Monday, January 7, 2013

Quantenna Shows Dual-band 4x4 MIMO Wi-Fi

Quantenna Communications is showcasing its first dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) 4x4 MIMO (four streams) silicon at this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Quantenna said its 4x4 MIMO Wi-Fi now delivers unmatched reliability and performance over Wi-Fi in both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The 4x4 MIMO chipset is capable of distributing multiple high-definition (HD) video streams to multiple TVs and displays anywhere in the home at full, 1080p resolution.

“Service providers’ Holy Grail of coverage, performance and quality for legacy devices is finally realized by Quantenna’s offering a dual-band, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi solution,” said Dr. Sam Heidari chief executive officer for Quantenna.

In addition, Quantenna Communications and STMicroelectronics introduced a Wi-Fi set-top box reference design platform for multi-room DVR (Digital Video Recorder) services.

http://www.quantenna.com/

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Huawei Outperforms Market in 2012

Huawei outperformed that market and its peers in 2012.  The company said sales revenue for 2012 is expected to exceed US$35 billion, with a net profit of about US$2.4 billion, a more than 10% increase year on year for both.

In a New Year's letter to customers, shareholders, employees and partners, Guo Ping, Huawei Rotating and Acting CEO, writes that this solid financial showing came despite the turbulent events of the year: the downward spiral in the global economy, an investigation into cyber security allegations by a particular committee of the U.S. Congress, political upheavals in the Middle East and Northern Africa, as well as natural disasters including floods and earthquakes.

Some highlights of the letter:


  • In 2012, the Carrier Network BG further consolidated its position in the industry.
  • Huawei has now deployed over 130 LTE and over 70 EPC commercial networks worldwide.
  • Huawei's Enterprise BG has launched a series of competitive products such as data center switches, storage products, and full-view telepresence systems. Huawei Device has established solid foundations in product design, quality, and costs. In addition, the smartphone business has made breakthroughs in scale in high-end markets such as Japan, the US, and Europe.
  • In 2013, Huawei will focus on establishing leading positions in Mobile Broadband (MBB), Fixed Broadband (FBB), and backbone network solutions.
  • Huawei will devote its energy to specific business objectives, and avoid the impulse to expand business blindly. Rapid growth will no longer be Huawei's priority as it
  • Huawei will look to simplify its internal management and delegate more authority to field offices.
  • In 2013, Huawei further vows to become more open and transparent.

http://www.huawei.com

Australia Sets Digital Dividend Spectrum Auction for April

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has set 16 April 2013 as the commencement date of its digital dividend spectrum auction.  The auction will offer licenses for the following spectrum:

  • 703–748 and 758–803 MHz (the 700 MHz band)
  • 2500–2570 and 2620–2690 MHz (the 2.5 GHz band).

For the 700 MHz band category, ACMA is auctioning nine generic lots, each consisting of 10 MHz in paired configuration (2×5 MHz), with a block of 5 MHz in the upper and lower parts of the band separated by 55 MHz, which includes a 10 MHz mid-band gap (748–758 MHz). The mid-band gap is not available in the auction.

The 700 MHz lots are intended for a single ‘national’ product with coverage across all of Australia, excluding the Mid-west Radio Quiet Zone (RQZ).

For the 2.5 GHz band category, ACMA is auctioning 14 generic lots, with each lot consisting of 10 MHz in paired configuration (2×5 MHz), with a block of 5 MHz in the upper and lower parts of the band separated by 120 MHz, which includes a 50 MHz mid-band gap (2570–2620 MHz). The mid-band gap is not available in the auction.  The 14 lots will cover 11 areas:

  • eight metropolitan areas—ACT, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
  • two regional areas—Regional East Australia, Regional Western Australia
  • one remote area—Remote Australia, which covers the rest of Australia, but excludes the Mid-west RQZ.

http://engage.acma.gov.au/digitaldividend/notice-for-the-digital-dividend-auction/

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Doubles Throughput to 10 Gbps

Supplemental specifications for a higher-rate, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 will double throughput performance of USB 3.0 to 10 Gbps.  The higher rate will be achieved using improved data encoding.  This will ensure compatibility with existing cables and connectors. Work on the 10 Gbps SuperSpeed USB update is targeted for industry review during Q1.


“With USB technology continuing to be the data and power delivery path of choice across personal computing and consumer electronics, we are always looking ahead to how to best improve user experience and connectivity performance,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman.

http://www.usb.org

SK Telecom Upgrades Optical Net to 100G with NSN


SK Telecom, the largest mobile operator in Korea, is upgrading its optical transmission backbone to 100G using DWDM equipment from Nokia Siemens Networks.

NSN is providing its hiT 7300 DWDM platform, enabling SK Telecom to scale the network to simultaneously transmit up to 80 wavelengths of light, each carrying data at 100G on a single optical fiber, giving a total capacity of up to 8 Tbps per fiber.

In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks provides its network management system, along with network planning, optimization and implementation as well as hardware and software maintenance care services for the project. Financial terms were not disclosed

“With increasing smartphone adoption in Korea, there is a surging demand for higher capacity networks. Operators such as SK Telecom need to expand their network capacity multifold, and they need to do so cost efficiently by optimizing the use of existing fiber,” said Tapani Sairanen, head of Asia and Middle East cluster, customer sales support, Optical Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks.

http://www.nsn.com 


  • On December 3, 2012, Nokia Siemens Networks and Marlin Equity Partners announced that they had reached an agreement for Nokia Siemens Networks to sell its Optical Networks business unit to Marlin Equity Partners. The announcement outlined that the deal would result in the unit being established as an independent company with the goal of becoming a leading provider in the optical market.


Google TV Offers Voice Search & Content from Amazon, France24, Dramafever

Google TV is getting a boost with a new Voice Search capability as well as new content partnerships including Amazon, France24, Dramafever. Voice Search provides access to both live TV and streaming options for a wide range of content.

In addition to the content partners, Google TV is expanding its own library of title inside of Google Play and YouTube. The company said it now has hundreds of TV-optimized apps and thousands of supported mobile apps available on Google TV.

Google now has nine equipment partners with Google TV capable set-top boxes or Smart TVs, including Asus, Hisense, LG, Sony, TCL, Vizio and others.

http://googletv.blogspot.com/2013/01/bringing-more-entertainment-to-your-tv.html

 

SkyCross Intros Active Tuning LTE Antenna Supporting Carrier Aggregation

SkyCross introduced its new VersiTune-LTE Antenna that features active tuning technology and support for carrier aggregation. SkyCross cited several key advances:
  • iMAT (Isolated Mode Antenna Technology) is a single antenna structure that acts like multiple antennas through the use of multiple feedpoints. Each feedpoint accesses the single antenna as if it were two or more independent antennas, which are highly isolated from each other.  This enables a multi-band, multi-protocol antenna module.
  • VersiTune delivers an advanced tunable antenna solution for multi-band 4G LTE devices in a single iMAT antenna structure.  This enables active tuning from frequency band to frequency band  so that many bands can be satisfied by a single structure. SkyCross said it now offers broader performance across 12 or more operating frequency bands, with optimized MIMO performance for 4G LTE in smart phones, tablets and USB modems in one-quarter the size of conventional antennas.
  • MatchTune enables a single antenna structure to uniquely fine tune within a given LTE frequency band, which both enhances performance for a given frequency or for multiple simultaneous frequencies when employing carrier aggregation. It also provides the core capability for effectively resolving head/hand effect
“Addressing antenna capabilities is critical for device designers and manufacturers to meet conflicting consumer demands of improved performance, similar or lower cost devices, and ever-shrinking form factors,” said Ben Naskar CEO and chairman of SkyCross. “To date, customers have been hesitant to integrate actively tuned antennas due to questions about market need versus performance and cost. With LTE and carrier aggregation coming upon us, the time has come to move to actively tuned solutions."


Qualcomm Atheros Demos StreamBoost-Enabled 802.11ac Routers

Qualcomm Atheros is demonstrating "StreamBoost" technology for Wi-Fi routers and gateways that manages bandwidth of a home broadband connection on an application basis.

The company's VIVE 802.11ac silicon provides up to 1.3 Gbps PHY rate of Wi-Fi capacity.  The new "StreamBoost" technology automatically manages and shapes traffic, giving each connected device and application the priority and bandwidth required for optimal performance.  Qualcomm StreamBoost also incorporates an opt-in, cloud-based service that continually increases the intelligence of the router, allowing new applications and devices to be identified and optimally managed as they are added to a network.
At this week's CES, Alienware and D-Link Systems, Inc. will be demonstrating StreamBoost routers based on Qualcomm VIVE™ 802.11ac technology for Gigabit-class Wi-Fi at International  Commercial availability is expected this spring.

"StreamBoost provides users with advanced control over their home networks to enable the first truly smart, connected homes," said Frank Azor, general manager, Alienware. "This technology will provide gamers with a more reliable and better performing online gaming experience, whether there are two, 12 or 20 devices using the network simultaneously."

Saturday, January 5, 2013

EMC Acquires iWave for Cloud Storage Automation Software

EMC has acquired iWave, a developer of storage and cloud automation software, for an undisclosed sum.

iWave, which is a privately-held subsidiary of the Hall Financial Group, offers software tools to help enterprises install, configure and automate tasks associated with the provisioning and management of storage infrastructures, data centers and cloud environments. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Frisco, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), and maintains offices in London, England and Moncton, Canada.

http://www.iwavesoftware.com
http://www.emc.com

NYT: Cyberattacks Continue on U.S. Banks

Major U.S. banks are continuing to experience cyber attacks from the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, the same group that launched DDoS volleys last Fall.

The New York Times reports that the major banks have seen higher volumes of Internet traffic to their websites but that customer data has remained safe.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/04/u-s-banks-again-hit-by-wave-of-cyberattacks/?src=rechp

Agilent Intros 8x8 MIMO Test for LTE-Advanced

Agilent Technologies has introduced the first LTE-Advanced 8x8 MIMO signal-generation and analysis solutions.

LTE-Advanced promises peak data rates of up to 1 Gbps in the downlink and 500 Mbps in the uplink by aggregating up to five component carriers, each up to 20 MHz wide.  It also leverages  improved multi-antenna techniques in both uplink and downlink. For the downlink, LTE-Advanced introduces transmission mode 9, which enables Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) with up to 8 spatial streams and antennas.

Agilent's LTE-Advanced 8x8 MIMO signal-generation and analysis solutions comprise Signal Studio and 89600 VSA software, as well as the Agilent X-Series vector signal generators and multi-channel signal analyzer with up to eight measurement channels. The solutions support generation and analysis of FDD and TDD signals compliant with the 3GPP Release 10 standard.

Agilent said its solution allows engineers to start testing physical layer implementations of LTE-Advanced devices.  Its multi-channel signal analyzer enables full analysis of LTE-Advanced standards on next-generation antennas, base stations and user equipment. Working with the 89600 VSA, it enables phase-synchronous and cross-channel measurements with up to eight RF channels in a single mainframe.

"As a recognized leader and provider of world-class LTE solutions, Agilent plays a pivotal role in the development, revision and implementation of the 4G technology, LTE-Advanced," said Andy Botka, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Microwave and Communications Division. "Our first-to-market 8x8 MIMO test solutions further complement Agilent's comprehensive portfolio of LTE-Advanced signal-generation and analysis solutions, and reaffirm our commitment to actively leading the evolution of LTE to a 4G technology."

http://www.agilent.com/about/newsroom/presrel/2013/03jan-em13001.html

ABI Research:103 Million LTE Devices Shipped in 2012

ABI Research estimates that 103 million 4G LTE mobile devices shipped in 2012, although the research agency notes that there is not a 1-to-1 correspondence between devices and LTE subscriptions. According to the report, LTE-enabled handsets to 91 million units by YE-2012 and the balance coming from other mobile devices.

New sign-ups and conversion of 3G subscribers with LTE-capable handsets should gather pace in 2013 and 2014. By 2017 we are anticipating 785 LTE million subscribers, up from 58 million at the end of 2012 – generating US$14 billion in annual service revenues,” stated Phil Solis, Research Director.

http://www.abiresearch.com/press/an-estimated-103-million-4g-lte-mobile-devices-shi

ZTE Wins Cloud Computing Contract with China Telecom


China Telecommunications Corp. awarded a tender for cloud computing services to ZTE.

ZTE will supply its proprietary iECS server virtualization software and iRAI cloud desktop system.  iECS combines the ZEN and KVM virtualization engines with ZTE’s operating system technology and management software to provide comprehensive virtualization capabilities, while iRAI supports data traffic redirection and virtual applications, providing reliable virtual connectivity. The desktop cloud system supports multiple desktops for a single user, and is compatible with most mainstream terminals.

ZTE said its selection for this contract breaks the traditional monopoly of overseas vendors.

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Understanding the Full Scope of the BYOD Opportunity for Carriers

by Ray Greenan, Global Marketing Director, Symantec Communications Service Providers


Over the past couple of years mobility has become one of the most important business and IT strategy topics, and the focus on it is only going to increase in 2013. It has also become increasingly difficult to have a discussion on business mobility without it including the bring your own device, or BYOD trend.

In fact, recent research by analyst firm Ovum indicates that by 2017, there will be 443,939,000 BYOD mobile connections worldwide. This number is impressive on its own, but is even more striking when it is compared to Ovum’s estimate that there will be 532,778,000 corporate-liable mobile connections worldwide by 2017 as well. Thus, in just five years from now there will be nearly as many employee-liable devices moving in and out of corporate networks as there will be corporate-liable devices.

At first glance, the concept of BYOD is quite simple: Allow employees to supply their own devices, thereby increasing employee satisfaction and hopefully reducing capital – and perhaps even operational – expenditures. Generally, and especially for the purposes of this article, the “device” in BYOD refers to mobile devices, particularly carrier network-connected connected smartphones and tablets.

However, for all its potential benefits BYOD also creates security and management challenges. After all, at the end of the day, BYOD involves IT relinquishing at least some control over the devices connecting to corporate networks, resources and data. As always, there is some risk when relinquishing any such control.

Because of this, impressions of BYOD range from company to company, with some embracing it wholeheartedly, some remaining cautiously optimistic and some still approaching the topic with outright reproach. That said, there is also a common belief among nearly all of these organizations: BYOD in some form or another is largely inevitable.

Nonetheless, companies realize that BYOD within their organizations is going to happen whether they promote it or not, thus many are coming to the conclusion that they can at least make it on their terms. This involves efficient enabling of employee-liable devices, establishing strong policies for their acceptable use and utilizing technology to enforce those policies and secure mobile devices against a myriad of threats, from loss or theft to malware.

When all of this is taken into account, there are many companies that simply either cannot or do not want to assume this burden. Some of these are enterprise-class organizations that are finding it more financially viable to outsource the management of their mobile infrastructure, while many others are small- to medium-sized companies who do not have the resources. After all, SMBs often already have their hands full with managing the demands of their traditional IT infrastructure and endpoints. Add mobility and BYOD to the mix and often overtaxed IT staffs become spread even thinner.

This is all excellent news for the wireless telecommunications industry. Why? Because herein lies a tremendous opportunity for carriers who have developed a trusted network to step into the role of managed service provider for companies such as those described here. And while some are already doing this to a degree, there is much more opportunity than first meets the eye. In fact, there are five specific areas of business mobility carriers should seek to address on behalf of their customers. 

These include:

App and Data Protection
Business data must be protected at all times. This is a primary objective of any IT organization, and the reason that most IT technologies exist in the first place.  Mobile apps are the primary method to access, view, store and transmit that data, so both apps and data must have controls and protection appropriate to the company and industry.

User and App Access
At all times, the people, the apps and the devices that are connecting to, and accessing, business assets must be identified and validated as authorized business participants. Identity is the first and most important component to any IT strategy, especially where mobility is involved because device and cloud access is not inherently as strict.

Device Management
Devices that access business assets and connect to company networks must be managed and secured according to applicable company policies and industry regulations. Every company should establish appropriate mobile policies, and those should be applied to all managed devices.

Threat Protection
With the incredible growth of mobile devices, they are rapidly becoming a key target for cyber criminals. Protecting devices and the apps and data on them is paramount to secure business data. Good threat protection should protect from external attacks, rogue apps, unsafe browsing and theft.

Secure File Sharing
Although mobile access, storage and sharing of files is not a challenge unique to mobile, the fact that a mobile device is typically one of multiple devices a user may have, the cloud is the obvious and simple solution for distributing and synchronizing information across devices. Businesses should have full administrative control over distribution and access to business documents on any network, and especially in the cloud.

While some carriers have begun to step into the role of managed service provider in some of the areas above, none have addressed all five areas. They are not offering a holistic managed security and management experience. Carriers would do well to expand their services offerings and the mobile security and management market has matured to the point where effective, scalable solutions are available to help them do this. Doing so will not only benefit their customers, but their bottom lines as well.

About the Author


Ray Greenan, Global Marketing Director, Symantec Communications Service Providers, is responsible for strategy and implementation of Symantec marketing solutions designed to help Communication Service Providers transform their networks and businesses to deliver new applications and services to their customers in a secure and reliable way.

Prior to his current position, Greenan spent 14 years at IBM where he held multiple positions including Global Marketing Executive, Service Delivery Platforms which focused on IBM's Service Provider Delivery Environment, SPDE and Marketing Program Director for the IBM Green Data Center group which focused on Green Technology and Sustainability for the Utility market and its customers. He also held the position of Power Marketing Program Director responsible for strategy and execution of marketing programs for the Greater China Region for IBM¹s Power Architecture and
IBM's membership within Power.org.

Greenan was awarded a Masters in Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Manhattan College, where he also received his Bachelor of Arts in English. He has also earned certification from NJIT for Sustainable Design and Green Technology.
About Symantec


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Mobidia: LTE Drives Significant Data Growth

LTE subscribers are consuming significantly more data than their 3G counterparts, according to a new study from Mobidia and Informa that analyzes the usage patterns of 100,000 Android LTE users in Korea, Japan, and the U.S.  Data for the study was captured in September 2012 from the major operators in each country.

Some key findings:

  • In all markets, LTE subscribers used significantly more mobile data than 3G subscribers. Specifically, in Korea and Japan, markets often used as leading indicators of mobile trends, Mobidia recorded increases of 132 percent and 67 percent,respectively.
  • At the same time, decreases in relative Wi-Fi usage in all markets were also noted and Korea registered an absolute decrease. While Wi-Fi usage is still very significant, the data points to a possible trend towards a decrease in reliance, suggesting an opportunity for LTE operators.
  • LTE operators’ strategy to reset pricing plans during the transition to 4G appears to be working. Mobidia’s data shows significant decreases in unlimited plans and increases in larger-sized, volume-limited plans. As an example, only seven percent of SKT LTE subscribers are using unlimited plans compared to 24 percent of SKT 3G subscribers. Additionally, the percentage of SKT subscribers on 2G or higher plans increased from only 10 percent of 3G subscribers to 62 percent of LTE subscribers.

Mobidia has posted a whiteper, “Understanding Today’s Smartphone Users,” on its website.

“Because Mobidia is able to provide data on cellular, Wi-Fi, and application usage across all major geographies and specific operators’ networks, we are in a unique position to provide insight into the latest smartphone usage trends – including the LTE trends identified in our latest whitepaper,” said Derek Sprat, president and CEO at Mobidia. “Based on our analysis of early LTE usage, it looks like operators have a strong opportunity to increase demand for mobile data while implementing stronger and more sustainable ways to monetize that data during the transition to 4G.”

http://www.mobidia.com

Sony and InterDigital Form Convida Wireless -- an M2M Joint Venture

InterDigital and Sony Corporation of America have formed a joint venture -- Convida Wireless -- to focus on driving new research in M2M wireless communications and other connectivity areas.

Both InterDigital and Sony will contribute funding and resources for M2M research and platform development, which will be carried out by InterDigital Solutions. Stephens Capital Partners will be a minority investor in Convida Wireless. The agreement also includes a patent license from InterDigital for Sony's 3G and 4G products.

"Mobile is one of Sony's core businesses, and this joint venture will help us strengthen our foundation in this important area, focusing specifically on machine-to-machine wireless technologies. Given the pioneering efforts of InterDigital's engineers in this growing field, we can't think of a better partner," said Toshimoto Mitomo, Executive Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sony Corporation of America. "Moreover, in a market that is by its very nature collaborative, we expect Convida Wireless to be a platform for additional industry collaboration."

InterDigital's current M2M technology has been integrated into the trial platforms of various market participants, including BUTLER, Intecs, Intel Corporation, Kontron, Mformation, Radisys, Sensinode, and others.

"We're honored to partner with Sony, a company that is synonymous with so many advances in consumer technology, and to contribute our expertise in core wireless research. InterDigital's research efforts in M2M are mature, and have from the start been focused on creating a standards-based framework to benefit all companies in the wireless space — operators, device makers and others. We believe that collaborating with Sony through Convida Wireless will bring those efforts to the next level," said William J. Merritt, President and CEO of InterDigital.

http://www.interdigital.com
http://www.sonyusa.com

Wi-Fi Alliance Adds 60 GHz WiGig


The Wi-Fi Alliance will consolidate all of the activities and assets of the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance under a merger agreement announced by the organizations.

The WiGig Alliance promotes short range, multi-gigabit capable wireless connectivity based on unlicensed 60 GHz spectrum. Early 60 GHz implementations based on the WiGig specifications are entering the market now and ABI Research forecasts that by 2016, annual shipments of devices with both Wi-Fi and WiGig technology will reach 1.8 billion.

The Wi-Fi Alliance and the WiGig Alliance have been collaborating for the past two years, during which time the WiGig Alliance developed the key specifications including MAC-PHY and Protocol Adaptation Layers (PALs) and Wi-Fi Alliance initiated work to develop an interoperability certification for 60 GHz products.

“This is an exciting technology, and has been an important highlight of our certification roadmap for some time, so we are delighted to take this step,” said Wi-Fi Alliance president and CEO Edgar Figueroa. “Combining the expertise of Wi-Fi Alliance and WiGig Alliance will deliver a terrific user experience with 60 GHz solutions, and will help ensure that a full range of interoperable WiGig solutions reaches the market as quickly as possible.”

“We set out four years ago with the simple goal of realizing a global wireless ecosystem of interoperable, high-performance devices that would operate seamlessly. In that time there have been many challenges to overcome but we have now created a market that simply did not previously exist. Consolidating activities with the Wi-Fi Alliance at this juncture will ensure WiGig’s mainstream success to the benefit of technology users everywhere,” said Dr Ali Sadri, President and Chairman of the WiGig Alliance.

http://www.wi-fi.org
http://www.wigig.org    

QTS Acquires Herakles Data Center in Sacramento

QTS (Quality Technology Services) has acquired the 92,000 square foot "Herakles" data center in Sacramento, California .  The Tier III facility  offers 52,600 square feet of raised floor space and 9.0 megawatts (MW) of power capacity,  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal expands QTS' data center fotprint in California to three wholly owned and operated premium facilities.

Herakles is a great company, with first-class people and a high-quality customer base," said Chad Williams, chief executive officer – QTS. "The acquisition of this technologically advanced data center adds a strategically located asset to our portfolio. Located just 120 miles north of our Santa Clara, Calif., data center and less than 90 miles from San Francisco, this facility expands our Northern California presence and offers California-based and national customers in each facility regional disaster recovery options as well as colocation and cloud services."

http://www.qualitytech.com

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Debuts at CES 2013


Corning will showcase two new products at CES 2013 in Las Vegas next week:

Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a new glass composition promising significant durability enhancements over the current generation. Gorilla Glass 2, which is used on a wide variety of consumer electronics including iPhones, is created using an ion exchange chemical process that compresses and strengthens the glass. Over 33 major brands are using Gorilla Glass and Corning estimates that over 1 billion devices have shipped.

New Optical Cables for device-to-device connectivity.

Full product details will be included in announcements planned for Monday, January 7.

http://www.corninggorillaglass.com
http://www.corning.com

Extreme Networks Cuts Guidance, Streamlines Operations

Citing longer than expected sales cycles, Extreme Networks cut financial guidance for its fiscal second quarter ended December 31, 2012.  Sales were below expectations in the U.S. and EMEA, although the company said sales in Latin America and AsiaPac were promising.

The company outlined a number of steps it is taking to streamline operations, including consolidating certain customer service operations into facilities in North Carolina, eliminating a number of management positions, reducing certain real estate, and adopting a single sales structure.  The restructuring plan is expected to result in approximately $7.0 million in reduced quarterly costs once the plan is fully implemented. The Company expects to record a charge of approximately $5.5 to $7.0 million in the fiscal quarter ended on December 31, 2012.

On a conference call, Extreme Networks said the restructuring impacts about 13% of its workforce, although some of the customer service jobs will be transferred to North Carolina.

Key items in the updated guidance:

Net Revenue is estimated to be approximately $75 to $77 million, versus the low end of previously provided guidance of $78 million primarily due to delays in customer expenditures in EMEA and the US.

Gross Margin (GAAP and Non-GAAP) for FQ2'12 is expected to be approximately 54% to 55%.
Operating Expenses (GAAP) are expected to be in a range of $45.5 million to $47.5 million, which is above the range of previously provided guidance primarily due to the restructuring charges of approximately $5.5 to $7.0 million.

Operating Expenses (Non-GAAP) are expected to be in a range of $38.1 to $38.6 million, which is below the range of previously provided guidance primarily due to lower than expected headcount costs as well as management actions to reduce expenses.

Net Income (GAAP) is expected to be a loss in a range of $4.5 to $7.0 million, which is below the range of previously provided guidance primarily due to lower than expected revenue and the restructuring charges.  Diluted EPS is expected to be a loss in a range of $0.04 to $0.07.

Net Income (Non-GAAP) is expected to be in a range of $2.5 to $3.0 million, which is below the low-end of the range of previously provided guidance primarily due to lower than expected revenue.  Diluted EPS is expected to be in a range of $0.02 to $0.03.

http://investor.extremenetworks.com