Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tellabs Reports Q2 Revenue of $288 million

Tellabs reported Q2 revenue of$288 million, compared with $317 million in the year-ago quarter. There was a net loss of $5 million or 1 cent per share in the second quarter of 2012, compared with a net loss of $29 million or 8 cents per share in the second quarter of 2011.

"In the second quarter, Tellabs grew revenue sequentially by 12%, generated $32 million in cash from operations, and improved margins and profitability," said Dan Kelly, Tellabs acting CEO and president. "We won new business and delivered major product releases. While we see a challenging
economic and industry environment ahead, our goals are to help customers succeed and to improve
Tellabs' profitability."

MetroPCS Surpasses 700,000 LTE Subscribers- now 8% of Customers

MetroPCS delivered improved financial performance despite a net loss of 186,000 subscribers in Q2 as the cost of operating its network decreased.

Roger D. Linquist, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MetroPCS, said, "During the second quarter, we focused on generating Adjusted EBITDA and cash flow versus subscriber growth as we position for our anticipated launch of†4G LTE For All by the end of the third quarter... Looking towards the remainder of 2012, we believe demand for high-speed wireless broadband service will increase and we will be well positioned to meet that demand with our 4G LTE network, which now serves approximately 8% of our subscriber base. With our plan to manage our current spectrum holdings, we believe our subscribers' current and future anticipated data demands will be met. Importantly, we should have a full 10MHz dedicated to 4G LTE in most major metropolitan areas by the end of the year. "

Some notes:

  • Net loss of 186,062 subscribers in Q2

  • Quarterly churn of 3.4%, down 50 bps from the second quarter of 2011

  • Quarterly ARPU of $40.62, an increase of $0.13 over second quarter 2011

  • Surpassed 700 thousand 4G LTE subscribers, representing approximately 8% of total subscribers

  • Total subscribers at the end of the quarter numbered 9,292,251

  • Average revenue per user (ARPU) of $40.62 for the second quarter of 2012 represents an increase of $0.13 when compared to the second quarter of 2011.

  • Cost per user (CPU) decreased to $18.40 in the second quarter of 2012, or a 3% decrease over the second quarter of 2011, driven by a decrease in retention expense for existing customers as well as a decrease in long distance cost and taxes and regulatory fees. These items were partially offset by an increase in costs associated with the 4G LTE network upgrade and roaming expenses associated with Metro USA.

Ixia Posts Revenue of $92.3 Million

Ixia posted Q2 revenue of $92.3 million, compared with $69.0 million reported for the 2011 second quarter and $85.6 million reported for the 2012 first quarter. Second quarter 2012 revenue includes approximately $3.9 million attributable to the recently acquired Anue Systems for the period following the June 1, 2012 closing date. Net income (GAAP) was $26.9 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared with net income of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the 2011 second quarter.

"Our solid second quarter results were driven by healthy demand for our high-speed Ethernet, LTE and Wi-Fi products," commented Vic Alston, Ixia's president and chief executive officer. "We are very pleased with the momentum of our organic business -- on a standalone basis we generated record revenue and non-GAAP operating profit in the quarter."

Radisys Reports Q2 Revenue of $77.6 Million

Radisys reported Q2 revenues of $77.6 million and non-GAAP revenue of $77.7 million. Second quarter GAAP net income was $1.3 million or $0.05 per share and non-GAAP net income was $5.2 million or $0.17 per diluted share.

Commenting on the second quarter results, Mike Dagenais, Radisys' Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our second quarter non-GAAP earnings came in towards the higher end of our expectations. A favorable ATCA customer mix combined with strong Software-Solutions revenue, which was over 20% of total revenue, enabled non-GAAP gross margins of over 37%, our highest level in many years. When combined with tight expense controls, we were able to achieve our expected earnings target despite the lower than expected overall revenue levels."

The company noted 24 new wins across 21 different customers, 9 of which were new to Radisys. The design wins were a healthy blend between ATCA and Com Express; Com Express in particular had very strong wins across many applications including medical imaging, military communications, and photo radar.

NETGEAR Posts Q2 Revenue of $321 Million, up 10% YoY

NETGEAR reported Q2 2012 net revenue of $320.7 million, as compared to $291.2 million in the comparable prior year quarter, 10.1% year-over-year growth. Net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, for the second quarter of 2012 was $21.5 million, or†$0.56 per diluted share.

Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR commented, "Despite the challenging macro environment in Europe, we are pleased that we finished the second quarter with double digit year-over-year worldwide revenue growth. We increased our R&D spend and we are excited about the 26 products introduced in Q2 as well as the new products planned for the rest of the year.† We continued to see strong revenue growth and market share gain in Asia Pacific, the fastest growing region in the world."

Facebook Hits 955 Million Users

Some key operational metrics from Facebook:
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) were 955 million as of June 30, 2012, an increase of 29% year-over-year.

  • Daily active users (DAUs) were 552 million on average for June 2012, an increase of 32% year-over-year.

  • Mobile MAUs were 543 million as of June 30, 2012, an increase of 67% year-over-year.

"Our goal is to help every person stay connected and every product they use be a great social experience," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "That's why we're so focused on investing in our priorities of mobile, platform and social ads to help people have these experiences with their friends."

Verizon Completes Acquisition of HUGHES Telematics

Verizon Communications completed its previously announced acquisition of HUGHES Telematics Inc.(HTI), providing the company with much greater resources for the delivery of automotive and fleet telematics and machine-to-machine services.

"Machine-to-machine services are beginning to play a vital role reshaping the business landscape and setting new consumer expectations about establishing valuable connections in their vehicles, their homes and the world around them," said John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.† "This powerful combination will create a springboard for our clients to expand their business models and strengthen their customer relationships by creating new opportunities for connected services that address the increasingly sophisticated consumer and enterprise."†
  • Earlier this year, Verizon launched a new practice focused on developing telematics solutions that leverage the company's cloud and information technology (IT), security, global IP network and communications, and mobility and M2M technology platforms.

  • Hughes Telematics, Inc. (HTI) was founded in 2006 as a private company with initial financial backing from Apollo Management, one of the world largest private equity firms. Apollo Management maintains an investment portfolio of telecommunications and satellite companies including Hughes Communications.

  • In April 2009, HTI merged with Polaris Acquisition Corporation resulting in a publicly traded company on the OTC under the symbol HUTC.

Motorola Mobility to Relocated to Downtown Chicago

Motorola Mobility will relocate its headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois to downtown Chicago's Merchandise Mart in summer 2013. †Motorola Mobility will become the landmark building's largest tenant and will occupy nearly 600,000 square feet on the top four floors and the rooftop.

"Today marks a homecoming for a company that was founded in Chicago over 80 years ago and continues to innovate to this day," said Mayor Emanuel. "Motorola Mobility joins a growing group of industry-leading companies that see Chicago as a global leader of talent development and business growth, and the company will bring jobs and economic opportunity to our city."

FCC Officially Launches "Connect America" Fund

The first phase of the FCC's "Connect America Fund" is underway with about $115 million in public funding being allocated to bring broadband to nearly 400,000 residents and small business owners in 37 states.

Many projects are now receiving funding and are expected to begin immediately/ All projects must be completed within three years.

The FCC estimates that nearly 19 million residents currently lack access to broadband.

"I'm pleased to announce today that nearly 400,000 residents and businesses in rural communities who currently lack access to high-speed Internet will gain access within the next three years," stated FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
  • The Connect America Fund has the following mission: (1) preserve and advance universal availability of voice service; (2) ensure universal availability of modern networks capable of providing voice and broadband service to homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions; (3) ensure universal availability of modern networks capable of providing advanced mobile voice and broadband service; (4) ensure that rates for broadband services and rates for voice services are reasonably comparable in all regions of the nation; and (5) minimize the universal service contribution burden on consumers and businesses.

    CAF will eventually replace all of the existing high-cost support mechanisms. The annual funding target is set at no more than $4.5 billion over the next six years. The goal is to help make broadband available to homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions in areas that do not, or would not otherwise, have broadband, including mobile voice and broadband networks in areas that do not, or would not otherwise, have mobile service, and broadband in the most remote areas of the nation. The CAF plans to adopt incentive-based, market-driven policies, including competitive bidding, to distribute universal service funds more efficiently than previously.

Sprint Nextel Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results and Updates Full Year Forecast

Sprint Nextel posted better financial results for Q2 2012 thanks to postpaid ARPU growth of $4.31 -- the largest quarterly year-over-year increase on record for the U.S. wireless industry. Overall, there was a net loss of $1.4 billion and a diluted net loss of $.46 per share for the second quarter of 2012 as compared to a net loss of $847 million and a diluted net loss of $.28 per share in the second quarter of 2011. Wireless service revenues came in at $7.3 billion during the quarter.

"The Sprint platform achieved best ever postpaid ARPU and customer churn that, combined with disciplined customer acquisition and cost management, contributed to our Adjusted OIBDA* of $1.45 billion," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "Based on this performance, we are raising the 2012 Adjusted OIBDA* forecast to between $4.5 billion and $4.6 billion."

Some highlights:
  • Sprint platform postpaid net additions were 442,000, up 68 percent sequentially driven by best ever quarterly churn performance of 1.69 percent./li>
  • The Nextel postpaid recapture rate is 60 percent./li>
  • Sprint recorded nearly 1.5 million iPhone sales in the second quarter with 40 percent going to new postpaid customers./li>
  • CAPEX was $1.2 billion in the quarter, compared to $640 million in the second quarter of 2011 and $800 million in the first quarter of 2012. Wireless capital expenditures were $1 billion in Q2, compared to $546 million last year $710 million in Q1. During the quarter, the company invested $704 million for Network Vision and approximately $230 million in data capacity related to both legacy network and Network Vision equipment./li>
  • 9,600 Nextel sites have been taken off air to date -- earlier than previous guidance./li>
  • Leasing agreements are done for more than 12,700 Network Vision sites and zoning requirements are completed for nearly 13,900 sites. In addition, nearly 6,300 sites are either ready for construction or already underway and more than 2,000 sites are on air and meeting speed and coverage enhancement targets. Sprint expects to bring 12,000 sites on air by the end of 2012 and to complete the majority of its Network Vision roll-out by the end of 2013./li>
  • The subscriber base has hit 56 million customers, including nearly 32.6 million postpaid subscribers (29.4 million on the Sprint platform and 3.1 million on the Nextel platform), 15.4 million prepaid subscribers (14.1 million on he Sprint platform and 1.3 million on the Nextel platform) and approximately 8.4 million wholesale and affiliate subscribers, all of whom utilize the Sprint platform./li>
  • Wireless cost of service increased approximately 2 percent year-over-year primarily due to higher costs associated with increased data volume and Network Vision related expenses, partially offset by lower service and repair expenses. Wireless cost of service was flat sequentially, primarily due to lower service and repair expenses, offset by seasonally higher roaming expenses./li>
  • Wireline revenues of $1 billion for the quarter declined 9 percent year-over-year primarily as a result of an intercompany rate reduction based on current market prices for voice and IP services sold to the wireless segment as well as the migration of wholesale cable VoIP customers off of
    Sprint's IP platform. Sequentially, second quarter wireline revenues were flat.

Sprint also announced the expansion of its LTE network to Baltimore, Maryland; Gainesville, Georgia; Manhattan/Junction City, Kansas; and Sherman-Denison, Texas.

Google Rolls Gigabit Fiber for Kansas City

Google launched its first fiber access service in Kansas City.

Google Fiber promises access download speeds of up to 1 Gbps in select neighborhood where an economically viable number of residents pre-register their commitment to enroll in the service.

Google Fiber marks the company's commercial debut as a broadband ISP and as a paid-TV operator.

Google Fiber TV will carry hundreds of channels (including local stations) tens of thousands of shows on demand in HD. The service will be match with a DVR with eight tuners and 2TB of storage. Gigabit + Google Fiber TV will cost $120 per month.

Gigabit Internet: Will offer 1 Gbps Internet download speeds and will include a gigabit-enabled network box with advanced WiFi and 1TB of cloud storage on Google Drive. Gigabit Internet will cost $70 per month.

Free Internet: Google will provide a 5 Mbps connection for zero monthly charge, however there will be a $300 construction fee (which can either be paid at once, or in $25 monthly installments).

Three Big Internet Outages for Thursday

Three major Internet services suffered apparently unrelated outages on Thursday, July 26th.
  • Google Talk

  • Windows Azure in Western Europe

  • Twitter.

Alcatel-Lucent's Q2 Hit by Delayed Carrier Spending

Citing delayed carrier spending and deteriorating macroeconomic environment, Alcatel-Lucent reported disappointing financial results for Q2 2012 as the company generated revenues of Euro 3,545 million, up 10.6% quarter-over-quarter and down 7.1% year-over-year on a reported basis. Gross margin came in at 31.7% of revenue for the quarter, compared to 34.9% in the year ago quarter and 30.3% in the first quarter 2012. There was a net loss of Euro (254) million or Euro (0.11) per share. This includes a Euro (176) million financial charge pre-tax, or Euro (108) million after tax.

Alcatel-Lucent announced 5,000 job cuts as part of an accelerated restructuring program.

"The second quarter performance confirms our strong positions in many attractive market segments including IP, Next-Generation Optics and Broadband Access, all of which are key investment areas that support our High Leverage Network Strategy," stated Ben Verwaayen, CEO Alcatel-Lucent.

"However, despite having demonstrated our ability to deliver operational profitability, it is clear from the deteriorating macro environment and the competitive pricing environment in certain regions challenging profitability that we must embark on a more aggressive transformation. We are therefore launching today The Performance Program to accelerate our transformation and reduce costs by Euro 1.25 billion by the end of next year in order to keep ahead of market realities. These times demand firm actions."

Some notes:

The growth rate in the IP business was more than offset by the double digit declines in both Wireless, resulting from a higher comparison base and moderate or delayed spending from service providers, and Optics.

Wireline posted a strong sequential increase and is further reducing the pace of its year-over-year decline rates, highlighting continuous increased demand in fiber access.

Software, Services & Solutions (S3) segment was declining at a high single digit rate, with Services business being almost flat.

Revenues for the IP division were Euro 473 million, a 16.5% increase from the year-ago quarter. Growth continued in the Americas and Asia Pacific regions and was joined this quarter by growth in the EMEA region as well. Revenues for the Optics division were Euro 542 million, a decrease of 16.0% from the year-ago quarter. The terrestrial optics business witnessed a high-single digit rate of decline, thanks to resilience in next-gen products which partially offset the secular decline of legacy optics.

Revenues for the Wireless division were Euro 877 million, a decrease of 18.7% from the year-ago quarter. Moderate or delayed spending of service providers drove declines in 2G and 3G technologies. Sequentially, CDMA stabilized in the US, and witnessed some good growth in China from network expansions. The LTE business more than tripled compared to the year-ago quarter.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vitesse Intros SynchroPHY for 1GE, 10GE and 10GE OTN

Vitesse Semiconductor unveiled its SynchroPHY portfolio of 1 GigE, 10GE and 10GE OTN PHYs. The chips feature Vitesse's VeriTime, its patent-pending distributed timing technology that delivers high accuracy IEEE1588v2 timing for IP Edge networks, the SynchroPHY portfolio offers the industry's broadest and most scalable solution supporting timing needs for Ethernet, microwave and OTN networks.

"Our SynchroPHY family enables sub-10 nanosecond accurate timing through a simple upgrade of PHYs in existing routers and switches," said Richard Interrante, product marketing director at Vitesse. "With Vitesse's unique architectural approach, VeriTime-enabled solutions achieve the in-line speed and scalability crucial to the functionality of 4G service provider networks."

AppliedMicro Unveils World’s Fastest CMOS Transmitter ICs for 100Gbps

AppliedMicro a CMOS transmitter chip that paves the way for wide-scale deployment in 100G DWDM Optical Transport Networks (OTN) as operators increasingly seek higher bandwidth solutions and greater network density.

AppliedMicro’s S28032 DQPSK Mux chips supports line rates up to 31.8Gbps per channel, which allows for 7%, 15% or 20% forward error correction (FEC) overhead. The device is currently sampling with AppliedMicro's early access partners, who are passing traffic error-free in the lab in preparation for field trials. The company's expect carriers and network operators will see next generation DWDM systems featuring the S28032 early in 2013.

"Our previously announced Gearbox product set the bar for performance in 100GBASE-LR4 applications, supporting ODB (optical duo-binary) pre-coding for metro networks," said George Jones, Vice President of Connectivity Solutions at APM. “Our new S28032 extends AppliedMicro’s leadership position in 100G CMOS PHY products to the DWDM network for metro, regional and long-haul 100Gbps applications."

Comcast Doubles Speeds of Two Tiers at No Additional Cost

Comcast is doubling the speeds of two of its existing Internet speed tiers in certain markets at no additional cost. Specifically, Xfinity Blast! customers will now get download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (formerly 25 Mbps), and Extreme 50 customers will now receive speeds of up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps). This is the seventh time since 2002 that Comcast has increased speeds for its customers.

Comcast also announced plans that it will begin to launch Xfinity Platinum Internet with downloads of up to 305 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 65 Mbps.

Telefónica Group Reaches 312 Million Accesses, up 6% YoY

Driven by continued growth in Latin America, the Telefónica Group now has a global customer base of 312 million accesses, up 6% over the same point last year. Mobile broadband accesses rose 51% to 44.9 MBB accesses at the end of the first half, signalling a penetration rate of 18% in the mobile customer base (243.5 million, +7%). Contract mobile accesses grew +8% year-on-year to 78.5 million, while fixed broadband and pay TV accesses stood at 18.4 million and 3.3 million, respectively.

"Telefónica’s second quarter results showed an improvement quarter-on-quarter, especially at OIBDA level.�?, thanks to the strict cost containment measures, while at the same time highlighting “the strong diversification of our business�?, which remains key to growth, “with an increasing contribution from Telefónica Latinoamérica to consolidated results," stated Telefónica chairman, César Alierta.

The company also credited greater efficiency in its home market, where Telefónica España delivered OIBDA of 1,718 million euros between April and June, an increase of 3% compared to the previous quarter, with significant margin growth (45% in 2Q2012 vs. 42.8% in 1Q2012).

CapEx for the first six months of the year totaled 3,658 million euros, 4.7% lower than in the same period of 2011. In 2011 this item included the cost of spectrum acquisition in Brazil and Costa Rica. Therefore, in organic terms, CapEx rose year-on-year by 9.2%. The Company continues to devote the bulk of its investment to growth and transformation projects (81% of total investment), fostering the expansion of high speed broadband services, both fixed and mobile. The CapEx over sales ratio (excluding spectrum investments) was 11.8% in the first half of 2012.

Broadcom Intros 5G WiFi Combo Chip for Smartphones and Tablets

Broadcom has begun sampling its "5G WiFi" combo chip for smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and other mobile devices.

5G Wi-Fi is the 5th generation of Wi-Fi based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard. It significantly improves the wireless range in the home while supporting 3X faster speeds.

The new BCM4335 integrates a complete, single-stream 5G WiFi system – including the MAC, PHY and RF – with Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio and software on a single silicon die. The platform-agnostic design and integration of the MAC, PHY and RF allows the BCM4335 to be added to any smartphone or tablet regardless of the application processor used. The chip uses the 40nm CMOS process. It also introduces the newest version of Broadcom's wireless coexistence technology. Handset makers can use this technology on 4G LTE cellular platforms to minimize the possibility of radio interference between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE, which operate in adjacent radio frequencies. Broadcom's Global Coexistence Interface supports the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's LTE coexistence scheme and can be applied to future Broadcom LTE platforms, as well as 4G cellular platforms from other vendors.
  • 802.11ac. leverages 80 MHz channel bandwidth that is 2 times wider than current 802.11n solutions.

Akamai Posts Revenue of $331 Million, up 20% YoY

Akamai Technologies posted Q2 revenues of $331 million, a 20 percent increase over second quarter 2011 revenue of $277 million. Net income (GAAP) was $44 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, an 8 percent decrease from second quarter 2011 GAAP net income of $48 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, and a 2 percent increase from first quarter 2012 GAAP net income of $43 million, or $0.24 per diluted share.

"Akamai's very strong second quarter results were driven on the top line by increased adoption of our cloud infrastructure solutions as well as continued growth of content delivery solutions," said Paul Sagan, President and CEO of Akamai. "Our bottom line performance was the result of significant benefits we have begun to realize from improvements we are making to scale our network operations."

BT's Profit Grows as Revenue Declines 6% YoY

BT's overall revenues declined 6% YoY in its most recent fiscal quarter to GBP 4,484 million. CAPEX increased significantly over the same period last year as the company continued its fibre rollout. Nevertheless, earnings per share increased thanks to greater efficiency at the company. There were good performances in BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach while BT Global Services (-9% YoY) was impacted by the tough conditions in Europe and the financial services sector.

"Our financial performance allows us to keep investing for the future. Our engineers are rolling out fibre at pace bringing fibre broadband to over 2m more homes and businesses in the quarter and it's now available to over 11m premises. Our investment plans are creating around 2,000 jobs in 2012 by recruiting engineers to support our fibre plans and opening four new UK call centres. We continue to make good progress with our investments in the faster growing economies."