Thursday, April 19, 2012

NEC Research Demonstrates Coherent Quantum Phase Slip

Researchers at the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute (ASI) and NEC Smart Energy Research Laboratories have demonstrated coherent quantum phase slip (CQPS) in a narrow superconducting wire of indium-oxide (InOx). The wire is inserted into a larger superconducting loop to form a new device called a phase-slip qubit, with the superconducting layer (the thin wire) sandwiched between insulating layers of empty space.

Specifically, the researchers detected a band gap in the energy curves for the two flux states of the system. NEC said this gap is a result of quantum mechanics, which prevents the two states from occupying the same energy level, forcing them to tunnel across the superconducting layer-and through a quantum phase-slip in the narrow wire-to avoid it.

The breakthrough could lead to a new class of devices that exploit the unique functionality of quantum phase-slip to forge a new path in superconducting electronics.

ZTE Notes 1.8 Million PON OLT Shipments in 2011

ZTE shipped 1.8 million passive optical network optical line terminals ( PON OLTs) globally in 2011. This gives ZTE the No. 1 ranking worldwide, according to figures from Ovum.

ZTE also ranked in No. 2 globally for market share of PON ONT/ONU shipments in 2011, at 28 per cent, a nearly 10 per cent increase from the previous year.

Intel Ships first XOLO Smartphone with India's Lava

Lava International, one of India’s fastest-growing mobile handset companies, announced the general availability of the XOLO X900, the first smartphone with Intel inside. The device goes on sale for approximately INR 22000.

The XOLO X900 is based on Intel’s smartphone reference design featuring the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor Z2460 with Intel Hyper Threading Technology and supporting HSPA+ 3G connectivity. Capabilities include a 400 MHz graphics clock and full 1080p HD video encoding. It also features an 8-megapixel camera delivering advanced imaging capabilities including burst mode that allows 10 pictures to be captured in under a second.

"The first smartphone with Intel inside is now available to Indian consumers," said Mike Bell, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group. “The boundaries of personal computing are expanding. As we enter the India market with our first smartphone from Lava, the device not only showcases the rich capabilities and user benefits of Intel computing, but also highlights the exciting possibilities of what’s still to come."

Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon CloudSearch

Last week, Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS) introduced Amazon CloudSearch, a new service that allows customers to integrate a fully managed and highly scalable search functionality into their applications. Developers simply create a search domain, upload the data they want searchable, and Amazon CloudSearch automatically provisions the technology resources required and deploys the highly tuned search indexes needed.

Amazon CloudSearch leverages the same A9 technology that powers search for

Amazon Web Services Offers Cloud App Marketplace

Amazon Web Services has opened an online store offering software for cloud-based deployments. Customers may purchase the pre-configured software based on usage by the hour or month, while benefiting from the scalable, flexible and on-demand features of AWS.

AWS Marketplace features a selection of commercial and free IT and business software, including software infrastructure such as databases and application servers, developer tools, and business applications - available from popular vendors such as 10gen, CA, Canonical, Couchbase, Check Point Software, IBM, Microsoft, SAP AG, and Zend, as well as many widely used open source offerings including Drupal, MediaWiki, and Wordpress. To get started with AWS Marketplace.

For software developers and Software as a Service (SaaS) providers, Amazon said its storefront will provide visibility to companies running or planning to run on the AWS Cloud. AWS Marketplace simplifies acquiring customers, developing distribution channels, and billing for their software.
  • AWS currently offers over 28 different services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). AWS services are available to customers from data center locations in the U.S., Brazil, Europe, Japan and Singapore.

Amazon Ships Kindle Touch 3G Worldwide

Amazon has begun shipping its Kindle Touch 3G e-reader to 175 countries. The device features no monthly fees or annual contracts. Amazon pays for the 3G connection.

"Orders from customers worldwide for our new line of electronic ink Kindles have exceeded our expectations," said Dave Limp, vice president, Amazon Kindle. "Kindle Touch 3G is the most full-featured e-reader available with a beautiful, latest-generation electronic ink display, fast page turns and long, two month battery life. We know that customers are eager to get their hands on our newest Kindle which is why we're delighted to be able to ship several days earlier than we planned."

Russia's MegaFon Appoints New CEO, Arranges Loan

MegaFon, which is Russia's second largest mobile operator, announced the appointment of Ivan Tavrin as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Sergey Soldatenkov.

Ivan Tavrin was born on November 1, 1976 in Moscow and he is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Tavrin currently serves as Chairman of the Board and a shareholder in UTH, the largest media holding company in Russia (MUZ-TV and Disney Channel).

According to news reports, MegaFon is also finalizing US$4.5 billion in new loans to buyout shares in the company that are currently held by Mikhail Fridman. The company is contemplating an IPO later this year.

NTT DATA to Open in Myanmar

NTT DATA Corporation announced plans to open a subsidiary in Myanmar, as part of its larger strategy to expand offshore development.

NTT DATA said it sees the large IT-related potential of Myanmar, which has made significant progress in democratization recently, and which is more cost competitive than China and India.

The new subsidiary will be an offshore development center that mainly carries out software development projects outsourced from Japan. The company initially plans to hire 50 employees.

China Mobile Nears 60M 3G Connections, Revenue up 7.8%

China Mobile reported Q1 2012 revenue of RMB127.4 billion, representing an increase of 7.8% compared to the same period of last year. EBITDA reached RMB60.7 billion, representing an increase of 4.5% compared to the same period of last year. Profit attributable to equity shareholders reached RMB27.8 billion, representing an increase of 3.5% compared to the same period of last year. Margin of profit attributable to equity shareholders was maintained at a relatively high level of 21.8%.

As with previous reports, China Mobile cautioned that is sees challenges ahead arising from the continued increase in mobile penetration rate, increasingly intensified competition in the telecommunications market and the structural change of the industry value chain.

Some highlights:
  • The average monthly net additional customers were nearly 5.9 million and the Group continued to maintain the leading position in the industry.

  • The number of 3G customers reached nearly 60 million.

  • As the number of low usage customers increased, the scenario of “one customer with multiple SIM cards�? became more and more popular.

  • ARPU and average revenue per minute continued to decline.

  • Total voice usage for the first quarter of 2012 increased by 10.1% compared to the same period of last year.

  • Wireless data traffic in the first quarter of 2012 increased by 181.3% compared to the same period of last year.

  • The data businesses of Mobile Mailbox, Mobile Reading and Mobile Video have shown promising trends of growth.

GSMA to Host mHealth Alliance Mobile Health Summit 2012 Next Month

The GSMA-mHA Mobile Health Summit will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa on 29th May – 1st June 2012. The event will focus on the commercial scale and sustainability of mobile health initiatives.

TeliaSonera Posts Stable Q1 but Income Declines

TeliaSonera's Q1 net sales increased 3.5 percent to SEK 25,693 million (24,835). EBITDA, excluding non-recurring items, decreased 1.4 percent in local currencies and excluding acquisitions. In reported currency, EBITDA decreased 0.7 percent to SEK 8,824 million (8,890) and the margin decreased to 34.3 percent (35.8). Operating income, excluding non-recurring items, decreased 8.5 percent to SEK 6,641 million (7,258). Income from associated companies decreased 36.2 percent to SEK 1,033 million (1,619).

During the quarter the number of subscriptions increased by 1.2 million in the consolidated companies and by 1.1 million in the associated companies. The total number of subscriptions was 172.4 million.

Lars Nyberg, President and CEO of TeliaSonera, stated: “The organic growth rate improved in the first quarter compared with previous quarters. Eurasia continued to deliver double-digit growth, while revenues in Broadband Services were almost at the same level as last year. In Mobility Services, the growth was mainly driven by equipment sales."

"Despite price competition in many of our markets, we successfully defended our core business within Mobility Services as growth in data revenues compensated for the decline in voice and messaging. Changed customer behavior which leads to a mix shift in our business highlights the need to develop our business models and how we charge for our services going forward. We have been in the forefront stating that while prices for voice will continue to come down there must be a stronger correlation between usage and pricing of data. TeliaSonera is leading this change towards a new sustainable business model. We have been early in introducing tiered pricing of data, lower costs for data roaming and recently openly communicated that we will start to charge for mobile VoIP. This will be launched in Spain within a month and in Sweden for new subscriptions during the summer."

GigOptix Samples High Performance Power Amplifier

GigOptix announced sampling of a new Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) wideband power amplifier in a surface mountable QFN package, for use in military Electronic Warfare (EW), radar, test & measurement equipment and broadband telecom equipment applications. The device offers Wideband performance from DC to 26.5 GHz, with typical drain voltages of +8 VDC with supply current of 600 mA.

LightSquared and Inmarsat Amend Agreement

LightSquared and Inmarsat announced an amended cooperation agreement providing LightSquared additional time and flexibility to use its spectrum to deploy a terrestrial 4G wireless network once all regulatory authorizations have been secured.

“This new agreement allows LightSquared an opportunity to focus its efforts on obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to begin building the nation’s first, coast-to-coast wireless broadband system," said Doug Smith, LightSquared’s interim chief operating officer and chief network officer. “We remain committed to fulfilling our business vision to bring world-class wireless broadband connectivity to millions of Americans.

SanDisk Revenues Decline on Flash Prices

SanDisk posted Q1 quarter revenue of $1.21 billion, down 7% on a year-over-year basis and declined 24% on a sequential basis. On a GAAP basis, first quarter net income was $114 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, compared to net income of $224 million, or $0.92, per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 and $281 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.

“Our first quarter results were adversely impacted by lower-than-expected pricing and demand weakness in certain segments and we expect similar trends in the second quarter as well," said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer. “We believe a seasonally stronger demand environment in the second half of the year, combined with our diversifying portfolio of mobile and SSD solutions, will allow us to deliver strong sequential revenue growth in the third and fourth quarters."

Tellabs CEO Fights Cancer

Rob Pullen, CEO & President of Tellabs, has been diagnosed with colon cancer. In a statement, Mr. Pullen said he would continue his corporate responsibilities throughout the course of his treatment.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spirent to Acquire Mu Dynamics for $40 Million

Spirent Communications agreed to acquire Mu Dynamics, which offers a network security and application performance testing tools, for $40.0 million in cash.

Mu Studio, the company's flag ship product line, enables performance and security testing of cloud infrastructure, including network security systems, deep packet inspection (DPI) solutions, and LTE networks. Its Blitz is a self-service load and performance testing solution for cloud applications. Mu TestCloud compiles thousands of ready-to-runs tests, covering hundreds of applications.

Spirent said it plans to continue selling, supporting and enhancing the existing Mu solutions and integrating them with Spirent's test platforms. With the newly acquired property, Spirent's testing suite includes:

Spirent TestCenter, Avalanche and Landslide - Networks and applications testing with market-leading performance, user emulation and encryption with mobility

Studio Security - Cyber security and resiliency assessment with millions of prebuilt protocol fuzz tests

Studio Performance - Rapid development of realistic application traffic with thousands of ready-to-run business and consumer applications as test content

Blitz - Unique Cloud-based application performance management platform.

Spirent expects to consolidate $9.0 to $10.0 million in revenue post-acquisition in 2012, with a positive return on sales. For the first full year post-acquisition in 2013, revenues are expected to be in the range of $17.0 to $19.0 million operating at Spirent’s average return on sales, resulting in a positive enhancement to earnings and achieving an attractive return on investment, in line with Spirent’s objectives.

Windstream Announces New Carrier Switched Ethernet Solution

Windstream introduced a wholesale Carrier Switched Ethernet service that provides other carriers with access to Windstream’s ILEC footprint.

Carrier Switched Ethernet provides wholesale carriers access to 980 exchanges within the Windstream network. With the solution, interconnect ports of 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, and 10 Gbps are available, and end user loops from 3 Mbps to 1 Gbps are supported.

"To have a competitive advantage in today’s market, carriers must have the ability to provide end-user-to-WAN connectivity to their customers," said Don Perkins, Windstream Vice President of Business Marketing. “Carrier Switched Ethernet will extend the ability for our carriers to reach 90 percent or more of the businesses in Windstream’s ILEC footprint with Ethernet access. This increased reach—coupled with the scalability of Ethernet—will provide our carrier customers with the ability to efficiently and effectively deploy robust WAN solutions to their end-users that would otherwise be difficult to reach."
  • In December 2011, Windstream completed its previously announced acquisition of PAETEC Holding Corp. for approximately $2.3 billion.

    In December 2010, PAETEC acquired privately-owned Cavalier Telephone for $460 million, making it one of the largest competitive local communication service providers in the United States. The acquisition includes Cavalier's wholly owned subsidiary, Intellifiber Networks, which operates a high capacity fiber network spanning approximately 16,600 route miles and representing over $2 billion of investment by companies Cavalier acquired over the last decade.

    In June 2010, Windstream acquired Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $1.2 billion. As of March 31, 2010, Iowa Telecom provided service to approximately 249,000 access lines, 96,000 high-speed Internet customers and 27,500 digital TV customers in Iowa and Minnesota.
    In July 2006, Alltel completed the spin off its wireline business, which was merged with VALOR Communications Group to create Windstream, a major wireline operator focused on the rural U.S. market.

Ixia Hits Q1 Revenue of $85.6 Million

Ixia reported Q1 2012 revenue of $85.6 million, compared with $78.5 million reported for the 2011 first quarter and $83.7 million reported for the 2011 fourth quarter. On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income for the 2012 first quarter of $4.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with net income of $7.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the 2011 first quarter

"In the first quarter, we achieved record revenue primarily driven by a robust quarter in Japan as well as the strong sales of our LTE solutions worldwide," commented Victor Alston, Ixia's chief operating officer. "We are encouraged by the strong start to the year and the opportunities for growth we see in 2012. While we have seen increases in the levels of our operating expenses over the last few quarters, we believe that these investments position us well in the more rapidly growing and promising segments of our market, including virtualization, cloud, mobility and security test solutions for the converged networks of the future. These investments pave the way for Ixia to be a leader in emerging markets for the years to come."

NSN Tunes TD-LTE for 1.9 GHz Frequency Bands

Nokia Siemens Networks is extending its TD-LTE to the 1.9GHz frequency bands. The move allows operators to use existing 1.9GHz spectrum allocations to provide TD-LTE services. The 1.9GHz TD-LTE support is provided via the company’s Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.

China Mobile, the world's largest operator, has specific plans to evolve its TD-SCDMA network to dual-mode, supporting both TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE services in the 1.9GHz band via a simple software upgrade. The TD-SCDMA spectrum can then be refarmed to support TD-LTE services, hastening China Mobile’s move to the 4G technology.

"The expansion of our TD-LTE portfolio to the 1.9GHz bands marks another step forward in Nokia Siemens Networks’ commitment to driving the TD-LTE ecosystem by supporting China Mobile’s strategy, and at the same time accelerating TD-LTE deployments globally," said Markus Borchert, president at Nokia Siemens Networks Greater China. “TD-LTE provides a much faster and highly responsive mobile internet experience, offering speeds of up to 112 megabits per second (Mbps) and enabling HD video and immersive interactive gaming on smartphones, tablets and laptops. All these TD-LTE benefits will now be available in the 1.9GHz bands, extending the reach of TD-LTE."

Nokia Siemens Networks will be conducting lab trials of its TD-LTE capability in the 1.9GHz band at its Hangzhou open lab in China, and this offering is expected to be commercially available by Q4 2012.

Bytemobile Extends its Adaptive Traffic Management System

Bytemobile has extended its Adaptive Traffic Management System for ensuring quality of experience (QoE) in mobile networks with two new products for 3G and 4G networks.

Introduced last year, Bytemobile's T3100 Adaptive Traffic Manager, which was the first product in the series, is an in-line platform designed to automatically adapt and manage all mobile IP traffic based on real-time network conditions. The NEBS Level 3-compliant platform integrates a combination of network elements for caching, load balancing, deep packet inspection (DPI), web and video optimization, policy control, and analytics. It is designed to be deployed in the core of mobile networks, between the RAN and the Internet.

The new T1100 Traffic Director and the T2100 Content Accelerator provide operators with a seamless single-vendor solution for processing video and web traffic to deliver increased network efficiency and the best possible user experience under all network conditions.

The T1100 Traffic Director is designed to deliver the intelligence and performance required to scale next-generation networks and applications. It is a flexible application delivery controller – powered by Citrix NetScaler and custom-built for deployment with Bytemobile’s Smart Capacity platforms. It provides a seamless exchange of information to intelligently distribute traffic load at all times, resulting in higher availability, greater throughput and simplified operational management. The T1100 also features advanced Citrix NetScaler TriScale technology, including new clustering capabilities that enable multiple appliances to work as a single system so overall network capacity can scale from just megabits/sec to terabits/sec.

The T2100 Content Accelerator is an intelligent caching appliance. Because of its seamless integration with Bytemobile’s two Smart Capacity platforms, operators can add the T2100 to existing traffic management deployments and immediately begin accelerating the multimedia experience by bringing streaming video and audio closer to the subscriber.

Bytemobile noted that more than half of all mobile video and audio content can be served from cache. As a result, the T2100 immediately accelerates the video user experience for more than 50% of an operator’s subscriber base, while also enhancing the experience for the other half through resulting improved network capacity.