Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Oclaro Reports a Tough Quarter

Oclaro reported revenues of $141.6 million for the quarter ending 30-March-2013, compared with revenues of $159.5 million in the previous quarter.  GAAP gross margin was 9%, compared with a GAAP gross margin of 14% in the preceding quarter.  There was a GAAP operating loss was $28.9 million.

Oclaro also announced it has secured $25 million in short-term bridge loans from Providence Equity Capital Markets, who joins Wells Fargo Bank and Silicon Valley Bank as a lender under Oclaro's existing credit agreement.

"Our financial results were at the lower end of guidance for the third quarter, in the face of continued softness in the telecommunications market.  Our sales declined further than expected, which drove a higher loss compared with the prior quarter," said Alain Couder, president and CEO, Oclaro, Inc.  "The financing we announced today is an initial step in our plan to simplify the company and develop and implement a profitable operating model.  Meanwhile our new product innovations continue. At the recent OFC trade show Oclaro reinforced its position as a leader in the high growth 100G market, both on the telecom line side and the datacom client side."

http://www.oclaro.com

Monday, May 6, 2013

Juniper Announces its JunosV Contrail SDN Controller

Juniper Networks introduced its JunosV Contrail Contrail Controller for software-defined networks (SDN).

The JunosV Contrail, which is currently in trials with service provider and enterprise customers, virtualizes the network to enable seamless automation and orchestration among private and public cloud environments, elastic management of IP-based network and security services, and a "Big Data for Infrastructure" offering for enhanced analytics, diagnostics and reporting. It leverages intellectual property from Contrail Systems, which Juniper acquired earlier this year.

The SDN controller will be the first in a JunosV Contrail family of products. The JunosV Contrail family of products is scheduled to be available for purchase in the second half of 2013 under the Juniper Software Advantage licensing program.

"Customers are looking for agility in their networks. With JunosV Contrail, Juniper will deliver a network infrastructure that meets customers' immediate and long term needs. The response from our trial customers has been overwhelmingly positive and from a roadmap perspective, we are delivering on our SDN strategy ahead of schedule. From our systems to a growing portfolio of new SDN software, and a cloud-oriented software licensing model that grows with our customers' needs, Juniper provides a simpler and lower risk option to begin the transition to an SDN future," stated Bob Muglia, executive vice president, Software Solutions Division, Juniper Networks.

http://juniper.mwnewsroom.com/press-releases/juniper-networks-introduces-controller-technology-nyse-jnpr-1013854


In January 2013, Juniper Networks outlined a four-step roadmap to software-defined networking with the goal of improving automation and agility in data centers and across service provider networks.
A key part of Juniper's SDN strategy involves the concept of "Service Chaining" whereby an SDN controller is used to virtually insert services into the flow of network traffic.  The company sees SDN extending all the way across all domains of the network: Core, Edge, Access & Aggregation, Data Center, WAN, Campus & Branch.  Juniper's SDN roadmap initially targets two of these areas -- the Service Provider Edge and the Data Center.

Juniper is enabling the SDN virtualization with existing protocols, including BGP, thereby enabling the existing routing and switching infrastructure to participate in the SDN transformation. Juniper will adopt the OpenStack model as its primary orchestration system and will work with others including VMware and IBM. Juniper is introducing a new software licensing and maintenance model that allows the transfer of software licenses between Juniper devices and industry-standard x86 servers.

Juniper's Four Step Roadmap
  • Step 1: Centralize network management, analytics and configuration functionality to provide a single master that configures all networking devices.
  • Step 2: Extract networking and security services from the underlying hardware by creating service virtual machines (VMs). This enables network and security services to independently scale using industry-standard x86 hardware based on the needs of the solution.
  • Step 3: Introduce a centralized controller that enables multiple network and security services to connect in series across devices within the network using "SDN Service Chaining" – using software to virtually insert services into the flow of network traffic. The SDN Service Chaining will be introduced in 2014 utilizing the SDN controller technology acquired from Contrail Systems, together with the evolution of the JunosV App Engine.
  • Step 4: Optimize the usage of network and security hardware to deliver high performance.  Specifically, Juniper's MX Series and SRX Series products will evolve to support software-based Service Chaining architecture.


In December 2012, Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Contrail Systems, a start-up developing software defined networking (SDN) solutions for approximately $176 million in cash and stock.


Contrail Systems, which was based in Santa Clara, California, was founded in early 2012 is still in stealth mode. No products had been announced at the time of the acquisition.   Juniper said the acquisition brings an SDN architectural approach that augments its portfolio of products and services. 

Contrail Systems was headed by Ankur Singla (CEO), who previously served as Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering at Aruba Networks.  The Contrail team  included Dr. Kireeti Kompella (CTO), who was formerly CTO and Chief Architect, JunOS at Juniper; Pedro Marques,previously a developer of control applications for the Cluster Management Team at Google and before that a distinguished engineer at Cisco and Juniper; Harshad Nakil, previously at Aruba Fellow and also distinguished engineer at Juniper and Cisco; and others.  Juniper was a strategic investor in Contrail. Khosla Ventures was also an investor.

Ethernet Alliance Forms 400GbE, Access Networking and Roadmap Subcommittees

The Ethernet Alliance has formed three new subcommittees: 400GbE, Access Networking, and Roadmap.

•       400GbE – Chartered to support the definition and development of the next speed of Ethernet, the subcommittee will support 400GbE through consensus building around standardization requirements and efforts, as well as promoting greater awareness and understanding of 400GbE technologies both internally and externally.

•       Access Networking – The subcommittee will be focused on helping foster new developments in Extended EPON and EPoC, providing a forum for gaining consensus on the future of EPON, and supporting current and future IEEE 802 wireline access networking projects.


•       Roadmap – Acting as a platform for building consensus on the past, present, and future of Ethernet, the subcommittee will be dedicated to gathering and sharing data relative to observed deployment models and applications. It will also deliver actionable roadmaps for both future projects and related enabling technologies.

The three new subcommittees join eight existing committees spanning a broad spectrum of technologies and segments, including BASE-T, Carrier Ethernet, Ethernet in the Data Center, Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), 40G and 100G Ethernet, Next Generation Enterprise Cabling, Power Over Ethernet (PoE), and Higher Speed Modular IO. They also mirror recent developments, such as the launch of an IEEE study group exploring development of a new 400 Gbps Ethernet standard.

"We’ve reached an inflection point in Ethernet’s timeline; there’s a cascade of exciting developments – the race to 400GbE, for example – that are advancing this seminal technology farther and faster than at any other time in its 40-year history," said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance, and chief Ethernet evangelist, Dell. "It’s moments like this when we have a wave of emerging technologies and projects that the need for organizations with the capacity for industry consensus building, such as the Ethernet Alliance, is never clearer. All of the dynamic energy we’re currently seeing in the Ethernet ecosystem is being reflected internally; as the Ethernet Alliance continues to grow and expand globally, we’re perfectly positioned to coalesce these new innovations and momentum into concrete successes."

http://www.ethernetalliance.org



ShoreTel Dock Fuses BYOD iPhones/iPads with Enterprise UC


ShoreTel introduced an enterprise desktop phone docking station for iPhones and iPads.

The ShoreTel Dock pairs iPhones and iPads with the ShoreTel Mobility app, delivering unified communications with voice, instant messaging (IM), presence and conferencing on their iOS device. Users can place and answer calls by simply picking up the handset and dialing a number on the dial pad or on the device’s screen.

“ShoreTel is the only unified communications provider delivering an intuitive and easy-to-use solution that truly optimizes how end users communicate for work,” said Pejman Roshan, vice president of product management at ShoreTel. “We didn’t try to change or replace devices users already love, but instead enabled those same devices with enterprise UC to give end users a dynamic productivity tool that supports their own work rhythm. The ShoreTel Dock is the desk phone for the mobile generation.”

The ShoreTel Dock is planned to be available Q3 CY-2013 for both premise-based and cloud platforms, with an expected list price of $349 USD.

http://www.shoretel.com

Coriant Makes its Official Debut (former optical division of NSN)


Coriant, the former optical networking division of Nokia Siemens Networks, is now an independent company following completion of the deal by Marlin Equity Partners.

Coriant mission is to be a global supplier of leading optical transport solutions and software-defined, optical layer intelligence to Tier 1 networks. The company operates worldwide in more than 48 countries and is headquartered in Munich, Germany. Coriant has R&D centers in Asia, Germany, Portugal and the U.S., as well as a production center in Berlin, Germany.

“We are very excited to start our journey forward as an independent company,” said Herbert Merz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coriant. “We enter the market with proven expertise in optical networking solutions that form the foundation for building Tier 1 networks around the world. We will continue to increase value for our customers as an ever-growing demand for mobile, video and cloud services creates new opportunities for differentiated, end-to-end service offerings.”

http://www.coriant.com/

Broadcom's Next Gen 40nm PHYs Promise 40% Power Savings


Broadcom introduced a new generation of 40 nanometer (nm) enterprise and carrier class PHY devices that offer a 40 percent power reduction compared to previous generation 65nm GPHYs.

The new devices are fully compliant to EEE for 1000BASE-T and 100BASE-TX as defined by the IEEE Std 802.3-2012 standard. Key features include support for Synchronous Ethernet, 1588 precision time synchronization, Y.1731 latency performance monitoring, 1ns 1588 PTP time stamp resolution, and enhanced cable plant diagnostics that detect cable plant impairments.

The BCM54290 40nm multi-port Gigabit PHY family consists of the following six device options:

  • BCM54290: Octal-port SGMII 10/100/1000BASE-T PHY
  • BCM54292: Octal-port QSGMII 10/100/1000BASE-T PHY
  • BCM54295: Octal-port QSGMII 10/100/1000BASE-T PHY with copper/fiber dual media interface
  • BCM54294: Quad-port SGMII 10/100/1000BASE-T PHY with copper/fiber dual media interface
  • BCM54291: Quad-port QSGMII 10/100/1000BASE-T PHY
  • BCM54296: Quad-port QSGMII 10/100/1000BASE-T PHY with copper/fiber dual media interface

Broadcom's Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) portfolio with AutoGrEEEn® Plus technology delivers up to 70 percent lower power consumption and extends energy savings to legacy MACs and non-EEE devices. The technology can be deployed when the device is in Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) mode communicating with an EEE link partner or when linked to a non-EEE enabled device.

"Highly precise synchronization, accurate latency management and power consumption are critical considerations for carrier Ethernet networks as they prepare for 4G deployment. The BCM54290 PHY family is tailor-made for use in stringent time synchronization applications and designed to address the challenges faced by LTE and LTE-Advanced networks," said Dr. Ali Abaye, Broadcom Senior Director of Product Marketing, PHY. "Enabling system OEMs and service providers to meet increasing traffic demands, Broadcom's new generation of PHY products enhance both power efficiency and performance."

The BCM54290 PHY is now sampling with production volume slated for 1H14.

http://www.broadcom.com

Gigamon Builds its Unified Visibility Fabric


Gigamon continues to build its Visibility Fabric architecture with the introduction of a a new Visibility Fabric node, the GigaVUE-HB1 for branch offices and the implementation of a new Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Gigamon’s H Series product line.

The new GigaVUE-HB1 extends Gigamon's pervasive and intelligent visibility and packet modification into a customer’s remote sites and enables remote network monitoring by tunneling monitored data back to a central site for tool centralization and consolidation through a unified Visibility Fabric architecture. The platform comes with GigaSMART technology, which offers the ability to normalize traffic and perform VXLAN decapsulation for monitoring virtualized network overlays, ERSPAN termination, packet de-duplication, packet masking and packet slicing, among others.

The new graphical interface is being introduced as part of the H Series 3.0 OS Software release, which also enables customers to utilize Gigamon’s GigaPORT-C01 100Gb blade for visibility into full line-rate 100Gb Ethernet connections.

Gigamon is also introducing a proof-of-concept application called FlowVUE which will offer flow-based correlation services. Gigamon recently announced a strategy to develop a unified Visibility Fabric architecture that would ultimately deliver orchestrated visibility across physical, virtual and software-defined networks (SDN). These additions to the Gigamon portfolio further that strategy by extending the reach of the Visibility Fabric architecture to remote locations and providing ease of use and configurability for simplified management and provisioning of monitoring policies. FlowVUE, upon release, will help tame big data and allow for the ability to intelligently correlate network traffic for tool optimization.

FlowVUE will join the session-aware flow de-duplication application as the second visibility application to be developed by Gigamon in the Applications Layer. These applications offer flow-based correlation services to tools, ensuring optimal tool utilization and performance by making network-based big data more manageable. Gigamon said it plans to continue to work with technology partners and other third parties to develop additional applications as well as continuing to work on in-house applications.

http://www.gigamon.com/traffic-visibility-fabric

Sprint Ties CSC CloudCompute to its Global MPLS Network

Sprint launched a CloudCompute infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution that integrates CSC’s virtualized, utility-based cloud computing solution with its Sprint Global MPLS network.

Sprint said its "cloud-aware" Global MPLS network is congestion-free, designed for low latency and jitter needed for critical, real-time business applications. It offers Class of Service (CoS) at no additional charge to eliminate bottlenecks in a customer’s network through prioritization. Application performance is optimized through network-based Quality of Service (QoS), and Sprint’s comprehensive service level agreements enable full support of any and all enterprise cloud applications.

“Sprint has a long history of providing comprehensive, integrated solutions,” said Mike Fitz, vice president-Wireline and Solutions Engineering, Sprint. “Companies can rely on Sprint as their single source for all their networking needs, which now includes cloud computing solutions. Investing in the network is critical to a company’s cloud strategy and success. Sprint’s all-IP network has the flexibility, scalability and reliability required to meet the performance demands of cloud applications.”

http://convergence.sprint.com/cloudcompute.aspx?ECID=vanity:cloudcompute

Big Switch Hires a Key SDN Exec from Cisco


Big Switch Networks named Prashant Gandhi as vice president of product management, where he will oversee the company’s complete Open SDN Suite, which includes Big Network Controller, Big Virtual Switch, Big Tap and Switch Light, as well as Project Floodlight open source projects, including the Floodlight controller, Indigo and other applications contained with the project.

Prior to joining Big Switch, Gandhi was senior director, product management and marketing, data center group at Cisco where he led product management of Cisco ONE Controller, Nexus 1000V virtual switch, VXLAN-based network virtualization as well as Cisco’s SDN and cloud network services product and go-to-market strategy.  He came to Cisco in 2009 through the acquisition of Rohati Systems where he was CEO and co-founder.  Prior to Rohati, Gandhi held product positions at Cisco in both enterprise and service provider business groups.

http://www.bigswitch.com/

Clearwire's Board Favors Sprint's Acquisition Bid


Clearwire's Board of Directors is recommending to the company's stockholders that the proposed acquisition by Sprint is the best strategic alternative for the company, representing "fair, attractive and certain value, especially in light of the company's limited alternatives and the well-known constraints of its liquidity position."

Clearwire's board noted that the $2.97 per share offered by Sprint represents a substantial premium to the price received by other sophisticated investors in recent transactions. For example, Google received $2.26 per share for its Clearwire Common Stock on March 1, 2012, and Time Warner received $1.37 per share for its Clearwire Common Stock on October 3, 2012.

http://www.clearwire.com

Sunday, May 5, 2013

SK Telecom Plans LTE-Advanced Launch for September

In its quarterly financial report, SK Telecom announced plans to commercialize LTE-Advanced service during September 2013.  The Korean operator said it has already conducted field testing under real network environment using smartphones.  An upgrade of its existing LTE network to LTE-Advanced is currently underway.

As of 31-March-2013, SK Telecom had 9.33 million LTE subscribers.  The carrier surpassed the 10 million LTE subscriber mark for the fourth time in the world on April 21. The number of LTE subscribers is projected to reach 15 million by the end of 2013.

Financially, SK Telecom reported Q1 revenue of KRW 4.113 trillion, operating income of KRW 410.6 billion and net income of KRW 345.9 billion. The revenue decreased by 2.0% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) due to the impact of shorter business days and business suspension in February. However, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the revenue increased by 3.6% backed by strong growth of LTE subscribers and new businesses.

http://www.sktelecom.com


Sydney Switches on its First NBN Connections


Residents of the suburb of Blacktown will be the first in the Sydney metropolitan area to switch on to Australia's National Broadband Network.

NBN Co's fiber network has just passed the first 1,300 homes and businesses in Blacktown.  A further 9,300 premises will be passed shortly.

Construction of the NBN set to have commenced or be complete for around 1.4 million premises across NSW and 4.85 million nationally by mid-2016. The nationwide rollout is due to be completed by 2021.

NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley said: “We’re getting on with the job of rolling out the NBN in every state and territory. Our plan is to deliver better broadband to every Australian over the remaining 8 years of this 10-year build.”

NBN Co also sad that in areas where its fibre network has been up and running for  more than 12 months, around a third of eligible families have already purchased an NBN package.

http://www.nbnco.com.au/

Huawei Discloses 400G Photonic Integrated Device

Huawei announced the development of a photonic integrated device (PID) that leverages advanced modulation and digital signal processing (DSP) technology to support 40 Gbps, 100 Gbps, 400 Gbps and  higher transmission rates.  Huawei said its device can achieve distances of up to 80 km without the need for a complex design at the photonic layer or auxiliary units such as optical amplifiers and dispersion compensation modules (DCMs). The device supports multi-service native transport and is implemented on a single 2 cm2 chip.

Huawei will used this new-generation PID chip for a smart line card for its Hybrid MSTP products. The smart line card supports the native and unified transport of different types of services (including Ethernet, ATM, and TDM) over one port, as well as smooth evolution among these services, effectively protecting operators' infrastructure investment.

"The surge in data traffic has created a growing demand for bandwidth on metro networks. With support for multi-service transport and smooth network evolution, Huawei's new-generation PID solution helps operators build future-ready networks, while preserving the profits of traditional voice services," said Jack Wang, President of the Huawei Transport Network Product Line.

http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/newsroom/press-release/hw-260599-pidtnmo.htm

Ericsson Sells Power Cable Business for US$38.4 Million

Ericsson has sold its power cable operation to NKT Cables, one of the largest power cable manufacturers in Europe, for about SEK 250 million (US$38.4 million).  The business unit is a leading supplier of medium voltage products to the Nordic utility groups. It is an important supplier of low voltage products to the wholesalers and installers in Sweden.

The net sales for the power cable operation in 2012 was approximately SEK 1.5 billion.

Ericsson said this transaction will generate a net loss of approximately SEK -100 million, however NKT Cables will take over a factory in Falun, Sweden.

http://www.ericsson.com/press

http://www.nktcables.com

China Mobile Guangxi Tests Ericsson's City Site Base Stations


China Mobile Guangxi Branch is testing Ericsson's City Site radio solution in its commercial GSM network on a trial basis in Nanning, Guangxi.

Ericsson's City Site, which has been deployed with the standard RBS6601 base station, has an integrated Omni Antenna covering a small area.   In addition, the City Site has also been equipped with functions such as electronic advertising, clock and public information inquires with touch-screen technology.

Ericsson said its City Site design has fewer limitations for site selection compared with standard radio base station, as it can be deployed in crowded areas, and is suitable for a variety of places, such as railway stations, business districts, schools, parks, squares, and main avenues.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/130502-city-site_244129228_c

Thursday, May 2, 2013

CTO Perspectives: Radisys' Manish Singh on Network Innovation

Converge! Digest: Every study points to an aggressive growth in mobile video traffic over the next few years.  How will the network evolve to address this challenge?

Manish Singh:  Yes, if you look at the fastest growing segment of the mobile networks, it is video.

One of the challenges operators face is that  traffic is not necessarily monetizable.  So what Radisys is doing is really enabling operators to take all of this video and find ways to increase ARPU. 

We're trying to bring new services to market that will enable operators to start monetizing video, especially real-time video.  For example, video conferencing is a great solution that operators can offer as a premium service to enterprises.  Other examples are video ringback tones or video mail -- these are interesting services that can be customized by the consumer and have great appeal, at least in certain geographies, while being monetizable.  

Think of advanced business services.  Today you may call an airline and reach their interactive voice response system.  We believe that tomorrow, with all the smartphones and network infrastructure in place, the airline should be able to provide an interactive voice and interactive video response system that correctly communicates with the consumer. So services like these, where video truly enables a better real-time communications experience, are going to be hot.  

I believe there is a lot of potential for operators to monetize this traffic, drive ARPU up, and deliver a better experience to the consumer. 

Converge! Digest:  One of the big challenges that operators face is how to scale their networks for millions or even tens of million of LTE users.  What technologies do you see having a big impact here?

Manish Singh:  When it comes to network scalability, different dimensions come into play.

In the control plane layer, for example, workloads like MMEs or HLRs or PCRF, lend themselves very well for virtualization as well as scalability through cloud computing architectures.

So what we need is the right platform for virtualized payloads to scale up.  These could also provide workload consolidation to free up resources for other applications.

Converge! Digest: How do you expect the core network of mobile operators to evolve over the next 5 years?

Manish Singh:  Looking 5 years out, what I see is that a lot of the control plane infrastructure and a lot of the service plane infrastructure in the operator's core and IMS is going to get virtualized and will really be enabled by cloud-like technologies.  

The underlying platforms need to be telecom-grade so that the operators are not making any tradeoffs of five-nines versus cloud.  This means bringing a five-nine's carrier-grade cloud platform.  

In the data plane layer I also see a lot of gateways and policy enforcement platforms will have edge routing capacities built in. A lot of load balacing capabilities will also be brought into these gateways and they will be further enabled by SDN. So that's what I see five years ahead.

Converge! Digest: A lot of people say software is the future of networking. What does it take to be a key player in this area?

Manish Singh:  The future of networking is definitely going to be enabled by software but at the same time carriers will still need the underlying hardware to make it functional and secure.  

From a Radisys perspective, to really get to software enabled networks, we known that we must supply hardware solutions for edge routing, load balancing, compact gateways, etc.  We also must deliver the software required for an integrated solution while enabling our customers to be able to create a differentiated product.  

Converge! Digest:  Radisys has talked about an end-to-end vision for network evolution. How are the pieces of this solution coming together?

Manish Singh:  We do believe that operators need to maximize spectrum utilization in the RAN in order to effectively deal with the tsunami.  To do that, small cells are essential.  

We have developed a complete software solution for small cells.  We did that for 3G and are doing so again for LTE small cell solutions.  In fact, we recently announced the world's first small cell deployment at scale by network operator in South Korea.  This was enabled by our software and we are very pleased with the progress here.  Our partners now have over 30 active small cell trials underway with major operators around the world. In addition, we are moving the ball ahead with small cell solutions for LTE-Advanced -- we've had a world-first demonstration at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona showing LTE-Advanced with carrier aggregation in a small cell.  

So that's what we are doing in the RAN.  Further down in the packet core, we have an undisputed leadership position with our ATCA platforms.  These are enabling a wide range of network functions in both the control plane and the data plane.  We've added deep packet inspection (DPI) capabilities in these platforms to deliver policy enforcement capabilities.

As we look forward, we see a lot of interest building up in network virtualization and software defined networking (SDN) technologies.  Given our strong track record in the telecommunications field, Radisys is going to bring the right solutions forward for network virtualization functions at the control layer as well as SDN capabilities in the data plane.

Moving further on into the network's IMS domain, we also believe that wnetwork operators need to focus on traffic monetization capabilities that increase ARPU. With our IMS media resource function, we are enabling operators to start monetizing voice over LTE (VoLTE).  As a proof point, Radisys enabled the world's first VoLTE commercial rollout at MetroPCS.  This will be followed with a range of premium services, such as video conferencing, video mail, video ring back tones, interactive voice and video response system for better customer support... so a whole range of opportunites for mobile operators to monetize new traffic.

Converge! Digest: LTE rollouts are now underway by at least 145 operators worldwide, but already we see the next wave of LTE-Advanced moving through the standards committees. Is this next wave of standards upgrades any different from what we've seen before?

Manish Singh:  We know that standards are always a moving target for equipment vendors and network operators. There are many waves of technologies that come in to enable these new services or to bring new efficiencies to the infrastructure. For example, we are now seeing a lot of development in LTE-Advanced going on in the 3GPP working groups.  We are constantly releasing updates to keep pace. Capabilities such as carrier aggregation are becoming very important for LTE-Advanced, so we are bringing this to market. Another hot area of interest is ETSI's work in network function virtualization. Radisy is actively working on that with operators and equipment ecosystem partners to really help shape how the power of the cloud and SDN can deliver a more optimized network.  This could significantly improve network efficiency.  

With our 25-year track record of innovating in the telecom space, Radisys is well positioned to drive this next wave forward.

About Radisys

Radisys (NASDAQ: RSYS) is a market leader enabling wireless infrastructure solutions for telecom, aerospace and defense applications. Radisys’ market-leading ATCAMRF (Media Resource Function)and COM Express platforms coupled with world-renowned Trillium software, services and market expertise enable customers to bring high-value products and services to market faster with lower investment and risk. Radisys solutions are used in a wide variety of 3G & 4G / LTE mobile network applications including: Radio Access Networks (RAN) solutions from femtocells to picocells and macrocells, wireless core network applications, Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and policy management; conferencing and media services including voice, video and data, as well as customized mobile network applications that support the aerospace and defense markets. 

About Manish Singh

Manish joined Radisys in 2011 with the acquisition of Continuous Computing. Prior to Radisys, Manish was the Vice President of Product Line Management at Continuous Computing. Before Continuous Computing, Manish held various engineering management and architect positions at Intel Corporation, Trillium Digital Systems, and C-DOT (Center for Development of Telematics).   Manish has an M.S. degree in computer science from India Institute of Science, Bangalore and a B.S. degree in electronics and telecommunication from Shri G.S. Institute of Technology & Science, Indore and sits on the Femto Forum board of directors.









CTIA: U.S. Mobile Operators Invested $30.1 Billion in 2012, up 19%


The U.S. wireless providers increased their annual network investments from $25.3 billion in 2011 to $30.1 billion in 2012 (up 19 percent), according to CTIA-The Wireless Association's semi-annual survey. CTIA represents the U.S. wireless communications industry. The investments represent approximately 25% of the world's total wireless capital expenditures fo 2012 , even though the U.S. has only five percent of the world's wireless users.

"The wireless industry invested billions of dollars to improve their networks and their customers' coverage in 2012, fueling the 'virtuous cycle' of innovation. New devices, apps and content were developed so consumers could take advantage of the faster network speeds and capabilities. That's why the U.S. leads the world in wireless innovation and competition," said Steve Largent, President and CEO, CTIA. "

Some highlights of the CTIA's year-end 2012 annual survey of U.S. mobile operators:

  • Wireless subscriber connections: 326.4 million (102 percent penetration); 2011: 315.9 million (3.3 percent increase).
  • Total prepaid / pay-as-you-go subscribers: 76.4 million (23.4 percent of subscribers); 2011: 71.7 million (6.6 percent increase).
  • Wireless network data traffic: 1.468 trillion megabytes; 2011: 866.8 billion (69.3 percent increase).
  • Active smartphones and wireless-enabled PDAs: 152.1 million; 2011: 111.5 million (36.4 percent increase).
  • Wireless-enabled tablets, laptops and modems: 22.3 million; 2011: 20.2 million (10.2 percent increase).
  • Minutes of Use (MOU): 2.2999 trillion; 2011: 2.2955 trillion (4.4 billion minute increase or .2 percent).
  • SMS sent and received: 2.19 trillion; 2011: 2.3 trillion (4.9 percent decrease).
  • MMS sent and received: 74.5 billion; 2011: 52.8 billion (41 percent increase).

http://www.ctia.org/advocacy/research/index.cfm/AID/10316

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom: 61% of Broadband Lines Now on FTTx

Taiwan-based Chunghwa Telecom reported Q1 2013 net revenue of NT$56.63 billion (US$1.92 billio), up 2.1% compared to last year.  This total was comprised of 49.3% mobile, 10.6% internet, 31.9% domestic fixed, 6.7% international fixed, and the remainder was from other businesses.

Some highlights for Q1 2013:

  • As of March 31st, the number of FTTx subscribers reached 2.79 million, accounting for 61.2% of total broadband users. Moreover, the number of subscribers signing up for 50Mbps and higher speed connections increased by 81.9%, reaching 964,000.  
  • Broadband access revenue, including ADSL and Fiber connections (FTTx), increased by 2.0% to NT$4.83 billion, demonstrating continued success in migrating subscribers to higher speed fiber services.
  • Total revenue for the mobile business increased to NT$27.90 billion for the first quarter 2013, representing 9.1% growth. The increase was primarily due to growth in mobile VAS revenue and handset sales from smartphone promotions.  This increase offset a decline in mobile voice revenue due to promotional packages and the National Communication Committee mandated tariff reductions.

  • Chunghwa's internet business revenue decreased by 2.7% to NT$6.02 billion in the first quarter of 2013.  The decrease was primarily attributable to lower ICT project revenue which offset the increase in HiNet ISP revenue and internet VAS revenue.
  • Domestic fixed revenue totaled NT$18.05 billion, representing a 5.9% decrease. Local service revenue decreased by 7.6% mainly due to mobile and VoIP substitution. Moreover, the 15.2% revenue decline in the DLD business was primarily due to tariff reduction which began in January 2012 and was reflected one month later in the February 2012 financials, resulting in a higher year over year comparison basis.
  • Broadband access revenue, including ADSL and Fiber connections (FTTx), increased by 2.0% to NT$4.83 billion, demonstrating continued success in migrating subscribers to higher speed fiber services.
  • International fixed revenue increased by 4.8% to NT$3.82 billion, mainly due to higher international long distance service and leased line revenue.
  • Total CAPEX for the first quarter of 2013 increased by 12.6% to NT$7.53 billion. Total capex was comprised of: 54.6% domestic fixed communications, 26.3% mobile, 15.7% internet, 1.9% international fixed communications, and the remainder was for other uses.

http://www.cht.com.tw/en/

Sprint Gives 60-Day Notice on Shutdown of iDEN Network


Sprint confirmed that June 29, 2013 will be the last full day of service for its Nextel iDEN network.

Sprint said it will shut down iDEN switch locations in rapid succession on June 30, followed by powering down equipment and eliminating backhaul at each cell site.

The transition of Sprint’s push-to-talk service from iDEN to CDMA is part of the company’s Network Vision plans. Customer migration initiatives have been underway for the past 11 months.

http://www.sprint.com


  • The Sprint iDEN network traces its roots to the 1987 foundation of FleetCall, which later became Nextel Communications in 1993. Sprint acquired Nextel in 2005. The Nextel network operates in the 800MHz Specialized Mobile Radio band and uses iDEN technology developed by Motorola.

Mellanox to Showcase Quagga L3 Stack on its Ethernet Silicon


Mellanox Technologies is planning to showcase its new Open Ethernet platforms at next week's Interop in Las Vegas.

The Open Ethernet demonstration will include Quagga L3 open source stack running on top of Mellanox’s SwitchX based 10/40/56GbE switch systems.

Mellanox describes its Open Ethernet initiative as an alternative approach to traditional closed-code Ethernet switches, providing customers with full flexibility and freedom to custom-design their data center in order to optimize utilization, efficiency and overall return-on-investment.

"Our demonstration with Quagga highlights the power of Open Ethernet to provide the capability to fully customize open source software packages on top of Mellanox 40 and 56GbE switches, enabling our customers to add differentiation and competitive advantages in their networking infrastructure while reducing cost," said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies.

http://www.mellanox.com/interop2013/