Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NSN Tracks a 54% Rise in Mobile Data in India over 7 Months

Mobile data traffic in India spiked 54% between December 2011 and June 2012, according to a newly released MBit Index report from Nokia Siemens Networks.

The report aggregates real data traffic across all the 2G (GSM and EDGE) and 3G multivendor networks managed by Nokia Siemens Networks for operators in India. The company currently provides 30% of the total 2G and 3G networks in India which provide services to about 300 million subscribers. This large sample size, amounting to a third of India’s 2G and 3G mobile networks.

The report further reveals that data traffic generated by 3G services has increased by 78% while that of 2G services has increased by 47% during the same period.

"Our report highlights India’s enormous appetite for consuming data services on the go and hence the need to provide high quality mobile broadband services to satisfy users," said Sandeep Girotra, head of India region at Nokia Siemens Networks. "2G has been relatively successful in driving mobile broadband use in India, but we are now witnessing 3G pushing the mobile broadband use to unprecedented levels."

Alcatel-Lucent Offers API Consulting Services

Alcatel-Lucent is launching a new consulting and professional services practice to help service providers adopt a lifecycle methodology for application programming interfaces (APIs). The goal is to provide expertise and technology to streamline the creation, deployment and management of network-based services.

"APIs are the glue that ties together all the elements of the data economy – apps, the cloud and big data. But launching and supporting a dynamic API strategy is not easy - these programs need to be monitored, nurtured and directed as they evolve over time. Operators need to offer a program that lowers the barrier to entry for developers and creates a more supportive environment. Our methodology and related services are designed to address the pain points affecting developers when designing, implementing and integrating APIs," stated Laura Merling, Senior Vice President, Application Enablement at Alcatel-Lucent.

Apple Plans Massive Data Center in Oregon

Apple is planning to build a massive data center in Prineville, Oregon, in proximity to Facebook's main data center, according to city documents reported by The Bend Bulletin. The facility reportedly will be over 500,000 square feet (46,451 m2) located on 160 acres of land. This would be equivalent in size to Apple's flagship data center in Maiden, North Carolina.

Marvell's Revenue Rises 2% Sequentially to $816 Million

Marvell Technology Group reported revenue of $816 million for the second quarter of its fiscal 2013, a 2 percent sequential increase from $796 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, ended April 28, 2012, and a decrease of 9 percent from $898 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, ended July 30, 2011.

GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $93 million, or $0.16 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $95 million, or $0.16 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, and $192 million, or $0.31 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

"Our results in the second quarter were affected primarily by the slowdown in the macro-economic environment that impacted our storage and mobile end markets. However, our SSD, 500 gigabyte per platter HDD and wireless connectivity products grew double digits sequentially and our networking end market continued to outperform on the strength of new products and share gains," said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Despite the soft near-term demand environment, we are maintaining good profitability and continue to deliver shareholder value through our share repurchase and dividend programs."

PICMG Adopts 40 Gbps AdvancedTCA Spec

The PICMG standards organization officially adopted the AdvancedTCA 3.1R2 specification, which quadruples the system bandwidth that can be achieved in AdvancedTCA systems to 40 Gbps.

The new specification allows a single chassis to handle data transfers up to 10 terabits per second for full mesh designs.

"The 40-gigabit fabric interface defined in PICMG 3.1R2.0 is the natural evolution for AdvancedTCA platforms," said Doug Sandy, Chairman of the PICMG 3.1R2.0 committee and CTO of the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. “It guarantees backward compatibility and interoperability, and offers a significant bandwidth improvement for next-generation data-hungry applications."

The new specification is available in print and electronic formats.


Brocade Reports Strong Results, Sales up 10% YoY

Brocade reported revenue of $555.3 million for its third fiscal quarter of 2012, representing an increase of 10% year-over-year and 2% quarter-over-quarter. GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.09, up from break-even EPS in Q3 2011.

"Fiscal Q3 was a great quarter for Brocade. With continued differentiation in our products and focused execution across our organization, we were able to overcome many issues in the current challenging macroeconomic environment. As a result, our financial performance in the quarter exceeded our expectations for revenue, operating margin and earnings per share," said Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade.

Some highlights:

Storage business revenue, including products and services, was $377.6 million, up 13% year-over-year and down 6% sequentially. Storage product revenue increased 17% year-over-year and decreased 6% sequentially, in a seasonally soft quarter for the company. Brocade's 16 Gbps Fibre Channel products represented nearly 30% of director and switch revenue in the quarter.

Ethernet business revenue, including products and services, was $177.8 million, up 5% year-over-year and up 24% quarter-over-quarter. Revenue growth for the Ethernet business was driven by an increase in Federal sales, which were up 40% year-over-year and 108% quarter-over-quarter. Enterprise business revenue was up 2% year-over-year and up 21% quarter-over-quarter as the Brocade ICX products continue to ramp. Service provider business revenue was up slightly quarter-over-quarter and down 5% year-over-year.

Michael Klayko Steps Down as CEO of Brocade

Michael A. Klayko will resign as CEO of Brocade pending identification of a successor.

Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade, stated, "Decisions like these are never easy, but I believe it is the right time. The Company is in a great position financially, and our product pipeline will continue to strengthen and clearly separate Brocade from other networking providers. Until a successor is identified, I remain focused on my role as CEO and on continuing to execute our strategy."

Brocade's Chairman, Dave House, said, "We want to thank Mike for his more than seven years of service as CEO. He has led us through two major acquisitions and has positioned us as a technology leader and world-class provider of networking solutions. We wish him the best and appreciate his continued service to Brocade as the Company works to identify the right leader to assume his role."

  • Brocade acquired McDATA in 2006 and Foundry Networks in 2008.

Conditional Approval for Verizon Wireless + CableCo Spectrum Deal

Verizon and cable operators made a number of concessions in order to gain preliminary approval from the U.S. Department of Justice for their proposed spectrum and co-marketing deal. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his support for the amended agreement.

In December 2011, Verizon Wireless announced a deal to acquire 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses from SpectrumCo, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks, for $3.6 billion. The transfer of licenses will require approval from the FCC and review from the Department of Justice. The companies also announced several agreements to resell each others' services. The cable companies will have the option of selling Verizon Wireless' service on a wholesale basis. Furthermore, the companies will form an innovation technology joint venture to develop technology that better integrates wireline and wireless products and services.

To gain DOJ approval, the companies have agreed to a proposed settlement forbids Verizon Wireless from selling cable company products in FiOS areas and removes contractual restrictions on Verizon Wireless’s ability to sell FiOS, ensuring that Verizon’s incentives to compete aggressively against the cable companies remain unchanged.

In addition, under the proposed settlement, Verizon Wireless’s ability to resell the cable companies’ services to customers in areas where Verizon sells DSL Internet service ends in December of 2016 (subject to potential renewal at DOJ's sole discretion), thereby preserving Verizon’s incentives to reconsider its decision to stop building out its FiOS network and otherwise innovate in its DSL territory.

The DOJ is limiting the duration of a technology joint venture that the companies had planned to set-up to develop wireless + wireline solutions. In addition, the companies are limited in the exchange of competitively sensitive information.
  • In June 2012, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless announced a sale and exchange deal covering certain Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licenses in 218 markets across the U.S. Some of the spectrum contemplated in this transaction included licenses that Verizon is purchasing from SpectrumCo, Cox and Leap, and the agreement is contingent on the closing of those transactions and is subject to regulatory approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice.

China Mobile Updates on TD-LTE Scale Deployments

In its 1H2012 financial report, China Mobile confirmed that it has successfully completed TD-LTE trial in "6+1" cities and commenced an expanded build-out of the technology. China Mobile has also carried out two-way roaming trials between Hangzhou's TD-LTE network and Hong Kong's LTE FDD networks.

By the end of this year, China Mobile aims to deploy 20,000 TD-LTE base stations in 13 cities. The goal is to have 90% effective coverage in key areas of Hangzhou, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

In 2013, the number of TD-LTE base stations will reach 200,000 to achieve contiguous outdoor coverage in data hotspots of prefectural level and above cities.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cyan Supplies SDN-enabled Packet-Optical in Auckland

Vocus Communications, which provides telecommunications and data center services to ISPs in Australia and New Zealand, is deploying the Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms and the Cyan 360 software-defined network (SDN) operations system for its newly constructed network in Auckland.

The initial deployment consists of Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms configured with wavelength selectable switch (WSS) reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) and 10G service modules. Vocus will employ Cyan 360 SDN operations systems to facilitate multi-layer planning, management and performance verification of the network. Cyan's metro SDN solution also supports multi-vendor integration to maintain operational simplicity while using best-in-class ecosystem components. Financial terms were not disclosed.


XO First to Implement 100G on Nationwide Long-haul Network

XO Communications has become the first service provider in the U.S. to deploy 100 Gbps across its long-haul fiber network on a nationwide basis.

XO is using Nokia Siemens Networks' hiT7300 DWDM optical transmission platform, which is capable of carrying 96 100G wavelengths simultaneously for a maximum capacity of 9.6 terabits per second per fiber. Coherent technology enables transmission over existing fiber. The system can scale to 400G and beyond. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks said that by offering DCM-free transmission, its solution enables lower latency (less delay) in data transmission. It supports colorless, directionless ROADM functionality.

XO said the increased capacity gives it the flexibility to more efficiently manage the increasing data traffic across its network from enterprise and wholesale customers’ Internet, video, mobile data and cloud-based enterprise applications. The carrier plans to offer 100 Gbps optical network services to cable companies, mobile wireless service providers, and domestic and international telecommunications companies.

"While other telecommunications companies have deployed or tested 100G optical systems across portions of their networks, XO Communications is the first service provider to deploy 100G technology on an operational basis coast-to-coast across its nationwide fiber network,” said Randy Nicklas, senior vice president and chief technology officer for XO Communications. “By making this leap to 100G, XO Communications is taking a leadership role in utilization of optical networking and offering customers the network infrastructure and services needed in order to deliver today’s cloud computing, mobile wireless and Internet video delivery platforms and services."

"We are happy to play a key role in enabling XO Communications to reach this important industry milestone," said Jim Benson, head of Optical Networks for the Americas at Nokia Siemens Networks. “With the use of our high performance 100G coherent technology, XO Communications has built an automated, high capacity, state of the art network that will allow it to provide end customers with very low latency service connections coast-to-coast."

JDSU to Acquire Korea's GenComm for Wireless Testing

JDSU agreed to acquire GenComm, a provider of wireless test and measurement solutions based in Seoul, South Korea.    Financial terms were not disclosed.

GenComm’s solutions, which are currently distributed by JDSU under an OEM relationship, are used to provision wireless services. Revenue from GenComm products was more than $7.5 million of JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement business segment revenue in fiscal year 2012.

"The GenComm acquisition will be a great strategic fit for JDSU, allowing us to leverage strong engineering wireless expertise and technology that will help us innovate new ways to support 2G, 3G and emerging 4G networks,” said David Heard, president of JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "Adding the expertise of GenComm’s team in South Korea also expands JDSU’s presence in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region."

Poland's Netia Extends Managed Services with Ericsson

Netia, one of Poland's largest providers of fixed-line telecommunications services, has renewed its Managed Services Agreement with Ericsson. Under the four-year contract, Ericsson is responsible for the maintenance and management of Netia's networks, as well as supporting the provision of services to Netia Group's residential and business users. The renewed and expanded contract covers the same range of cooperation as the previous agreement, while expanding its geographical reachto include the Telefonia Dialog and Crowley telecommunication networks acquired by Netia Group in December 2011.

The agreement covers two main areas: services provision, and the transfer of contracts concerning employees, assets and agreements of Netia Group. About 190 additional Netia Group employees will be transferred to Ericsson Poland.

JDSU's Quarterly Revenue Rises to $439 Million

JDSU reported net revenue of $439.3 million and net loss was $(24.3) million, or $(0.10) per share.  This compares to net revenue of $409.2 million and net loss of $(17.4) million, or $ (0.08) per share for the prior quarter, and net revenue of $471.8 million and net income of $9.3 million, or $0.04 per share for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011 (ended June 30, 2011). The GAAP net loss for the fourth fiscal quarter is inclusive of a $23.7 million impairment charge of certain long-lived assets and $10.5 million of insurance proceeds associated with the Thailand flood.

For fiscal 2012, net revenue of $1,682.1 million decreased 6.8% from $1,804.5 million for fiscal 2011. The net loss for fiscal 2012 of $(57.7) million, or $(0.25) per share, compared to a net income of $71.6 million, or $0.31 per share, for fiscal 2011.

Some highlights:

  • Communications Test and Measurement revenue of $196.2 million increased by 10.3% compared to the prior quarter and decreased 7.1% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Revenue from this segment represented 44.7% of total net revenue.
  • Communications and Commercial Optical Products revenue of $185.0 million increased 6.9% compared to the prior quarter and decreased 8.6% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.  Revenue from this segment represented 42.1% of total net revenue.
  • Advanced Optical Technologies revenue of $58.1 million decreased less than 1% compared to the prior quarter and decreased 1% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.  Revenue from this segment represented 13.2% of total net revenue.

Marvell Unveils 3G Platform for both TD-SCDMA and WCDMA

Marvell announced a single unified 3G platform featuring its next-generation single-chip application and communications processor System-on-Chips (SoCs) combined with its Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + FM radio + Near Field Communications (NFC) + GPS chips, RF transceivers and integrated PMIC solutions.  The unified 3G platform supports both Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) and Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) markets.

With pin-to-pin compatibility, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can leverage the same printed circuit board (PCB) and ID designs, and operating system, application and multimedia software to address both the WCDMA and TD-SCDMA markets, which is expected to greatly simplify design cycles and reduce unnecessary cost. Engineering samples for the unified platform are available now.

"I believe Marvell's advanced, single unified dual-core 3G platform will deliver high-performance, affordable smartphones and tablets to the global mass market. In the new era of the 'Connected Lifestyle,' I believe it is important for mobile devices, such as tablets, to have a highly integrated single-chip solution, combining a high-performance application processor and an always connected modem with high-end graphics and HD video capabilities," said Weili Dai, Co-founder of Marvell. "I am very proud and thankful for Marvell's global team of talented engineers, partners and Tier-1 customers in the mobile ecosystem, for their hard work, innovation and dedication to move the industry forward faster."

Ericsson Selected for WCDMA/LTE in Poland

Polkomtel and Aero2 have chosen Ericsson to supply WCDMA and LTE infrastructure in northern and western Poland. The project includes design, deployment, integration and support for the upgraded mobile broadband network for a period of three years, followed by an automatic extension for an indefinite period. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson has been a partner of Polkomtel's since 2002, providing and implementing GSM and WCDMA networks, as well as microwave transmission, IP and packet core solutions.

Procera Appoints VP of Global Support

Procera Networks appointed Trevis Schuh as vice president of Global Support and Quality. Most recently he was the vice president of Worldwide Support and Services at Meru Networks and, before that, he was vice president of Worldwide Customer Service for Trapeze Networks.  He also held management roles at Spectralink, Global Crossing and Frontier Communications.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Colt Acquires ThinkGrid for Cloud Hosting Tools

Colt Technology Services has acquired ThinkGrid, a start-up offering tools for enabling cloud services with turnkey management, for an undisclosed sum.

ThinkGrid's three key component offering consists of a state of the art self-service and billing platform, productized cloud services (including Hosted Virtual Desktop, Virtual Server, Unified Communications, Hosted Email) and an enablement and go-to-market program to help partners achieve success.

The tools will allow Colt's channel partners to become cloud providers in their own right.

Colt said the acquisition increases its strength in cloud-based services for the indirect channel and adds approximately 200 resellers and ISV's to its partner community in the UK. ThinkGrid's training programme to facilitate the development of resellers' cloud capabilities will be rolled out to Colt's indirect sales team and channel partners.

"The SME market for managed services is set to grow at 15% annually during the coming years. Colt is well positioned to penetrate this market through our indirect channels. The acquisition of ThinkGrid further strengthens our position with the addition of a complementary range of cloud-based services. We also gain a reseller-oriented management platform and portal which will reduce our time to market across our European markets. This acquisition allows us to extend our channel community to include skilled managed services resellers who will help us to accelerate our growth," stated Fran├žois Eloy, Executive Vice President at Colt.

"Becoming part of Colt Technology Services supports ThinkGrid's vision to become the world's leading cloud services enablement platform, offering great product and market development opportunities. ThinkGrid will gain access to Colt's 20 state-of-the-art data centre facilities, extended research and development and support resources as well as an opportunity to expand into 22 European countries," said Rob Lovell, CEO of ThinkGrid.

Level 3 and Time Warner Cable Sign Network Expansion Contract

Communications announced a multi-year agreement to expand Time Warner Cable's national network. The deal, which builds upon an existing relationship between the companies, also includes the delivery of additional core infrastructure services that will enhance the redundancy and reliability of the Time Warner Cable network.

Level 3 and Time Warner Cable also have agreed on terms and conditions under which they will exchange IP traffic between their respective backbone networks.

"The strength of our Network is at the center of all the services we provide our more than 15 million customers and we continue to expand the reach and capacity, as well as improve the reliability of that network to best serve our customers today and in the future," said Mike LaJoie, executive vice president and CTO for Time Warner Cable. "Through these agreements, Level 3 continues to be a valuable partner in the growth of our Network's capacity and strength."

Google Cuts Staff at Motorola Mobility

Google will cut headcount at Motorola Mobility, its newly acquired subsidiary, by approximately 4,000 out of a total of about 20,000 employees. Two-thirds of the job cuts will occur outside of the U.S. The layoffs are expected to hit about 700 employees in the Chicago area.

In addition, Motorola Mobility plans to close or consolidate about one-third of its 90 facilities, as well as simplify its mobile product portfolio-shifting the emphasis away from feature phones.
  • In July 2012, 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.