Thursday, November 1, 2012

Equinix Posts Q3 Revenue of $489 Million


Equinix reported revenues from continuing operations of $488.7 million for the third quarter, a 7% increase over the previous quarter and a 20% increase over the same quarter last year.  This result included $16.1 million in revenues from the Company’s Asia Tone and ancotel acquisitions for the quarter and excluded $8.8 million of revenues from discontinued operations.  Recurring revenues, consisting primarily of colocation, interconnection and managed services were $462.8 million for the third quarter, a 7% increase over the previous quarter and a 19% increase over the same quarter last year.  Non-recurring revenues were $25.9 million in the quarter.   
Net income attributable to Equinix for the third quarter was $28.8 million.  This represents a basic net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.60 and a diluted net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.58 based on a weighted average share count of 48.4 million and 52.7 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2012.  
“We delivered solid financial results in the third quarter, driven by continued demand for our services across all three regions,” said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Equinix. “We are executing with discipline and remain focused on profitable growth.  We believe the value of our global interconnection platform and further development of our business ecosystems will underpin our competitive position in support of our long-term opportunity.” 

Softbank Completes First CSFB Between LTE TDD and UMTS with Huawei


SOFTBANK Japan has completed the first circuit switch fall back (CSFB) voice call between a LTE TDD compatible network and a UMTS network using Huawei's solutions for commercial LTE TDD.

The CSFB voice call was made through Huawei's STREAM 201HW smartphone.  To complete the call, the AXGP (Advanced eXtended Global Platform) network was connected with the UMTS network of SOFTBANK MOBILE. AXGP is a network compatible with the LTE TDD of Wireless City Planning Inc., a SoftBank Group company.  Huawei's STREAM 201HW smartphone, which is currently available through SOFTBANK MOBILE in Japan, uses a customized Qualcomm chip supporting both LTE TDD (AXGP) and UMTS.

Mr. Deng Taihua, Huawei President for LTE TDD/WiMAX/TDS Networks, said: "Huawei is honored to provide SOFTBANK MOBILE with this CSFB solution. Interoperation between GSM/UMTS/LTE networks is always a concern for operators. During trials in India August last year, Huawei completed the world's first multiple live handover scenarios across GSM/UMTS/LTE. We are committed to commercializing LTE TDD key solutions for our customers."

http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/newsroom/press-release/hw-195764-csfblte.htm

NetScout Acquires ONPATH for Network Monitoring at 10/40/100G

NetScout Systems has acquired privately held ONPATH Technologies, a supplier of calable connectivity and monitoring solutions for an undisclosed sum.

ONPATH, which is based in Marlton, New Jersey, offers a Universal Connectivity System and HorizON Software platform that automates and secures data center and test infrastructure.  The tools help network managers to conserve time, increase utilization, and save money compared to manual patching, static TAPs, SPAN ports, or complex mesh switching architectures. ONPATH claims over one million installed ports throughout Fortune 1,000 and Government customers.

NetScout said the acquisition of ONPATH is a strategic move that expands its position in the network monitoring switch market. NetScout said it will leverage ONPATH’s next generation technology to deliver an extensible modular chassis-based switching product portfolio supporting more than 500 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) per chassis along with market-leading densities for 40 GbE, and future support for 100 GbE interfaces.

“As enterprise and service provider organizations continue to face the challenges of monitoring large, distributed and high volume IP network environments, they need greater density and flexibility to scale their access to packet-flow intelligence,” said Anil Singhal, president and CEO, NetScout.  “Our acquisition of ONPATH significantly extends NetScout’s network monitoring switch position and will enable us to establish ourselves as the technology leader in this segment. We intend to quickly integrate this technology into our packet flow switch product offering to deliver a comprehensive, ultra low latency switch portfolio with industry-leading performance and port densities that will be easier to integrate and simpler to manage. This will enable enterprise and service provider organizations to address a diverse range of deployment requirements to improve the efficiency, control and distribution of valuable network traffic flows and reduce the overall total cost of ownership for network-based monitoring deployments.”

NetScout acquired Simena in November 2011 for its low-latency IP packet flow-based network monitoring switching technology.

http://www.netscout.com
http://live.onpathtech.com

AT&T Offers 5GB of Consumer Cloud Storage

AT&T introduced a free, consumer cloud service that lets users upload images and video to secure online storage and quickly share on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or e-mail.

AT&T Locker is offering 5 GB of storage for free – enough for up to 5,000 average sized photos, along with apps for iPhone and Android.  Users can choose to upload new photos and video via Wi-Fi, wireless or both.

"Customers use smartphones to capture special moments in their lives.  That's why we designed AT&T Locker to help you store those memories," said Mark Collins, senior vice president, Data and Voice Products, AT&T Mobility. "With Easy Upload, every photo and video is uploaded directly to AT&T's cloud, which can be accessed safely and securely anytime from a customer's smartphone or the Web."

http://www.att.com/locker


OIF Approves Security IAs and Elects Leaders


The Optical Internetworking Forum approved three security implementation agreements (IAs) and elected several new directors and committee chairs. 

The newly approved IAs include:

Security for Management Interfaces to Network Elements 2.0
Network elements have OAM&P interfaces used for network management, billing andaccounting, configuration, error logging, maintenance and other administrative activities unprotected. This IA defines improved mechanisms for securing and protecting OAM&P interfaces to a network element. 

Security Extension for UNI and E-NNI 2.1
This IA defines and updates common Security Extensions for securing the protocols used in the OIF’s UNI and E-NNI which calls for a complete, unified and simplified approach to security.

OIF Control Plane Logging and Auditing with Syslog Version 1.1
This IA addresses updates for controlling and securing the generation, transport and storage of log data to enable an auditing capability for the OIF’s UNI and E-NNI.

Newly elected to the board of directors are John McDonough of NEC, who will serve a one-year term as vice president of marketing, and David Stauffer of IBM and Hans-Martin Foisel of Deutsche Telekom who will each serve a two-year term as a board member.  

Also newly elected is Joe Whitehouse of Metaswitch Networks, who will serve a one-year term as the Market Awareness& Education co-chair, Networking.

Re-elected to the OIF board of directors are the following;

Ghani Abbas of Ericsson, who will serve a two-year term, was appointed Secretary/Treasurer, and Vishnu Shukla of Verizon, who will extend his term as vice president for one-year.

Re-elected as OIF officers and committee chairs are the following;
Jonathan Sadler of Tellabs as Technical Committee chair, 
Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity as Technical Committee vice-chair, 
Rod Smith of TE Connectivity as Market Awareness & Education co-chair, PLL, and 
Torsten Wuth of Nokia Siemens Networks as the Physical Layer User Group chair.

XO Expects Recovery from Sandy to Take a Week

XO Communications reported on Thursday morning (November 1) that full restoration of network services post Hurricane Sandy should be complete within a week due to ongoing commercial power issues.  In a damage report, the company noted the following activity:



  • 111 8th Avenue, New York – Power has been restored via generator and all systems are operational. Fuel is being delivered twice daily and it is estimated that commercial power will be restored in 3-4 days. XO continues to monitor fuel and generator levels at this site.  On Thursday, the air conditioning system was turned off due to a fuel pumping problem.  Temperatures inside the data center quickly exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.78 C ).  Cooling infrastructure  was restored at around 7pm EST. ConEdison is estimating 3-4 days before full power is restored to the building.
  • 75 N Broad Street, New York – Although this Central Office (“CO”) was impacted by significant flooding it is now operational, running on generator power. XO continues to monitor fuel and generator levels at this site.
  • 60 Hudson, New York & 165 Halsey, New Jersey – These XO sites and all other XO sites in New York City, except as described above, are operating and are fully accessible; all power via generator has been restored in these sites. XO continues to monitor fuel and generator levels at this site. It is estimated that commercial power will be restored in 3-4 days.
  • 974 Marcon (Philadelphia) – Running on generator power. All equipment at the site is operational. XO continues to monitor fuel and generator levels at this site. ETR for commercial power is Sunday.
  • Philadelphia, PA Fiber Event – XO has determined that there is a fiber cut in the Philadelphia area that is impacting customers. XO dispatched a crew and has determined the area of the cut. XO is waiting on commercial power to be restored prior to repairing damaged fiber. Unfortunately the fiber cut is in a rural area and commercial power may be a lower priority for the power company than other areas.
  • Cleveland, OH – Recently declared at State of Emergency because of the extent of storm damage. XO will continue to focus on restoration efforts in this area as determined by State of Emergency conditions

  • http://www.xo.com/information/Pages/Hurricane-Sandy.aspx

    China Unicom Awards B-RAS contract to ZTE

    China Unicom  has selected ZTE’s ZXR10 M6000 equipment for new network construction across 15 provinces, including Liaoning, Shandong, Hebei, Tianjin, Shanxi, Henan, Guangdong and Zhejiang. ZTE has won about 45% share in this part of the project. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    http://www.zte.com.cn

    Fujitsu Extends MEF Carrier Ethernet in FLASHWAVE 9500

    Fujitsu announced support for MEF CE 2.0-compliant E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access services on its flagship FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP),  positioning the platform for unified CE 2.0 Ethernet service deliveryover any type of access network. The FLASHWAVE 9500 is widely deployed by major North American carriers.

    The FLASHWAVE 9500  integrates Connectionless Ethernet (CLE) capabilities with current Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE), ROADM, DWDM and SONET/SDH technologies.  Fujitsu said its key advantage for Communications Service Providers is enabling legacy traffic to be transported with newer, packet-centric communications over the same network infrastructure. Fujitsu’s customers can realize new revenue generation opportunities of MEF E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access services by leveraging the products’ unique capability to deliver these services over their existing SONET/SDH, T1/T3, copper local loop and fiber infrastructure.  Service providers can deliver wholesale MEF E-Access services on the same infrastructure as their retail MEF Ethernet services.

    “The FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP has integrated the many transport technologies deployed in our customers’ networks into one software re-configurable MEF-centric services delivery platform” said James Anthony, Principal Solutions Architect, Packet Optical Networking, Fujitsu Network Communications.  “This unified networking solution is packaged in a single system with a single Element Management System that can provision new Ethernet services in as little as a minute.  With the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP customers can count on flexibility, reliability and scalability that keep the platform’s total cost of ownership well below the revenue curve.”

    http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/telecom/technologies/packet-optical-networking.html

    WSJ: Outages Expose Wireless Carriers' Backup Plans

    Many people are struggling to get wireless signals in Manhattan three days after the hurricane, according to The Wall Street Journal, in part because cell sites lack sufficient backup generator power for an extended electrical outage and part because of damage to the backhaul network.  On Thursday, the FCC estimated that 19% of cell sites in effected areas still face outages.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203707604578093220126444306.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    MetroPCS Goes Live with First Rich Communications over LTE


    MetroPCS Communications announced the commercial launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) on its 4GLTE network under the  GSMA-licensed joyn brand. 

    Based on the GSMA RCS 5.0 standard, joyn by MetroPCS will deliver an experience beyond voice and basic messaging to provide customers with a unified and intuitive way to use enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling and simplified content sharing.

    MetroPCS will support the following RCS services at launch for customers with 4GLTE joyn-enabled smartphones:
    • Contacts Presence - joyn knows and shows how users can reach and share content with contacts at any time
      • Contact availability/status sync (online, busy, away, unavailable)
      • Calendar sync
      • Social network interaction
    • Enriched Chat - Threaded conversations keep track of who's said what and show which people and groups are available to chat and share content
      • Instant messaging and group chat
      • Conversational view
      • Delivery of read notifications and composing indications
    • Content Sharing - Bring calls and chats to life by sharing content with just one click from the address book
      • Share video, images and files while on a call and within instant messaging or chat
      • Display service capabilities
      • Geo-location
    • WiFi and Video Calling - Stay connected with voice and video calls in areas with little or no cellular coverage
      • WiFi calling and video calls over WiFi

     "As the first 4G LTE carrier in the world to offer RCS, we are excited to join the global community of operators implementing the RCS standard and we are proud of our team and partners who were critical in building this capability that will evolve and expand over the next year," said Roger Linquist, CEO and Chairman of MetroPCS.

    "We believe RCS is a tremendous differentiator among prepaid and postpaid competitors alike and recognize that achieving interoperability across U.S. 4G LTE networks is the next key step to paving the way for more innovative services and capabilities in the future," added Linquist.

    joyn by MetroPCS will be available beginning today on the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G. 


    In August, MetroPCS officially launched its commercial Voice-over-LTE service. The first sale of a VoLTE-capable handset occurred at one of the company's Dallas/Fort Worth store locations.

    Its first VoLTE-capable LG Connect 4G Android smartphone is now on sales at select stores across the U.S.. MetroPCS said it will continue to roll out VoLTE services and phones in the coming weeks.

    MetroPCS had 9.3 million overall mobile subscribers as of the end of Q2, of which over 700,000 were LTE subscriptions.

    With the new VoLTE, voice calls are carried transparently over LTE regardless of the handset or network used on the other end of the call.

    "The initial move to LTE and this move to VoLTE allow us to achieve significant spectral efficiencies and will increase network capacity so that we can enhance the 4G LTE experience that our customers have today at a tremendous value. VoLTE also provides a foundational capability for future Rich Communication Services (RCS), which we plan to launch later this year," stated Roger Linquist, chairman and chief executive officer of MetroPCS.

    MetroPCS noted that it was the first U.S. carrier to deploy a commercial 4G LTE network in September 2010. So far, the LTE network rollout covers roughly 90 percent of its CDMA footprint. 

    AT&T and T-Mobile Enable Open Roaming in Sandy's Wake


    AT&T and T-Mobile agreed to enable roaming on their networks in areas impacted by Hurricane Sanday and where capacity is available and subscribers have a compatible device.  Both networks use GSM and UMTS.

    Customers will be able to place calls in a normal fashion and the traffic will be carried by the most available network.   There will no change necessary for rate plans.


    AT&T also noted that it has many disaster response teams engaged and making progress in restoring wireless and wireline services in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.  The vast majority of the company's cell sites in the Northeast are online and working. 

    T-Mobile USA said its network in New York City is more than 80% operational and that restoration work continues in the harder hit areas of lower Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island, coastal and Northern New Jersey, Connecticut and portions of Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia.

    http://www.att.com
    http://www.tmobile.com

    Infinera's DTN-X Selected for Mediterranean Subsea Network



    Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) has deployed Infinera’s DTN-X platform across the TE-North Cable System, interconnecting Asia and Africa to Europe.  Cyta operates and maintains the ALEXANDROS subsystem, part of Telecom Egypt’s TE-North Cable System which stretches 3,600 kilometers connecting Abu Talat, Egypt, to Marseilles, France, with a branch to Pentaskhinos, Cyprus.

    Infinera’s DTN-X platform allows Cyta to add additional capacity to the ALEXANDROS subsystem, with the ability to upgrade TE North’s terrestrial network in the future.

    Infinera’s DTN-X platform supports 500 Gbps long-haul FlexCoherent super-channels integrated with 5 Terabits per second (Tbps) of Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching per bay.  Infinera also supports multiple software-programmable modulation formats for optimization of the network. Integrated OTN switching is coupled with a GMPLS control plane to deliver wavelength flexibility.

    “We are delighted to work with Infinera to deploy the DTN-X platform on this critical international telecommunications route,” said Yiannis Koulias, Cyta’s Director of National & International Wholesale Market. “We are confident the Infinera DTN-X delivers the most advanced optical transport platform based on 500 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits. The FlexCoherent technology will allow us to optimize transmission performance across our existing subsea fiber plant and meet the demands of our customers quickly and efficiently.”


    Infinera is the first to deliver 500 Gb/s long-haul super-channels based on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) and FlexCoherent™ Processor, scaling transport capacity without scaling operational complexity.  Infinera’s PICs combine multiple optical subsystems on a single IC and result in fewer fiber connections, less space, and less power when compared to conventional systems based upon discrete components. The Infinera DTN-X increases network efficiency with 5 Terabits of integrated OTN switching per bay, resulting in much more efficient utilization when compared to conventional WDM architectures that do not allow sub-lambda grooming and switching. Infinera’s Bandwidth Virtualization™ simplifies service deployment, enabling operators to deploy networks in days and services in minutes, thereby lowering operational costs.

    http://www.infinera.com
    http://www.cytaglobal.com

    Verizon Wireless: 6% of Cell Sites Offline in Northeast

    As of Wednesday afternoon, Verizon Wireless reported that more than 94% of it cell towers in the Northeastern United States (from Maine to Virginia) were operational and supporting customers.   The company said it has seen some improvement to wireless service in lower Manhattan and elsewhere in the NYC metro area over the past 24 hours as power is being restored.

    A number of cell sites are still on backup power and the company is working to refuel these locations as expeditiously as possible.

    http://news.verizonwireless.com/news/2012/10/pr2012-10-31a.html

    IPtronics Files Complaint Against Avago for 40/100G Modules


    IPtronics has filed legal suit against Avago Technologies in the U.S. District Court in San Jose for allegedly violating commitments made to standards setting organizations and failing to protect IPtronics’ confidential information.

    IPtronics claims that Avago ignored legally binding commitments to standards setting organizations to disclose patented technology and to make that technology available for licensing.

    The claims concern short-range, 40G and 100G multimode VCSEL-based fiber optical modules.

    http://www.iptronics.com

    PacketFront Acquired by Fiber Access AB

    PacketFront Network Products AB has been acquired by Fiber Access Holding AB for an undisclosed sum.

    PacketFront is a supplier of broadband access equipment for network operators. The company has shipped more than 1.2 million access connections since its founding in 2001.

    The main owners of Fiber Access Holding AB is the investment group ShortCap, which focuses on entrepreneurial companies with strong potential for growth.

    http://www.packetfront.com


    Big Switch Raises $25 Million for Open SDN


    Big Switch Networks raised $25 million in Series B funding for its platform-independent Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution.

    Big Switch Networks, which was founded in March 2010 and is based in Palo Alto, California, leverages open APIs to enable customers to deploy dynamic and flexible networking applications, including data center network virtualization. The company is building an ecosystem of physical and virtual switching partners for its Open SDN architecture.

    The new funding was led by Redpoint Ventures and joined by Goldman Sachs, and existing investors Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and others. The company has now raised $39 million to date.

    “Big Switch is delivering on the vision of software-defined networking (SDN) with an open and standards-based platform that enables network programmability, flexibility and new levels of network service delivery. We started this revolutionary trend away from closed and proprietary systems, and are gratified that every major physical and virtual infrastructure vendor is now participating,” said Guido Appenzeller, CEO and co-founder of Big Switch Networks. 

    http://www.bigswitch.com




    Ixia Validates LTE Base Station Performance

    Ixia introduced its XAir solution for validating LTE base station performance in terms of realistic subscriber and service modeling, scalability, and QoE measurements.

    Ixia said its new XAir provides realistic subscriber modeling, supporting web, voice and video applications, all LTE mobility types, and modeling of radio characteristics — cell edge, cell center and user movements.  It supports more than 1,000 emulated user equipment’s per sector and more than 6,000 per chassis.

    Carriers can also use XAir carriers to optimize voice quality, including voice over LTE (VoLTE) and video quality by stressing the infrastructure with real-world traffic and measuring QoE.

    Other features include:

    •        End-to-end LTE network testing from the LTE base station, through the mobile backhaul and core networks, all the way to the data center.
    •        QoE analysis and scoring of each traffic stream.
    •        Mobility over multiple sectors.
    •        Built-in high-accuracy 10 MHz clock for eNB synchronization.
    •        Fully compatible with the Ixia XM and XG chassis and load modules for seamless testing with other Ixia hardware and test applications.

    http://www.ixiacom.com
    http://www.ixiacom.com/pdfs/datasheets/xair-module.pdf

    Extreme Posts Revenue of $76 Million, Down 13% Sequentially


    Extreme Networks reported revenue of $76.1 million for its first quarter of fiscal 2013 ending September 30, 2012, a 3.5% decrease compared to revenue of $78.9 million reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 and a 13.1% decrease compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. GAAP net income for the first quarter was $12.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, an increase year-over-year compared to GAAP net income of $1.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2012.


    "Q1 results were in-line with our targets and we are encouraged by customer and partner response related to our strategy and products released earlier in the calendar year," stated Oscar Rodriguez, President and CEO of Extreme Networks.  "Our goal is to grow revenues while continually refining our cost structure and enhancing our selling efforts to deliver superior products that we believe provide both a technology and cost advantage for both new and existing customers."

    Nasuni Raises $20 Million for Enterprise Cloud Gateway

    Nasuni, a start-up based in Natick, Mass., raised  $20 million in Series C funding for its enterprise cloud gateway. Nasuni provides a consolidated storage-as-a-service solution for distributed enterprises.  The solution brings all primary storage (i.e. file and block) together with built-in backup, replication, and offsite protection using an on-site appliance connected to the cloud.

    The funding came from a new key investor,.Previous investors Flybridge Capital Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners also participated in the financing.

    http://www.nasuni.com


    • Nasuni is headed by Andres Rodriguez, who previously was founder and CTO of Archivas, which developed an enterprise-class cloud storage system and was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems in 2006. Earlier, he was CTO of the New York Times, where he drove digital strategy at NYTimes and Boston.com.


    MIT Tech Review: Breakthrough in Power Amplifiers

    Eta Devices, a start-up company led by two MIT electrical engineering professors, has cracked the energy efficiency problem in power amplifier designs for radio communications.  According to MIT Technology Review website, the technology promises to reduce power usage in LTE base stations by half.  The company has the backing of Strata Venture Partners.

    http://www.technologyreview.com/news/506491/efficiency-breakthrough-promises-smartphones-that-use-half-the-power/