Friday, May 18, 2012

Dell'Oro: LTE RAN Investments Grow in Q1


Despite the challenging macro economic environment, mobile operators are investing in LTE networks while slowing down spending on the 2G/3G mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment, according to a new Mobile RAN Quarterly report from Dell'Oro Group. Some highlights:
  • LTE RAN revenues up more than 160 percent versus 1Q11

  • There were more than 60 commercial LTE networks at the end of 1Q12

  • There were 15 million LTE subscriptions at the end of 1Q12, up 70 percent Q/Q

  • TDD LTE markets have been commercialized in Japan.

Deutsche Telekom Q1 Revenues Slide, Profits Up


Deutsche Telekom's Q1 revenue declined 1.1 percent to EUR 14.4 billion compared to a year ago, while EBITDA remained stable at EUR 4.5 billion, and adjusted EDITDA margin hit 31.0 percent, 0.4 percentage points higher than one year before.

Domestic net revenue amounted to EUR 6.4 billion, around EUR 0.2 billion lower than in the first three
months of 2011. International net revenue remained on a par with the level in the prior-year quarter at
EUR 8.0 billion.

"This was a very satisfying quarter for us," said René Obermann, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Telekom. "We have made significant progress in many areas and can now confirm our guidance for the year."

The company cited macroeconomic worries in Europe, intense competition and price changes imposed by the regulatory authorities as having a negative effect.

Some highlights:

In the German mobile market
  • Mobile contract net adds were -107k – due to customer migration of one reseller

  • Smartphone sales in Q1: 863k smartphones, of which 291k iPhones

  • LTE coverage increased to 25% of population (+11pp quarter-on-quarter)

  • Total subscriber base is 35,100,000

     In the German fixed line division:
  • Line losses were 24% below last year: 259k in Q1 (339k in Q1/11)

  • Broadband customers were up+2.5%: 12,367k, 102k net adds in Q1

  • Entertain customers were up +37%: 1,725k total, 173k net adds in Q1

  • Retail fiber customers (VDSL) were up +67%: 674k total, 66k net adds in Q1

Gogo and AeroSat Offer Satellite Internet for Airlines


Gogo announced a new partnership with AeroSat, a satellite equipment provider, to bring a Ku-satellite solution to commercial airlines.  The Ku-satellite solution will allow Gogo to offer airlines connectivity services that extend beyond the United States in the near term, including transoceanic routes, until Inmarsat's Global Xpress Ka-satellite service becomes available.

AeroSat will deliver the Ku-satellite antenna, radome, antenna control and modem unit and high power transceiver to Gogo.  The AeroSat equipment will be coupled with Gogo's onboard hardware and software (server and access points).

Gogo recently announced that it will be one of two global service providers of Inmarsat's Global Xpress™ Ka-satellite service. The launch of the first of three Inmarsat-5 satellites is scheduled for mid-2013.  Gogo expects to offer Global Xpress Ka-satellite service after the launch of all three I-5 satellites starting in late 2014 or early 2015.

"As a company, Gogo has always considered itself technology neutral.  Our goal is to provide the right technology to meet the connectivity needs of any aircraft size and any aircraft mission," said Gogo's president and CEO Michael Small.  "By adding a Ku-based offering, we will be qualified to offer our airline partners a wide range of technology solutions.  Whether it's by using our exclusive air to ground and ATG-4 technologies, Ku-satellite or, in the near future, Inmarsat's Global Xpress Ka-satellite technologies, we expect to be able to service all aircraft."

http://www.gogoair.com

DOCOMO Extends Cloud Services


NTT DOCOMO is preparing to launch an array of new personal services for smartphone and tablet users under a new "docomo cloud" brand.

The cloud strategy, which the company highlighted in its financial report issued late last month, aims to transform the company into being a "trusted personal agent" of its customers rather than a dumb pipe. Since launching its "Shabette-Concier" voice command-based app for Android on March 1, DOCOMO has logged over 2 million downloads. Starting next month, Shabette-Concier voice command-based app will be enhanced to provide precise answers to inquiries on a wide range of topics.
In June, DOCOMO will launch, Mail-Hon’yaku-Concier, an app that automatically translates text messages, such as e-mails and social networking messages, between Japanese and English/Chinese/Korean. The service uses cloud-based mobile interpretation technologies that DOCOMO currently is developing.

In August, DOCOMO will begin providing users with 5GB of free cloud storage for photos and videos. The service recognizes facial features and scenes for automatic sorting and grouping. Photo Collection will link to external services like Evernote, Eye-Fi and HighlightCam.

Also in August, DOCOMO will enhance its dmarket portal for smartphone and tablet apps and content. Content purchased from DOCOMO’s VIDEO Store, MUSIC Store, BOOK Store or ANIME Store can be enjoyed for no extra charge on multiple devices registered to the same subscriber.
http://www.nttdocomo.com/pr/2012/001591.html
14-May-12
http://www.infonetics.com

Infonetics: 23% Drop in Optical Network Market in 1Q12


Spending on optical gear dropped 23% globally in the first quarter of 2012 (1Q12) from the previous quarter, according to a newly released Optical Network Hardware vendor market share report from Infonetics. Carrier spending in Europe was down sharply, making 1Q12 the worst quarter for optical capex in the region in over 5 years.

"While optical hardware revenue trends in all world regions were not positive in the first quarter of 2012, the most alarming development is that year-over-year in EMEA – particularly Europe – spending on WDM optical equipment decreased faster than spending on legacy SDH equipment," notes Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics Research. "This is not the behavior of a region experiencing only a minor quarterly pullback. By contrast, the trend in North America was the opposite, with carriers cutting spending year-over-year but allocating towards forward-looking technology investments like WDM equipment and ROADMs."

Some highlights from the report:


  • While the global WDM and SONET/SDH optical network equipment market declined 23% in 1Q12 to $2.8 billion (the largest quarterly drop in years), the impact was sharpened by a strong previous quarter, when the market grew 9%
  • Revenue for all optical vendors declined in EMEA, with the exception of Infinera.
  • Though EMEA typically has a seasonal sequential decline in the first quarter, 1Q12 was the worst quarter for optical capex in over 5 years.
  • Fujitsu and Ciena outperformed competitors in North America.
  • Asia Pacific was buoyed by strong spending in Japan, with NEC and Fujitsu posting eye-popping 28% gains in 1Q12 from the year-ago first quarter.
  • Aside from the standout performances by NEC and Fujitsu, while many of the big vendors enjoyed gains the previous quarter, 1Q12 was characterized by smaller companies such as Infinera, ADVA, and Transmode outperforming the market.
  • ROADM optical equipment spending was flat in 1Q12, an achievement considering this category posted a record quarter in 4Q11.
http://www.infonetics.com

OIF Launches Three Interface Projects

The OIF has commenced work on three new electrical interface projects addressing next generation needs for high speed and low power electrical interfaces. These include: The Ultra Short Reach Electrical Interface, which will define a link of less than 10 mm between an ASIC and an Optical Engine (OE) at data rates up to and including 56 Gbps. This will enable the industry to develop Multi Chip Modules (MCMs) and alternate advanced packaging schemes that are optimized for minimum power consumption.

The Close Proximity Electrical Interface, which will define a link with a reach of less than 50 mm from chip to discrete OE at data rates up to and including 56 Gbps. This will facilitate an efficient board mounted OE at low power.

The CEI-56G-Very Short Reach project, will determine optimum modulation format based on measurements, verification and CMOS Switch ASIC I/O capability. The project looks at single lane electrical I/O data rates beyond 28 Gbps needed for future chip-to-module applications, including single lane interfaces for 40 Gbps modules and 8-10 lane interfaces for 400 Gbps modules. "These projects address different elements of the important electrical interface beyond 100G transmission, where speed and power will become an increasingly difficult issue,” said Dave Stauffer of IBM Corp. and the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer Working Group Chair. “Based on our Common Electrical Interface (CEI) work, the industry has turned to the OIF to drive the next phase in electrical interfaces which will include data rates up to 56 Gbps."
http://www.oiforum.com 
14-May-12 

Ciena Endorses Open Data Center Interoperable Network (ODIN)

Ciena announced its support for the new Open Data Center Interoperable Network (ODIN)framework from IBM, which is positioned as an industry best-practice for transforming data-centers with a flatter, more converged network architecture.

In a blog posting, Steve Alexander, Chief Technology Officer of Ciena, writes: "We can see a time in the near future where the combination of increasing network intelligence combined with the use of open standards-based network programming interfaces (NPIs) enables physical network resources to be virtualized, just as we today routinely work with virtualized compute and storage resources."

The ODIN framework outlined by IBM addresses issues such as virtualization and Virtual Machine (VM) migration across flat Layer 2 networks, lossless Ethernet, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow, and extended distance WAN connectivity (including low latency). Several papers are posted on the IBM site listed here.
http://www.ciena.com/corporate/blog/Its-All-About-Open.html 
http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/networking/solutions/odin.html 

16-May-12 


Here is a look at the future of DSL, presented by Dr, John Cioffi, Founder and CEO of ASSIA -- and the inventor of discrete multitone modulation (DMT) technology that became the basis of DSL.

01:23 - Where does DSL stand in the market today?
02:30 - Is DSL still expanding and will this growth continue?
03:12 - Did the adoption cycle for DSL surprise you?
04:26 - How has DSL continued to improve over time?
06:21 - What are some of the technology milestones that got us to where DSL is today?
09:18 - How much more performance can yet be achieved over copper?
13:25 - What is Dynamic Spectrum Management? What is vectoring?
14:53 - Is the goal to clean up a single line, a bundle of cables or a whole node?
15:36 - When will this come to market?
16:22 - Will carriers have to choose between further investment in their wireline infrastructure versus rolling out more lucrative 4G LTE?


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Zayo Expands its Fiber Network

Zayo is expanding its fiber footprint in Phoenix, Arizona by 165 route miles, a 60% increase over the existing network. The build will provide presence to the Phoenix suburbs Peoria, El Mirage, Fountain Hills and Sun City. It will also connect 123 new towers. With the expansion in Phoenix, along with other markets, Zayo’s tower footprint has over 900 towers under construction; currently the on-net tower footprint is 2,427.

Separately, Zayo announced a low latency service between Seattle and Chicago. Zayo said its existing service between Seattle and Chicago already provides industry-leading latency. The enhanced service, which will be available in the third quarter of 2012, significantly improves latency. The distance of the route will be reduced by approximately 100 route miles. To further reduce latency, the system will be engineered as an express route, with add/drop points being limited to approximately 4 locations. Zayo anticipates reducing latency by 5 – 15% relative to currently available services. The Wavelength system being deployed will be a native 100G system. Zayo will continue to offer service on its existing system, which provides add/drop points in many markets between Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA. 
http://www.zayo.com 

Brocade Sees Softness in Federal Sales

Huawei unveiled a WDM prototype based on a flexible 12.5 GHz wavelength grid , improving upon the current mainstream commercial products that use a 50GHz of 25 GHz fixed spectrum interval. The flexibility of the wavelength spacing lays a foundation for multi-carrier technologies and next-generation bandwidth-flexible optical networks beyond 100G.

Huawei said its WDM prototype developed increases the spectrum utilization for large-capacity WDM systems. The WDM prototype supports 40G, 100G, 400G and 1T hybrid transmissions and is compatible with the 50GHz or 25GHz spectrum interval legacy systems. It provides smooth evolution from 40G and 100G systems to 400G and 1T systems, effectively protecting investment on current networks. Huawei expects next-generation, bandwidth-flexible optical networks will leverage systems capable of automatic adjustment of the modulation mode and line rate based on the transmission distance and service capacity, constantly changing the frequency width utilization. The 12.5GHz granularity enables flexibility in the adjustment of bandwidth, distance, and frequency width, freeing up more of the available spectrum to transmit services.

Jack Wang, president of Huawei Transport Network Product Line, said: "After releasing the world’s first 10 petabit all-optical switch prototype and the 400G DWDM prototype, Huawei has provided a preview of next-generation optical networks by unveiling the highest efficiency spectrum WDM prototype. Huawei is committed to providing innovative solutions in the field of optical networks and to making significant contributions in broadband network construction to further develop next-generation optical transmission technologies."

Westell to Acquire ANTONE Wireless for Tower Mounted Amplifiers

Westell Technologies has acquired the assets and business of ANTONE Wireless Corp., which makes a line of high-performance Tower-Mounted Amplifiers, Multi-Carrier Power Amplifier Boosters, and cell-site antenna sharing products. ANTONE’s products have already been approved for use by large U.S. wireless carriers to address the growing need for cell-site optimization.  FiANTONE had revenues of approximately $2 million in the 12 months ending March 31, 2012.

Apple Commits to 100% Renewable Energy in N.C. Data Center

Apple will power its new data center in Maiden, North Carolina, using entirely renewable sources by the end of this year.  About 60% of the capacity will cover from on-site generation using the nation’s largest private solar arrays and the largest non-utility fuel cell installation in the country. The remaining 40 percent of the data center energy needs will be clean, renewable energy generated by local and regional sources.

Marvell Posts Revenue of $796 Million, up 7% Sequentially

Marvell Technology Group reported revenue of $796 million for the quarter ending 20-April-2012, a 7 percent sequential increase from $743 million in the preceding quarter and down slightly from $802 million in the same period a year ago. GAAP net income for the quarter was $95 million, or $0.16 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $81 million, or $0.13 per share (diluted), for the preceding quarter, and $147 million, or $0.22 per share (diluted), for the same period last year.

"Our results in the first quarter were better than anticipated driven in part by our TD smartphone products, which grew about 25% sequentially and increased deployment of our 500 gigabyte per platter mobile storage solutions to all the hard disk drive manufacturers," said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This financial performance gave us the confidence to increase our share repurchase program by $500 million to a total of $2.5 billion, and based on broad institutional shareholder request, to also initiate a quarterly dividend of 6 cents per share."

DIRECTV Extends Satellite Broadband Across US


DIRECTV announced new agreements with ViaSat and Hughes to deliver satellite broadband service to consumers across the U.S.

DIRECTV will offer the Exede by ViaSat and Hughes' HughesNet Gen4 next-generation satellite broadband services, with speeds of over 10 Mbps, to its customers living in mostly unserved, rural areas later this year.

This new offering, coupled with already available triple-play bundles with Verizon, AT&T, Century Link and other telco providers, means that any DIRECTV customer in the U.S. will now be able to get bundled pricing.
http://dtv.client.shareholder.com/releases.cfm

Aruba Posts $132 Million in Revenue, up 25% YoY


Aruba Networks reported quarterly revenue of $131.9 million, an increase of 25 percent from the $105.8 million reported in Q3’11. GAAP net income for Q3’12 was $6.0 million, or $0.05 per share, compared with GAAP net income of $3.2 million, or $0.03 per share, for the same period in the previous year.


“We are pleased with our solid third quarter results as we grew revenue 25 percent year-over-year to the highest level in our history,” said Dominic Orr, president and chief executive officer. “Our differentiated mobile-centric approach to the access network continues to resonate with both new and existing customers as the global proliferation of mobile devices and the BYOD trend fundamentally change how users securely connect to their enterprise resources. The recent customer wins we made this quarter with our MOVE architecture demonstrate the power of our platform to expand within our current customer base and win new accounts.”
http://www.arubanetworks.com

SSE Telecoms Deploys 100G with Ciena


SSE Telecoms, the UK’s fourth largest asset owning telecoms operator (a business unit of Scottish and Southern Energy), has selected Ciena’s coherent 100 Gbps optical networking technology as the exclusive solution for deployment in its UK national network. SSE Telecoms is connecting its data centers across Britain using the 100 Gbps network.  The company is deploying Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors.  The high-capacity links, already deployed and operational, connect SSE Telecoms’ sites in Manchester and Hampshire to the Global Switch 2 data centre located in London’s Docklands.

Huawei Selects Metaswitch Control Plane Software


Huawei has licensed Metaswitch’s Path Computation Element software (DC-PCE) to serve as a key component of its IP and optical product integration strategy. Metaswitch’s DC-PCE, along with its GMPLS software previously licensed to Huawei, provides the key building blocks for Huawei’s Unified Control Plane, which powers the software for its SingleBackbone network architecture.

The Metaswitch solution enables a separation of the IP/MPLS control plane from the data forwarding hardware in the network. This separation and virtualization of the control software from the forwarding hardware is a central feature of Software Defined Networking (SDN) architectures.

http://www.metaswitch.com
http://www.huawei.com

NextIO Raises $12.3 Million for Data Center I/O


NextIO, a start-up based in Austin, Texas, raised $12.3 million in a Series F funding round for its data center solutions.


NextIO offer a portfolio of rack-level I/O consolidation solutions for datacenter network consolidation, GPGPU computing, and high-performance storage. The newest product in the NextIO portfolio is the vNET I/O Maestro, which provides server connectivity at the rack level to both Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks without the need for changes in governance models or proprietary, hard to support I/O drivers.

http://www.nextio.com

Zayo Expands its Fiber Network


Zayo is expanding its fiber footprint in Phoenix, Arizona by 165 route miles,  a 60% increase over the existing network. The build will provide presence to the Phoenix suburbs Peoria, El Mirage, Fountain Hills and Sun City.  It will also connect 123 new towers. With the expansion in Phoenix, along with other markets, Zayo’s tower footprint has over 900 towers under construction; currently the on-net tower footprint is 2,427.

Separately, Zayo announced a low latency service between Seattle and Chicago.  Zayo said its existing service between Seattle and Chicago already provides industry-leading latency.  The enhanced service, which will be available in the third quarter of 2012, significantly improves latency. The distance of the route will be reduced by approximately 100 route miles. To further reduce latency, the system will be engineered as an express route, with add/drop points being limited to approximately 4 locations. Zayo anticipates reducing latency by 5 – 15% relative to currently available services. The Wavelength system being deployed will be a native 100G system. Zayo will continue to offer service on its existing system, which provides add/drop points in many markets between Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA.

Latest Release of OpenFlow Adds IPv6, Tunneling, QoS

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) approved OpenFlow 1.3.0, adding a number of updates to the standard for real-world deployment in wide-ranging environments. 

OpenFlow 1.3.0 was developed by the Extensibility Working Group of ONF, which is tasked with moving technical work forward and making OpenFlow more flexible to enable a rich set of features and broad set of implementations. The new version of the OpenFlow protocol includes support for:
  • IPv6 deployment that enables OpenFlow controllers to implement IPv6 RFCs and routing
  • Tunneling and logical port abstraction used in datacenters, virtualized private networks (VPN), and more
  • Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB), which is a lightweight tunneling standard used between datacenters
  • Quality of Service (QoS) through a new per-flow metering feature to precisely control the usage of the network bandwidth
  • Features that enable the controller to better select the information it gets from the switch with per-flow metering and per-connection event filtering.
OF-Config 1.1 was also approved, which is an update for the configuration and management protocol for OpenFlow switches. The updated configuration protocol is an important aspect of the evolution of OpenFlow and includes capability discovery, tunnel configuration, error handling, and new security features. OF-Config 1.1 allows OpenFlow controllers and OpenFlow switches from different vendors to be easily deployed and managed in the same datacenter or network.

"ONF continues to focus its technical work on the topics that are most important to the networking market,” said Dan Pitt, executive director, ONF. “OpenFlow brings market-defining value into the SDN eco-system. The approval of OpenFlow 1.3.0 and OF-Config 1.1 demonstrates the Foundation’s commitment to reducing time-to-value in real-world deployments where operational efficiency and managing complexity are primary concerns. We are eager for member companies to move forward with the implementation and deployment of these updates because doing so will allow processes to be defined ‘on the fly’ and deployed automatically, thus driving the commercialization of OpenFlow-based SDN for the benefit of customers."