Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Vistapointe - The Power of Mobile Analytics & Mobile Advertising

Mobile operators have a wealth of information about how applications are being used across their networks. Mobile users are consuming ever increasing amounts of media on smartphones and tablets. Looking deep into the data could unlock significant value for the network operators, users in search of contextually-relevant media, and third-party advertisers, explains Shrikant Latkar, VP of Marketing at InMobi and Board Advisor at Vistapointe.

1:00 -- Mobile Operators Look to New Revenue Streams
2:00 -- Smartphones Change the Game for Network Traffic and Media Consumption
4:00 -- Unlocking Value with User Data
5:10 Mobile Apps Can Leverage Network Intelligence
7:38 -- Context Delivers Ultimate Value for the User

Vistapointe, a start-up based in San Ramon, California with R&D in Bangalore, India, offers a cloud-based and embedded network intelligence solutions for mobile and enterprise Wi-Fi operators.

Unlike general purpose, deep packet inspection (DPI)-based network intelligence platforms, Vistapointe features a Linux-base packet parser engine to selectively decode 3GPP and 4G/LTE protocols, capture only specific protocol fields, apply compression and then deliver this data to a cloud-based mobile analytics platform.
The cloud-based analytics enables Vistapoint to offer a highly scalable Network Intelligence As A Service (NiAS) for 3G, 4G/LTE and Wi-Fi carriers.  Vistapointe's Dynamic Subscriber Profiling enables the operator to predict subscriber usage patterns and profile their mobile data customers so as to offer fine-tuned tariff plans.  Vistapointe also said its dynamic subscriber profiling could leverage APIs to integrate with 3rd party mobile ad platforms.

Cisco Hits Revenue of $12.1 Billion, up 5%

Cisco reported record net sales of $12.1 billion for its second fiscal quarter.  Net income (GAAP) came in at $3.1 billion or $0.59 per share, beating market expectations.

"Cisco delivered record earnings per share this quarter and record revenue for the 8th quarter in a row in a challenging economic environment. We continue to drive the innovation, quality and leadership our customers expect, and we remain focused on consistent returns to our shareholders," said John Chambers, Cisco chairman and chief executive officer.

"In terms of the future, we are making solid progress towards our goal of becoming the #1 IT company in the world. As new markets grow and are created, such as the Internet of Everything, it's very easy to see how the intelligent network is at the center of that future."

On the earnings conference call, Cisco executives said the company is gaining traction in key transitions areas as data center, cloud, virtualization, mobility and video. Despite weak macro economics, the Cisco said it is executing well. The economic situation is especially soft in southern Europe.

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • Cisco noted positive improvements in enterprise sales in the U.S.
  • The gross margin remains steady at 62.3%
  • A decline in the routing segment was attributed to the challenging environment in Europe and China.
  • Cisco is seeing good momentum with its ASR 9000 edge routing platform.
  • Cisco paid a cash dividend of $0.14 per common share, or $743 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $46.4 billion at the end of the quarter.
  • Headcount was 73,482 at the end of the quarter, up from 63,870 a year ago.

AT&T Launches CDN Service Powered by Akamai

AT&T's new CDN Service is now available to U.S. customers.  The launch comes two months after AT&T announced a global strategic alliance with Akamai Technologies to provide content delivery network solutions.  A similar offer for global companies is also planned.

AT&T said that with the deployment of Akamai's CDN infrastructure within the AT&T network, customers are expected to benefit from more efficient content routing and better delivery of digital content, video and Web applications, resulting in a better end-user experience.

The CDN helps website pages to load faster across nearly any network-connected device, including mobile devices.  It provides faster distribution of content rich applications like high-definition video across nearly any connected device. It also accelerates software distribution securely across enterprise networks.

"Our customers require high-performing, secure and reliable content delivery solutions to help them deal with a virtual sea of digital assets like mobile apps, movies, live events and other rich web content," said Jon Summers, Senior Vice President-Growth Platforms, AT&T Business Solutions. "Our new CDN solution allows them to manage and deliver content faster and more efficiently to end-users across broadband, mobile, Wi-Fi, and Intranet connections to virtually any device."

As of 2012, Akamai had over 125,000 servers deployed in more than 2,100 locations in over 1,100 networks worldwide.

  • In December 2012, AT&T formed a strategic alliance with Akamai Technologies to deliver a global suite of content delivery network (CDN) solutions to companies. Under the deal, Akamai will deploy CDN servers at the edge of AT&T's IP network and in AT&T facilities throughout the United States. AT&T will transfer its existing CDN operations, customers and service to the Akamai platform in 2013.  The companies have also agreed to dedicate shared resources including technical support, customer care, marketing and professional services support.  Financial terms were not disclosed.   The companies said the combination of AT&T's network assets with Akamai's CDN will help enterprises simplify content distribution management and drive higher-performing end user experiences for consumers accessing content on the Internet. They hope to expand their efforts internationally within 12 months.

Ericsson Promises Cloud and Service Provider SDN with OpenStack

Ericsson outlined its plans for the distribution and orchestration of cloud capabilities horizontally across the network.

Essentially, the Ericsson Cloud System will leverage an open, distributed platform based on OpenStack and KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine).  It will use an Ericsson Cloud Manager for end-to-end orchestration. The capabilities will be enabled across the Ericsson Blade System (EBS) and the Ericsson Smart Service Router (SSR). Together, will deliver end-to-end elasticity across network, compute and storage assets.

The target release date for the Ericsson Cloud System is Q1 2014.

"We protect existing operator investments when introducing new technologies. We implement cloud-enabled networks by evolving what operators already have in the field. We do this by using established telecom platforms - such as EBS and SSR - and integrating them with new software in a way that ensures carrier-grade performance, while introducing a platform for new partners. This systematic implementation of end-to-end elasticity across network, computing and storage assets enables the delivery of new services and business models and is what we call Cloud Evolution," stated Magnus Furustam, Vice President and Head of Product Area Core and IMS at Ericsson.

Ericsson's Blade System is used to power its Mobile Switching Center Server (MSC-S), which controls all circuit-switched call services, the user plane and media gateways. A new MSC-S Blade Cluster will scale the softswitch and increases node availability and server capacity. It can add capacity for softswitching based on traffic conditions, or leave capacity for other functions.

Ericsson's Smart Services Router (SSR) is a "multi-application" edge platform for advanced services on both fixed access and broadband wireless access. Specific blades deliver processing power for applications, including: video (caching), mobility (mobile gateway), business and residential services with DPI and policy enforcement.

Fujitsu Packs 80G Capacity into OTN Edge Switch

Fujitsu introduced its FLASHWAVE CDS Micro Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) for Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching.

The FLASHWAVE CDS 6.1, which leverages in-house designed OTN technology, boasts 80G of non-blocking (any to any) ODU0/1/2 switching within a 2RU rack space – the highest available density in the industry.  The FLASHWAVE CDS 6.1 is fully environmentally hardened and can be deployed anywhere including an OSP cabinet or up on a telephone pole. It has a 19”, 2RU, 300mm footprint and doesn’t require other elements such as external fans or baffles. The CDS family of I/O units provides a full set of functionality from Ethernet aggregation with full traffic management, to simple Ethernet over SONET, to being a distributed OTN switch.

The OTN unit has a wide range of pluggable optics options including an 88 channel Full Band Tuneable XFP that allows the user to bypass transponders when co-located with ROADMs.

Fujitsu said its FLASHWAVE CDS 6.1 can save Service Providers significant operational costs by acting as a Gateway Network Element to the downstream FNC SONET family of devices, while being transparent to other SONET devices that are unmanaged.

"Several vendors offer OTN encapsulation but Fujitsu is unique in that we have invested in our own intellectual property to ensure customers receive maximum value,” said Rod Naphan, Senior Vice President of Product and Strategic Planning, Fujitsu Network Communications. "Developing our OTN technology in-house means the FLASHWAVE CDS 6.1 provides performance and reliability that, while adhering to industry standards, provides additional added value compared to ‘off the shelf‘ components. This is particularly important when dealing with services that cross multiple technologies, e.g., Ethernet/SONET/OTN. Fujitsu has a long standing tradition of optical integration and OTN is the latest proof point. We will continue to bring value to our customer base by leveraging our OTN investment across the Packet-Optical portfolio, increasing commonality thereby lowering Capex and Opex costs."

Optelian Launches 100G Muxponder/Transponder

Optelian introduced a flexible 100G platform that can be configurable either as a muxponder or transponder,

The new MPX-9110, which is packaged in a 1RU box, can aggregate and transport any mix of 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps services over a 100G OTN DWDM wavelength.

"Internet usage, driven by bandwidth-intensive video streaming and enhanced user connectivity via multiple devices, will surge in the coming years. Operators need innovative ways to leverage their existing infrastructure while increasing capacity,” remarks Optelian’s CEO, David Weymouth. “Our analysis indicates 100G offers a 30% cost-per-bit savings relative to 10G transport strategies. Optelian’s solution enables efficient scalability and supports the rapid deployment and management of new, revenue-generating services.”

Some key features:

  • Network flexibility – 10/40 Gbps muxponder and 100 Gbps transponder in one device
  • Service aggregation options – 10x10 Gbps, 1x40 Gbps + 6x10 Gbps, 2 x 40 Gbps + 2 x 10Gbps
  • Client support – 10/40/100 GbE, OC-192/STM-64, 8/10G FC, OTU2/3/4
  • Best optical reach - DP-QPSK DWDM line interface with coherent optical receiver plus FEC
  • Standalone design – Service delivery, management and OSC in a compact 1RU form factor.

Pertino Launches Cloud-based Network Engine for SMBs

Pertino, a start-up based in Los Gatos, California, launched a limited release of a cloud-based "network engine" for small-to-medium businesses. The idea is to cloud programmability to instantly create secure networks using existing gear.

The Pertino cloud platform combines global cloud infrastructure with network virtualization, the programmability and automation of SDN, and a social-inspired management paradigm. Users are able to quickly set-up "virtual offices" with secure file sharing and remote desktop.

Pertino is offering a free service that provides a personal cloud network for up to three members and three devices each. A Professional plan is only $10/month per member.

The service is available now on a select set of computing devices.

  • Pertino is funded by Norwest Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners. 

Equinix Revenue Grew 4% YoY in Q4

Equinix reported Q4 2012 revenue of $506.5 million, a 4% increase over the previous quarter and a 20% increase over the same quarter last year. This result included $18.4 million in revenues from the Company’s Asia Tone and ancotel acquisitions for the quarter and excluded $2.8 million of revenues from discontinued operations.  Net income for Q4 was $44.9 million, or $0.92 per share and diluted net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.88.

“2012 was a milestone year for Equinix. We delivered half a billion dollars of revenue in the fourth quarter, underscoring the scale and reach of our business,” said Steve Smith, CEO of Equinix. “With our entry into Mainland China, Jakarta and Dubai as well as our continued investment in existing markets, we now have over 7 million of gross square feet of capacity, making us the largest retail colocation provider in the world. We believe the value of our global interconnection platform and the strength of our business ecosystems puts us in a strong position to deliver exceptional value to our customers.”

Some notes from the company's earnings presentation:

  • For 2012, ongoing CAPEX amounted to about 8% of 2012 revenues
  • Equinix expects its ongoing CAPEX to trend down to 5% of revenues over time.
  • Equinix now has 24 U.S. IBX data centers -- the average age is 6.9 years.
  • The current average utilization for Equinix data centers is 85%.

Netronome Develops OpenFlow Reference Design based on its Flow Processors

Netronome will demonstrate the first software defined networking (SDN) reference design that uses flow processors and open dataplane software controlled by the OpenFlow protocol. The company is showing its reference at this week's Open Networking User Group (ONUG) in Boston.

Netronome’s NFP‐6xxx is powered by 96 packet processing cores and 120 multi‐threaded flow processing cores operating at up to 1.2 GHz. It delivers 200 Gbps of packet processing with deep packet inspection, network and security processing, and I/O virtualization for over 100 million simultaneous flows. It is also specifically designed for tight coupling with x86 processors.

"In an SDN world, applications and services require flow intelligence at a very granular level," said Jarrod Siket, senior vice president of marketing at Netronome. "This requirement is forcing devices to support all OpenFlow match fields in SDNs. Programmable flow processors are well positioned to service these applications by supporting the evolving OpenFlow standards."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

VMware to Acquire Virsto for Virtual Storage Optimization

VMware agreed to acquire Virsto Software, a start-up offering software for optimizing storage performance and utilization in virtual environments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Virsto, which was founded in 2007 and is based in Sunnyvale, California, developed a storage hypervisor that does for storage what the server hypervisor did for servers.  Virsto’s storage hypervisor delivers high performance, space efficient virtual storage at the individual VM level, serving up advanced per-VM data services from any existing block-based storage device, from JBOD to SSD.

Virsto is backed by Canaan Partners, August Capital, InterWest Partners, Southern Cross Venture Partners and Correlation Ventures.

VMware said its strategy is to extend the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the datacenter – compute, network, storage and the associated security and availability services.  Virsto will expand VMware’s storage portfolio, which includes the storage virtualization and management capabilities of VMware vSphere and the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance. In addition, EMC plans to license the Virsto technology, extending the cooperative efforts between the two companies in storage architectures.

“VMware is committed to continuing to deliver software innovations that bring significant efficiencies to our customers while simplifying infrastructure and IT,” said John Gilmartin, vice president of storage and availability, VMware. “We believe that the acquisition of Virsto will accelerate our development of storage technologies, allowing our customers to greatly improve the efficiency and performance of storage in virtual infrastructure.”

F5 Adds Policy Enforcement to BIG-IP

F5 Networks is adding policy enforcement capabilities to its BIG-IP traffic steering and load balancing platform, allowing service providers to convert the BIG-IP's deep visibility into network conditions and subscriber behavior into optimized services.

F5's new BIF-IP Policy Enforcement Manager (PEM) software can classify traffic and enforce policy based on applications and subscriber behavior.  BIG-IP PEM also provides granular reports on subscriber and application flows, and it integrates with online charging subsystems, giving operators real-time credit control.  The software is interoperable with third-party Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) vendors and is compliant with the latest 3GPP standards for a Policy and Charging Enforcement Function (PCEF).

BIG-IP PEM is designed to run on VIPRION, F5’s high-performance, chassis-based hardware platform. When run on F5’s latest VIPRION C4800 offering, BIG-IP PEM enables service providers to achieve up to 320 gigabits per second L7 throughput, support up to 72 million concurrent connections, and serve as many as 96 million subscribers on a single device.

F5 said its Policy Enforcement Manager also provides the ability to provision and de-provision value-added servers based on real-time subscriber and network traffic conditions.

The BIG-IP PEM adds to the F5’s intelligent services framework. Other recent enhancements to the platform include BIG-IP Carrier-Grade NAT and BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager. All of these capabilities are now available.

GENBAND's NUViA Cloud Offers Quick Path to Rich Communication Services

GENBAND is introducing a secure multimedia communications cloud that enables service providers and channel partners to deliver branded Unified Communications and Rich Communications Suite
(RCS) Service.

The GENBAND NUViA, which is powered by the company’s EXPERiUS solutions, is a secure multimedia communications cloud service that essentially enables service providers to accelerate their entrance into RCS without the upfront costs.

The NUViA Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) includes HD voice, video, multimedia messaging, mobility, conferencing, Web collaboration, desktop clients, and fixed and mobile convergence. GENBAND will also offer a "build, transfer, own" model that ensures a low-risk, low-barrier to entry and quick path to RCS.

"NUViA offers service providers a radically different model for deploying communications services from what is available today,‖ said Jeff Townley, President of GENBAND’s Services Business Unit & Global Operations. ―Service providers and channel partners can leverage NUViA’s unprecedented deployment options, including hybrid models with the ability to augment the NUViA-delivered services with in-house applications, to deliver customers a unique, customized and cost-effective alternative to services derived from premises-based equipment."

Telefónica I+D and Infinera Push 10 Tbps of Super-Channel Capacity

Telefónica and Infinera announced a joint Terabit Technology Showcase that demonstrated 10 Terabits per second (Tbps) of optical super-channel capacity.

The highlights of the Terabit Technology Showcase demonstrations include:

  • 10 Tbps of super-channel capacity based on Infinera FlexCoherent technology to realize QPSK and 16 QAM super-channels to extend fiber capacity and signal reach.
  • Telefónica I+D’s Flexi-Grid standards based GMPLS control plane for rapid service deployment and simplification of network operations.
  • Demonstration of Infinera’s next-generation PIC-based flexible grid super-channels for improved spectral efficiency and flexibility.

 Infinera said the demonstration illustrates some of the potential future capabilities of its PIC based Digital Optical Network solution, including transmitting ten 1 Tbps super-channels as well as a demonstration of flexible grid transmission.

"Infinera’s 10 Terabit super-channel transmission and flexible grid transmission have been successfully tested in Telefónica I+D  labs,” said Juan Fernandez-Palacios, Head of Core Network Evolution at Telefónica I+D-GCTO Unit. "This demonstration shows a promising path to higher capacity and cost effective optical transmission beyond 100Gbps."

The companies also showed rapid deployment of services, robust protection and ease-of-use with Telefónica’s prototype Flexi-Grid GMPLS control plane.

Radisys and Airspan Develop LTE-Advanced Small Cell

Radisys and Airspan announced the development of the world’s first commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) small cell solution.

Airspan’s LTE-A capable AirSynergy 4G leverages Radisys’ Trillium TOTALeNodeB small cell software, which has been enhanced to include key LTE-A features. AirSynergy 4G is an all-in-one compact outdoor Pico Base Station supporting LTE-Advanced. Radisys and Airspan augmented TOTALeNodeB with key LTE-A features including soft-frequency re-use via distributed eICIC, Almost Blanking Subframe and range extension.
Radisys’ Trillium TOTALeNodeB software includes the necessary Radio Resource Management (RRM), Self-Organizing Network (SON) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) functionality required for rapid deployment, and is built on top of the proven Trillium LTE protocol stacks. 

"Radisys is our long-time, trusted partner as we’ve leveraged the company’s Trillium software and professional services for our small cell and macrocell products,” said Paul Senior, CTO, Airspan. “Collaborating on the first LTE-Advanced small cell solution is a natural extension of this partnership. Leveraging Trillium TOTALeNodeB for AirSynergy 4G accelerates our ability to be first to market."

"Our Trillium TOTALeNodeB solution has won many industry awards, but our professional services team is just as critical in enabling Airspan’s rapid market entry,” said Manish Singh, CTO, Radisys. “Our highly skilled team works with Airspan on feature customization and platform integration and verification, ensuring state-of-the-art technology solutions. We’re excited to partner with Airspan on the first commercial LTE-A small cell solution."

Procera Lands OEM Contract for its DPI Engine

Procera Networks has licensed its Network Application Visibility Library (NAVL) Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) engine to a large telecommunications equipment manufacturing (TEM) company.  The solution provides comprehensive application classification to enhance monitoring and testing applications. Procera expects to recognize the revenue from this contract over the next three years.

The DPI engine provides real-time, Layer-7 classification of all network application traffic. Delivered as a software developer kit (SDK) and designed for quick integration into Enterprise and Telecommunication network infrastructure platforms, NAVL provides the application visibility and intelligence that enable developers of firewalls, unified threat management (UTM) and other network security and management solutions to apply and enforce application admission, control and performance policies for their enterprise and service provider customers. Procera’s NAVL DPI engine and OEM products are the result of its recent acquisition of Vineyard Networks.

"This implementation has the potential to be one of many with this TEM. We are pleased to continue our success providing solutions to telecommunications equipment manufacturers," said Jason Richards, senior vice president of Business Development at Procera. “We see a growing demand for Intelligence Everywhere, and network operators are looking for DPI solutions that enable them to have greater visibility and control of their networks."

Dell'Oro: Wireless Packet Core Equipment Sales to Top $6B by 2017

The Wireless Packet Core Equipment market is forecast to nearly double in size, exceeding $6 billion by 2017, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.

Evolved Packet Core, the emerging segment of this market, is forecast to expand to over half of the total market, driven by the Long Term Evolution (LTE) network capital spending.

During the forecast period, Dell'Oro expects new vendors to enter the Wireless Packet Core market, leveraging their strengths in adjacent markets. The report also shows that the PCRF market is forecast to exceed $800 million in 2017.

"In addition to escalating use of smartphones and surging wireless data usage, we expect that new wireless packet core devices will incorporate features to address deep packet inspection (DPI) and WiFi management," said Chris DePuy, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "As Service Providers expand the capabilities of their core networks in order to roll out additional services and manage users across both cellular and WiFi networks, we expect the market to experience robust growth."

Broadcom Announces 28nm 4G LTE Modem

Broadcom announced a 28nm 4G LTE modem with integrated radio and cellular baseband reduces board area by approximately 35 percent while supporting LTE-Advanced with carrier aggregation, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and EDGE/GSM.

Broadcom's multi-mode, multi-band solution – the BCM21892 – is aimed at next generation 4G LTE smartphones and tablets. The device combines a full-featured cellular baseband with a world-band radio that can support virtually any designated 3GPP LTE frequency band and combination, which aids in 4G LTE roaming. The LTE-Advanced capability will support LTE Category 4 speeds of 150 Mbps with seamless hand-offs between the various 4G LTE, 3G and 2G interface technologies.

A Voice over LTE (VoLTE) solution that enables high-definition voice calls. Broadcom estimates its VoLTE service consumes approximately 40 percent less power than a comparable WCDMA voice call.

Significantly, Broadcom said its design employs advanced power management techniques that can save up to 25 percent of the power typically consumed during data transmissions to the network.

"Broadcom's new 4G LTE modem combined with our Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC technologies gives OEMs all the communications technologies needed to build advanced devices that will offer consumers the features, speed and functionality they demand in their next smartphone purchase," said Robert A. Rango, Broadcom Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and Wireless Group.  "Broadcom's 4G LTE modem will also help carriers drive new 4G LTE features, such as carrier aggregation, into commercial networks."

BCM21892 is now sampling to early access customers, with anticipated production in 2014.

President Obama Issues Cyber Security Executive Order

President Obama signed an executive order aimed at countering cyber security threats with better information sharing and coordination between U.S. government agencies and the owners and operators of critical infrastructure across the country.

In his State of the Union speech, Obama said the United States faces real threats to its infrastructure and economy and he called on Congress to give the government more authority to secure networks and deter attacks.

Some key elements of the new directive.

  • New information sharing programs to provide both classified and unclassified threat and attack information to U.S. companies. The Executive Order requires Federal agencies to produce unclassified reports of threats to U.S. companies and requires the reports to be shared in a timely manner. The Order also expands the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program, enabling near real time sharing of cyber threat information to assist participating critical infrastructure companies in their cyber protection efforts.
  • The development of a Cybersecurity Framework. The Executive Order directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to lead the development of a framework of cybersecurity practices to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure. NIST will work collaboratively with industry to develop the framework, relying on existing international standards, practices, and procedures that have proven to be effective. To enable technical innovation, the Cybersecurity Framework will provide guidance that is technology neutral and that enables critical infrastructure sectors to benefit from a competitive market for products and services. 

The directive defines the term critical infrastructure as "systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters."

The White House also ordered Federal agencies to incorporate privacy and civil liberties safeguards in their activities, including safeguards based upon the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPS) and other applicable privacy and civil liberties policies, principles, and frameworks.

The Obama administrations also plans to set-up a voluntary program to promote the adoption of the Cybersecurity Framework.

Ruckus Posts Q4 Revenue of $62 Million, Up 51% YoY

Ruckus Wireless reported Q4 revenue of $62.2 million, up 51% compared to $41.0 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2011. GAAP net income was $1.9 million, compared with a net income of $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.03 for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $0.02 for the fourth quarter of 2011.

"2012 was an exciting year for Ruckus Wireless.  In addition to completing our IPO, we continued to make progress on our business objectives while growing our revenue 79% and significantly increasing profitability over the prior year," said, Selina Lo, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ruckus Wireless.

NETGEAR Sees Growth Slow

NETGEAR reported Q4 2012 revenue of $310.4 million, as compared to $309.2 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011, and $315.2 million in the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.  Net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $16.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share.  This compared to GAAP net income of $22.8 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011, and GAAP net income of $23.8 million, or 0.61 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012.

"The worldwide macroeconomic environment proved challenging for us during the second half of 2012. In the fourth quarter, we witnessed reduced spending among our service provider customers and Commercial Business Unit customers. Despite this, our Retail Business Unit experienced the best fourth quarter sequential growth in the last three years. We are very pleased with the share gain against our retail competitors worldwide. We introduced 32 new products in the fourth quarter of 2012 and once again, we were a double honoree this year in the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards competition," stated Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR.