Friday, October 5, 2012

FCC Warns on Illegal Signal Jammer Offered on

The FCC published an official citation against an individual for advertising an illegal signal jamming device on in violation of Section 302(b) of the Communications Act and FCC rules.  

The FCC states that jamming devices, such as cell phone jammers and GPS blockers, "pose serious risks to critical public safety communications and can prevent individuals from making 9-1-1 and other emergency calls."  Advertise jamming devices for sale to any consumer in the United States through Craigslist or through any other means is also illegal.

Oclaro Cuts Guidance Citing Challenging Conditions and Slower 40/100G Take-up

Oclaro trimmed its financial guidance citing dontinued challenging market conditions in the segments of the optical communications space.  The company now expects revenue of approximately $149 million in its first fiscal quarter ending September 29, 2012, compared to the low end of its guidance of $154 million, previously issued on July 31, 2012

Oclaro also cited slower than expected recovery of customer share of certain products to pre-flood levels, including certain data communications products; and slower than expected ramp of new products, in particular certain customer-qualified new 40G and 100G products.

"We are disappointed that the revenues for the first quarter of our 2013 fiscal year are below guidance," said Alain Couder, Chairman and CEO of Oclaro. "Following the merger, our integration activities are on track to execute our synergies, and our customer relationships are strong. We expect these factors to strengthen our future performance and expect revenues to be up in the December quarter."

  • Oclaro and Opnext completed their merger on July 23, 2012, creating a leader in key components for core optical networking for long-haul, regional and metro DWDM, and positioned to become a leader in data communications for enterprises and data centers, as well as industrial and consumer laser diodes market.
  • Oclaro was formed in 2009 through the merger of Bookham and Avanex Corporation, both suppliers of optical networking components. Its product set includes tunable lasers, modulators, dispersion compensation components, wavelength selective switches, modules and sub-systems. In mid-2009, the company acquired the Newport Spectra Physics high power laser diodes business. 
  • Opnext was established in September 2000 from the spinoff of Hitachi's Fiber Optic Components Business Unit. The new company was funded by the Clarity Group and Marubeni Group. The Opnext product line includes transceivers, pluggable modules (XENPAK, X2/XPAK, XFP, SFP+, SFP), TOSA/ROSA, and communications laser diodes and photodiodes; 40G muxponders, transponders, regenerators, tunable dispersion compensators, PMD compensators, and shelf controllers; and red laser diodes and infrared laser diodes.
  • Financially, the merger is expected to have a positive impact on gross margins and on operating margin. Both companies have been moving to an outsourcing model. Oclaro recently signed a definitive agreement to transition its internal assembly and test to Venture in Malaysia. On a non-flood basis, about 30% to 35% of Oclaro’s, and about 40% to 45% of Opnext’s assembly and test are with Fabrinet.

WSJ: Huawei Mulls I.P.O.

Huawei is considering the possibility of an initial public offering of shares, maybe even in the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal.  The article cites discussion with investment bank, but said no decision has been taken.

RainStor Raises $12 Million for Big Data Compression

RainStor, a start-up based in San Francisco and Gloucester (UK) raised $12 million in Series C funding for its  database solutions for Big Data.

RainStor provides a database, which through compression technologies enables the enterprise to manage and analyze petabyte scale data sets. RainStor uniquely provides analytic and query access via standard SQL, popular BI tools and native MapReduce when running on HDFS.

The new funding came from Credit Suisse and Rogers Venture Partners. Existing investors Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, Storm Ventures and The Dow Chemical Company also participated in the round.

tw telecom Delivers Ethernet and 10G Wavelength

tw telecom won two contracts valued at up to $11.67 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for secure Internet connectivity and wavelength services in support of the Trusted Internet Connectivity (TIC) strategic initiative.

tw telecom will deliver Ethernet Internet Services and 10 Gig wavelength services for mission critical medical and health-related data connectivity to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Indian Health Services (IHS) in Washington D.C., Atlanta and Albuquerque.

Digital Realty Opens Another Data Centre in London

Digital Realty has opened its new Digital Chessington data centre in South West London.
The Tier III facility now offers two 1,440 KW "Turn-Key Flex" data halls to lease, with three additional facilities currently in development that will bring the total capacity at the site to 7,200 KW.

The facility ensures robust power supplies from a dedicated 18MVA electricity sub-station based on-site.  Digital Realty also noted the facility provides built-in air conditioning infrastructure that can natively support both enclosed hot- or cold-aisle cooling with outside-air free-cooling.

Digital Realty said 33% of the first hall was pre-leased, indicating a healthy market demand.

  • Earlier this year, Digital Realty Trust announced plans to acquire three data centres in London from Sentrum for US$1.1 billion. The three data centres comprise approximately 70,700 m² of gross space.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

MegaPath's National Ethernet over Copper Rollout Reaches 693 COs

 MegaPath, the new local exchange carrier formed through the merger of Speakeasy, Covad Communications and the original MegaPath, has expanded its  Ethernet over Copper (EoC) network to the top 50 markets across the U.S.  Most recently, the company added availability in the Las Vegas, Nev.; Richmond, Va; San Antonio, Texas; Hartford, Conn; and Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla. markets.

MegaPath now offers EoC service through 693 Central Offices around the country, giving it the largest such network. EoC enables MegaPath to deliver symmetrical speeds up to 45 Mbps.

HP Integrates SDN Controller, Switches, Apps

HP introduced several innovations for delivering end-to-end software defined networking (SDN) with its Virtual Application Networks strategy.  The new capabilities span infrastructure, control software and application layers with a “single control plane” to help enterprises and cloud providers to simplify and maximize agility across data center, campus and branch networks.  HP is supporting Open Networking Foundation (ONF) standards.

Some highlights:

A new HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller abstracts the physical hardware from the logical deployment, providing a centralized view and automating network configuration of all devices in the infrastructure. 

HP is adding OpenFlow-enabled support to nine additional switch models, offering clients a flexible and programmable standards-based interface. This includes the new HP 3800 switch series.

At the application layer,  HP is introducing Virtual Cloud Networks software that enables cloud providers to deliver automated and scalable public cloud services to enterprises. The software helps enterprises to create an isolated virtual cloud network environment through a self-service public cloud infrastructure, providing them complete control for introducing new services and applications to their users.

Also at the application layer, HP is introducing a Sentinel Security software application that  automates network access control and intrusion prevention security for enterprise campus networks with existing OpenFlow-enabled switch hardware through HP’s controller.

“In the cloud era, clients need a single point of control for the entire network, which enables them to deploy any application or service directly to the user within minutes,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP.  “Only HP provides clients with a complete software-defined network solution that automates manual configuration tasks across hardware, software and applications and from data center to desktop through a single control plane.”

  • Earlier this year, HP enabled OpenFlow across its FlexNetwork enterprise switches. The new capabilities are delivered as a free software upgrade across 16 switches, including the HP 3500, 5400 and 8200 series. 

InterXion Expands Data Centers in Amsterdam and Zurich

Citing continue demand from customers for more space, Interxion announced expansions of its data centres in Amsterdam and Zurich.

  • AMS 5.4 will add 1,000 square meters of equipped space and will add an additional 2 MW of available customer power.  The capital expenditures for this expansion are expected to total approximately EUR 12 million.  AMS 5.4 is scheduled to open by the end of Q4 2012.
  • ZUR 1.3 will add 600 square meters of equipped space and will access existing customer power.  The capital expenditures for this expansion are expected to total approximately EUR 4 million. ZUR 1.3 is scheduled to open by the end of Q4  2012.

Intel Atom Targets Network Attached Storage

Intel introduced its next-generation Intel Atom processor-based storage solution.

The Intel Atom processor D2550 and Intel Atom processor D2500 provide the power needed to deliver security, back-up and multimedia capabilities in networ-attached storage arrays for consumers and small businesses.

The first platforms based on this silicon are being introduced by Asustor, QNAP, and Thecus.

Spread Networks Cuts Chicago-New York Latency to 12.98 Milliseconds Roundtrip

Spread Networks  announced further performance improvements on its low-latency Chicago-to-NYC fiber route.

Spread's flagship Ultra Low Latency Chicago-New York Dark Fiber service is now operational at a roundtrip latency of 12.98 milliseconds roundtrip, a 100 microsecond improvement from Spread's previous 13.1 millisecond offering.  

Spread's Ultra Low Latency Chicago-New York Wavelength service promises operational round-trip latency between Chicago and New York below 14.1 milliseconds roundtrip when it becomes operational on October 12th.  Spread said these latency improvements to the ULL Wavelength service follow up immediately upon its recent deployment of 100G technology on the same ULL Wavelength service.

  • Spread's network, which is powered by ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform, supports a full-fill capacity of 80 wavelengths at 100Gbps, allowing up to 8 Tbps of data transfer per fiber pair. ADVA's 100G technology integrates into Spread's existing platform without service impact, even though Spread already achieves a high number deployment of in-service 10G wavelengths. 100G waves are coherent detected via transponder enablement with SD FEC (Soft Decision Forward Error Correction).

Facebook hits 1 Billion

Facebook reached 1billion monthly active users on September 14.  The company 600 million users actively accessing its site via mobiles.

The top five countries (alphabetical order) are Brazil,India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. The median age of new users is 22.

Over 219 billion photos have been uploaded since launch, excluding deleted photos.

Cisco Names Two Presidents

Cisco announced two key executive appointments:  Gary B. Moore has been named President and Chief Operating Officer, and Rob Lloyd has been named President, Development and Sales.
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Moore is accountable for Cisco's end-to-end operations, and will continue to drive alignment across all parts of the company by leading the operational discipline and prioritization required to support the company's long-term strategy.  Moore has architected Cisco's transformation, and will deepen the company's focus on operational excellence while building the business capabilities and talent to enable Cisco's future growth. He is also responsible for Cisco's operations, services, IT, supply chain, marketing and communications, human resources, corporate affairs, transformation office, legal, government affairs, and corporate planning functions. Moore joined Cisco in 2001 from network consulting company Netigy, where he was CEO. Previously he had a 26-year career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS)

Loyd assumes responsibility for Cisco's development and sales efforts, as the company creates tighter connections between customer requirements and innovation, along with ensuring greater speed-to-market. Lloyd's organization will drive alignment and acceleration of Cisco's technology innovation to enable a faster response to market transitions; increased customer relevance; and growth. He previously was  Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Senior Vice President, U.S., Canada and JapanLloyd joined Cisco in 1994 as General Manager of Cisco's Canadian subsidiary.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Via Licensing Builds LTE Patent Pool with Major Players

Via Licensing announced an LTE patent pool that includes the contributions of some major players:  AT&T, Clearwire Corporation, DTVG Licensing, HP, KDDI Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telef√≥nica, and ZTE Corporation.
The patent pool aims to accelerate innovation by providing efficient, transparent, and cost-effective access to LTE standard essential patents.  Participation in the LTE licensing program is open to all owners of LTE essential patents. Any party that believes they hold a patent essential to the LTE standard is encouraged to submit the patent for evaluation and, once qualified, to participate in this valuable offering.

“We are delighted to have been able to participate in a truly collaborative effort from a broad spectrum of industry players to provide one-stop shop access to LTE standard essential patents that the pool provides,” said Dr. Toru Otsu, Managing Director of Intellectual Property at NTT DOCOMO. “We feel confident that the pool will play a huge role in accelerating growth of the LTE ecosystem by meeting both the needs of licensors and licensees.”

Integra Telecom Powers Hosted Voice Service with Metaswitch

Integra Telecom has selected Metaswitch Networks as the infrastructure and application partner powering its new Hosted Voice Service.  Integra is also using Metaswitch for its SIP-based services.
The new Hosted Voice Service provides a fully managed and feature-rich integrated voice, data and equipment solution for business customers of all sizes. 
Integra owns and operates an enterprise-class network consisting of a 5,000-mile long-haul fiber-optic network, 3,000–miles of metropolitan fiber and a nationwide IP/MPLS network across the western U.S.  Its fiber network connects directly to more than 2,000 enterprise buildings and data centers.

XO's Coast-to-Coast 100G Links Equinix Data Centers

XO Communications is deploying nodes of its new, national 100G optical backbone in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers across the United States.

XO Communications and its partners, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ciena, deployed the 100G service inside Equinix, leveraging Equinix’s Solution Validation Center.

The 100G connection already links Equinix data centers in Silicon Valley and Washington DC.

XO said 100G availability from Equinix’s data centers provides customers with:

  • High-capacity access to public, hybrid, private cloud providers
  • The ability to optimize their network for increased performance and lower latency
  • High-speed content distribution to improve end user experience
  • Access to Carrier Business Ethernet services across metros and regions

Thinking Phone Raises $16.5 Million for Cloud Services

Thinking Phone Networks, a start-up based in Cambridge. Mass., raised $16.5 million in venture funding for its enterprise cloud communication services.

Thinking Phone Networks developed a multi-tenant cloud software platform that fosters ready integration of third-party off-the-shelf and “home grown” business applications such as CRM and ERP. In addition, the platform addresses the multi-faceted needs of service providers, PBX vendors, and channel partners seeking to easily deploy and scale differentiated cloud UC services. 

Thinking Phone Networks provides extensive back office service deployment, management, and billing tools that speed time-to-market and time-to-revenue.

The new funding was led by Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV) and Bessemer Venture Partners.

MetroPCS + T-Mobile USA Looks to Accelerated LTE Rollout

MetroPCS agreed to merge with T-Mobile USA (a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom) in a deal that creates a much strengthened No.4 mobile operator in the U.S. market with deeper network coverage and the need for an accelerated path to one common LTE network.

 Despite operating incompatible legacy networks (CDMA and GSM), the companies said rapid handset turnover (60% - 65% per year) will make for a relatively quick migration of MetroPCS customers to LTE.   MetroPCS customers will also benefit from T-Mobile's much more extensive network.

The basis for the merger will be to re-farm MetroPCS spectrum to create capacity services.  Specifically, the spectrum migration plan for the merged company will be:

  1. GSM will become the merged company's “universal” technology for roaming, M2M and legacy device
  2. MetroPCS PCS spectrum will be migrated to HSPA+
  3. T-Mobile AWS will be repurposed from HSPA+ to LTE over time
  4. Available MetroPCS AWS spectrum will be migrated to LTE
  5. AWS will become NewCo's primary LTE band across Americas

Some other key points of the deal:
  • The merged company will use the T-Mobile name and brand.  It will be traded on the NYSE.
  • The combined company is projected to have 2012 Pro Forma Revenue of $24.8 billion
  • The combined company will have 42.5 million subscribers

  • The annual CAPEX budget for the combined company would be approximately $4.2 billion at current level
  • Deutsche Telekom will receive a 74% stake
  • MetroPCS Shareholders will receive $1.5 billion in cash and 26% ownership in the combined company
  • The new company will continue to position itself as "the best value in wireless" in the U.S. market
  • The combined company will have ~70,000 total points of distribution, including 50,000 retailers
  • The cost synergies are projected $6 - $7 billion over 5 years, including both CAPEX and OPEX on network infrastructure
  • The company’s headquarters will be in Bellevue, Washington and it will retain a significant presence in Dallas, Texas.

“The combination with MetroPCS is another logical and significant step that will accelerate our Challenger Strategy and enable us to deliver amazing, affordable and trusted 4G services, while providing opportunities to expand geographic territories and serve more customers. Our enhanced spectrum position will be the foundation for a faster and more reliable network, and will allow us to deploy a deeper and more robust LTE rollout, particularly in major metropolitan areas. We will be a stronger, value-focused competitor, providing customers with offerings such as our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data and ‘bring your own device’ plans," stated John Legere, President and Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile.

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