reach Transport System provides DWDM and CWDM on a single platform that addresses Metro, Regional, and Long Haul applications.

Polaris Wireless Adds VP Sales and Business Development Asia

Polaris Wireless has appointed Srinivas Varadarajan as vice president of sales and business development for Asia. Prior to joining Polaris Wireless, Varadarajan was the global head of the LBS business unit at Nokia Siemens Networks, where he was responsible for establishing and growing relationships with major telecom operators throughout Asia. He previously was director of business development for the applications practice in the global services business unit at Motorola.

Polaris Wireless' Location Signatures (WLS) solution identifies the location of a wireless device to within 50 meters or less, at low cost, even in tough urban and indoor environments. Polaris WLS is designed to scale as an operator's network grows, providing location capabilities in 2G (GSM/CDMA), 3G (UMTS/CDMA 2000), and emerging 4G (LTE) air interfaces, as well as indoor technologies such as WiFi, DAS, and Femtocells. Polaris

Sunday, April 8, 2012

StarHub selects Nokia Siemens Networks for LTE

StarHub, the second largest mobile operator in Singapore, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as its LTE mobile broadband infrastructure and services vendor.

StarHub plans to refarm its 1800MHz GSM band to carry LTE services. The first phase of StarHub’s LTE network is expected to go live by the end of 2012, covering key business areas such as the Singapore Changi Airport, Marina Bay, Suntec, and Shenton Way.

As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will also modernize StarHub’s GSM network, helping the operator reduce power consumption generated by network equipment by up to 50%. The efficient use of resources is in line with StarHub’s commitment to act in an environmentally responsible manner throughout its operations.

U.S. Carriers to Disable Stolen Phones by IMEI

Major U.S. mobile operators and the FCC have agreed to set-up a database of stolen phones. This will enable permanent bans of these devices on U.S. networks based on their International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers rather than the SIM cards. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to alter a device's International Mobile Equipment Identity number.

Internationally, the GSMA's Central Equipment Identity Register maintains a database of the IMEI numbers of blacklisted handsets.http://schumer.senate.gov

Fujikura to Acquire Nistica for Wavelength Switches

Fujikura, a global supplier of optical fibers and fiber-optic components, agreed to acquire privately-held Nistica for an undisclosed sum.

Nistica, which is based in Bridgewater, New Jersey, supplies wavelength selective switches to Network Equipment Manufacturers. Nistica’s FULL FLEDGE series of wavelength selective switches have been deployed in low port-count 1x2 and 1x4 applications, and the newly launched high port-count FOURIER modules are being designed into systems geared toward colorless, directionless, contentionless and gridless networks.

“Fujikura has been a strategic partner of Nistica and an investor in Nistica since 2007," said Noboru Sugiyama, Senior Vice President and Member of the Board. “The steady growth in high-volume delivery of wavelength selective switches and the transparent working relationship between our teams convinced us that acquiring Nistica’s talent was the logical next step in our partnership. We are delighted to support this team in its tradition of launching innovative products into the marketplace."

NTT Electronics Ltd. (NEL) will continue to hold its shares in the company going forward.
  • Nistica was founded in 2005 by Jefferson Wagener and Thomas Strasser, and has raised $31M in equity investment from Battelle Ventures, Novitas Capital, Technology Venture Partners, MMV Financial, Mizuho Capital, Fujikura Ltd., NTT Electronics and notable industry individuals Bill Cadogan and Kal Shastri.

Leap Wireless and T-Mobile Agree to Exchange Spectrum

Leap Wireless announced license exchange agreements with T-Mobile USA, Cook Inlet/VS GSM VII PCS LLC, a joint venture between T-Mobile and Cook Inlet in which T-Mobile has a non-controlling majority interest (Cook Inlet), and Leap's non-controlled, majority-owned venture Savary Island Wireless, LLC (Savary Island).

Under the swap, Leap will acquire 10 MHz of additional AWS spectrum in Phoenix, AZ and Houston, Galveston and Bryan-College Station, TX to supplement the spectrum Leap currently operates in those markets, among others. Leap and Savary Island have agreed to assign T-Mobile and Cook Inlet spectrum in various markets in Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The transactions also include intra-market exchanges between Leap, T-Mobile and Cook Inlet, in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Atlantic City and various markets in Texas and New Mexico, and between Leap and Cook Inlet in certain markets in Texas. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"These transactions will enhance our spectrum depth in these markets and provide us longer term flexibility to offer a larger LTE channel. As we have previously announced, we plan to cover approximately two-thirds of our current network footprint with LTE technology over the next two to three years," said Doug Hutcheson, Leap's president and chief executive officer. "In addition the transactions will allow us to re-align spectrum in key markets into contiguous channels thereby optimizing our delivery of wireless services."

Financial details were not disclosed.

Nicira Signs DreamHost as Latest OpenStack Customer

DreamHost, a web hosting and cloud services provider with over 300,000 customers and 1.2 million domain names, will deploy Nicira's Network Virtualization Platform (NVP). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nicira's Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) is a scalable software system implemented at the network edge and managed by distributed clustered controller architecture. The system forms a thin software layer that treats the physical network as an IP backplane. This approach allows the creation of virtual networks that have the same properties and services as physical networks, such as security and QoS policies, L2 reachability, and higher-level service capabilities such as stateful firewalling. These virtual networks can be created dynamically to support VM mobility anywhere within or between data centers without service disruption or address changes.

Nicira's announced data center customers include NTT, Rackspace and others.
  • Nicira was founded by networking research leaders Martin Casado and Nick McKeown from Stanford University and Scott Shenker from University of California at Berkeley. Casado’s work at Stanford led to the creation of OpenFlow and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), an architectural approach in which the intelligence of networking shifts from hardware to software.

  • Nicira has raised $50 million in funding to date from Andreessen Horowitz, Lightspeed Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates, as well as individual investors including VMware co-founder Diane Greene and Benchmark Capital co-founder Andy Rachleff.

NTT DATA Forms New Global Cloud Services Business Unit

NTT DATA has created a new Global Cloud Services business unit consisting of over 1,000 NTT Data professionals already delivering related services to existing clients. Services include Cloud Advisory Services providing strategy and design for cloud transformation, Cloud Migration Services for both applications and infrastructure, and Cloud Management Services providing seamless monitoring and management of legacy and cloud environments.

NTT DATA will offer the full continuum of secure public, private and hybrid cloud solutions.

The new Cloud Services business unit will be led by Marv Mouchawar as president, reporting directly to John McCain, CEO. Mr. Mouchawar and his team will be responsible for the overall strategy, portfolio, sales and delivery of services. NTT DATA Cloud Services will draw on many of the strengths and resources offered by NTT DATA globally and in collaboration with NTT Group companies including NTT Communications, NTT DOCOMO, and Dimension Data. Operations will be based in Silicon Valley.