Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ericsson to Offer "Small Cell as a Service"

Ericsson will begin offering "Small cell as a Service" in urban areas where it is not practical to densify existing operator networks.  The Ericsson service involves using low-powered, short-range radio access nodes to supplement existing telecom networks and increase capacity in traffic hot spots where large numbers of users gather. The plan would seamlessly combine 3G/4G with carrier-grade Wi-Fi while allowing for the monetization of dedicated media content, advertising and over-the-top services.

The resulting densified network would be owned by either Ericsson or a partner, and could serve multiple operators in scenarios when dedicated operator deployments are impractical. Ericsson would in essence take over the existing network infrastructure, which – depending on the type of
environment – could be either a distributed antenna system (DAS), a Wi-Fi system or both.

Ericsson said it is well positioned to enter the business of "Small Cell as a Service" because of its ability to plan, design and operate networks in very challenging radio environments.

"This is an innovative managed services model that we are launching to cope with the huge volumes of traffic that are generated in areas where large numbers of people gather. Our solution is unique because of our ability to seamlessly combine 3G/4G with carrier-grade Wi-Fi, thereby ensuring that network capacity always exceeds demand," stated Jean-Claude Geha, Vice President and Head of Managed Services, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com

Ericsson Launches Virtualized Evolved Packet Core

Ericsson is launching a virtualized version of its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution including implementations that can run on third party hardware.

Key components of Ericsson's virtual Evolved Packet Core include virtual Evolved Packet Gateway, virtual SGSN-MME, virtual Service-Aware Policy Controller and virtual Service Aware Support Node.

Ericsson said its solution conforms to the principles of network functions virtualization (NFV).  It will be demonstrated at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Jan Häglund, Head of Product Area IP & Broadband at Ericsson says: "At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we are launching virtual Evolved Packet Core to support operators' transition to a network-enabled cloud. Based on our open platform Ericsson Cloud System, the real-time networking capabilities of Ericsson Service Provider SDN and our Telecom Cloud Transformation service, we support operators' next step to enable the networked society and provide innovative services."

http://www.ericsson.com

Cisco's Q2 Revenue Falls 8% YoY

Cisco reported Q2 revenue of $11.2 billion, net income (GAAP) of $1.4 billion or $0.27 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.5 billion or $0.47 per share. Q2 sales were down 8% compared to the same period a year earlier, and net income declined 54.5% in part due to a pre-tax charge of $655 million related to the expected cost of remediation of issues with memory components in certain products sold in prior fiscal years.

"We delivered the results we expected this quarter. I'm pleased with the progress we've made managing through the technology transitions of cloud, mobile, security and video," stated chairman and CEO John Chambers. "Our financials are strong and our strategy is solid. The major market transitions are networking centric and as the Internet of Everything becomes more important to business, cities and countries, Cisco is uniquely positioned to help our customers solve their biggest business problems."

Some highlights from the report:

  • Cisco announced a quarterly dividend of $0.19 per common share, a two-cent increase over the previous quarter's dividend.
  • Gross margin came in at 61.3% compared to 62.3% a year earlier.
  • Geographically, sales were down 5% YoY in the Americas, down 2% in EMEA, and down 5% in APJC.
  • By customer segment, Enterprise were down 2%, while Service Provider sales fell 12% compared to a year earlier.


http://investor.cisco.com/eventdetail.cfm?EventID=140091


  • In its last quarterly conference call on 13-Nov-2013, Cisco warned that revenue would decline 8-10% this quarter (Q2) due to lower demand in certain countries, such as China, due to fallout from the NSA scandal.  Service Provider orders backlog was said to be significantly weaker than expected.

Cisco Cites Memory Component Failure for $655 Million Charge

Cisco said the premature degrading and failure of a memory component used in many of its products between 2005 and 2010 will necessitate to take a charge of $655 million against its earnings to resolve customer support issues.  The bad component from a single supplier, which Cisco has declined to name.

Impacted products include the following:

Enterprise Switching
*Cisco Catalyst 6000 (C6000)
Enterprise Routing (Edge) 
*Integrated Services Router Cisco 18XX (18XX)
*Integrated Services Router Cisco 28XX (28XX)
*Integrated Services Router Cisco 38XX (38XX) 

Integrated Services Router Cisco 800BB (800BB)
Enterprise Switching (Access)
Cisco Catalyst 2960 (C2960)
Cisco Catalyst 3560 (C3560)
Cisco Catalyst 3750 (C3750)
Enterprise Wireless
Cisco Aironet 11XX Series (AIR11X)
Cisco Aironet 12XX Series (AIR12X)
Service Provider Routing (Edge)
Cisco 7200 Series Router (7200)
Cisco 7304 Router (7304)
Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR1000)
Cisco 7304 Router Shared Port Adapters (SPA)
Service Provider Routing (Access) 
Cisco ME 3400 Series Ethernet Access Switches (ME3400)
Service Provider Routing
*Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS)
*Cisco 7600 Series Routers (7600) 

Cisco Embedded Services Routers (ESR)
Service Provider Mobility 
Cisco ASR 5000 Series (ASR5000)
Service Provider Video 
*Cisco uBR10000 Series Universal Broadband Routers (UBR10K)
Cisco uBR7200 Series Universal Broadband Routers (UBR7200)
Data Center 
Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches (MDS)
Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches (N7K)
Security
Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA)
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)

http://www.cisco.com/web/about/doing_business/memory.html#~impacted

Poland Cancels LTE Spectrum Auction

Poland's Office of Electronic Communications abruptly decided to cancel the spectrum auction for licences in the 791-816 MHz band and in the 832-857 MHz band, as well as in the 2500-2570 MHz band and in the 2620-2690 MHz band.  Initial bids were initially due on 13-February-2014, however this period was extended by one day due to technical reasons.  After having made this extension, the President of the Office of Electronic Communications decided to cancel the entire auction because some bidders complained that the auction environment was not stable and predictable, possibly leading to legal uncertainties.

http://www.en.uke.gov.pl/the-president-of-uke-cancels-the-frequency-auction-stability-and-legal-certainty-are-the-supreme-values-13379

Cambium Launches Sub-6 GHz Backhaul Radio for Small Cells

Cambium Networks introduced a Point-to-Point (PTP) 650S Small Cell backhaul radio that delivers up to 450 Mbps aggregate throughput at 2km and packaged in a small form factor suitable for mounting on the sides of buildings or poles.

The Cambium PTP 650S is a sub-6 GHz point-to-point (PTP) wireless backhaul solution tailored for small cell networks. Non-line-of-sight (NLOS) installations are made possible by 2x2 multiple-input multiple-output orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (MIMO-OFDM) and Dynamic Spectrum Optimization (DSOTM) technologies. Bands supported include 4.9, 5.2, 5.4 and 5.8 GHz frequencies, and future support of 2.6 and 3.5 GHz is planned. Timing and synchronization support includes IEEE 1588v2 and Synchronous Ethernet.

Cambium also noted that with a volume of less than 3 liters volume (or less than 0.1 cubic feet), the PTP650S can qualify as “De Minimis” in certain European countries and the UK, and therefore does not require planning permission enable rapid small cell deployments.

"Performance, reliability, scalability and agility are the cornerstones of all of our platforms. In PTP 650S, we have given all of these qualities a boost with built-in technologies: dynamic spectrum optimization (DSO), IEEE 1588v2, Synchronous Ethernet, and dual stack IPv4 and IPv6 support to name a few,” said Scott Imhoff, vice president of product management, Cambium Networks. “With small cell networks continuing to proliferate and require additional support, in addition to the need for flexible platforms to suit global connectivity spanning industries and applications, the timing for PTP 650S’s release couldn’t be better."

http://www.cambiumnetworks.com/products/ptp/ptp-650s

Ericsson Packs More Radio Capacity into Outdoor Enclosures

Ericsson introduces a modular All-in-One Outdoor Enclosure that houses and powers multi-standard radio, transmission, power and climate equipment for high-capacity mobile broadband sites. Built to complement its RBS 6000 portfolio, the maximum high-capacity configuration houses up to 8 digital units, 18 radios and 4 MINI-LINK hops in a footprint of less than 0.5 square meters (70 x 70 cm).

Thomas Norén, Vice President and Head Product Area Radio, Business Unit Networks, Ericsson says: "Optimizing outdoor enclosures is an important area for operators to reduce time-to-service. The All-in-One Outdoor Enclosure helps them to add capacity cost-efficiently, enabling them to handle the massive data growth in the Networked Society."

http://www.ericsson.com

China Telecom Tests Embedded OTDR with Huawei

China Telecom has conducted the first commercial tests of Embedded OTDR (eOTDR) technology in its live fiber access network in Xinjiang province.

An optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR), uses scattered and reflected light to measure transmission quality along optical fibers, and is primarily used for fiber testing and troubleshooting. Huawei's eOTDR(Embedded OTDR)is embedded in an OLT PON optical module.  It works with the company's Line Assurance System iManager N2510 to effectively identify physical connections and optical fiber attenuation.

Huawei said its OTDR-embedded optical modules are the same size as standard optical modules and can be easily deployed on an FTTx network to assist with troubleshooting. This technique does not require serious network reconstruction, such as fiber connection modifications or optical network terminal (ONT) adjustment, nor does it interrupt services during the troubleshooting process.

China Telecom implemented Huawei's iManager N2510/eOTDR solution and completed testing across their entire live network. The test results demonstrated that this solution can locate all backbone fiber faults and the majority of branch fiber faults, work with a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) to demarcate faults and effectively reduce 40% O&M field engineer workload. Moreover, once ODN construction is completed, this solution can test fiber quality and maintain quality data, report alarms in the event of quality deterioration by implementing periodic testing and facilitate rapid response troubleshooting to reduce compliant and improve customer satisfaction. China Telecom has endorsed the test results.

http://www.huawei.com/en/

NSN and Huawei Sign Bilateral OSS Interoperability Agreement

NSN and Huawei announced a commitment to cross-license the OSS interfaces used for multi-vendor management as part of the OSS interoperability initiative (OSSii) - a first between major vendors.

Under the OSSii agreement, NSN and Huawei will cross-license their proprietary Element Management System (EMS) interfaces. The agreement allows NSN and Huawei  to use the proprietary EMS interfaces for systems integration and provides the rights to develop, manufacture and sell the integrations as part of their OSS system. In the signed agreement, the two companies also define interoperability testing practices.

“This agreement will bring a whole new level of agility to multi-vendor integrations.” said Peter Patomella, vice president for CEM and OSS at NSN. “We have an industry-leading CEM and OSS portfolio, and OSSii will allow our customers to derive the best possible business value from it, with reduced focus on integration aspects.”

http://www.ossii.info

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tellabs Unveils New Edge Routers for LTE-A

Tellabs is rolling out new edge routers designed to support LTE-advanced networks and for integration with Coriant's multilayer SDN solutions for mobile networks.

The new products include:

  • Tellabs 8665 Smart Router - a new 900 Gbps full duplex IP/MPLS router featuring a small footprint, low power consumption, and future scalability to 3 Tbps. It offers Ethernet interfaces from 1 to 100 Gbps. It promises seamless evolution for Tellabs Smart Routers managed by the Tellabs® 8000 Intelligent Network Manager. Its IP routing and Ethernet switching capabilities, aligned with other Tellabs 8600 Smart Routers, support mobile operators as they build and scale LTE and LTE-Advanced networks.
  • Tellabs 8615 Smart Router  - a new router optimized for mobile and fixed-mobile converged networks. It offers 44 Gbps throughput in a compact 1RU unit. In the future, two Tellabs 8615 routers can be stacked to provide 88 Gbps throughput.
  • Tellabs 8602 Smart Router - a compact, environmentally hardened, full featured 6-port IP/MPLS router with a water- and dust-proof (IP 67) design. The Tellabs 8602 router enables plug-and-play autoconfiguration through SON (Self Organizing Network) capabilities, speeding deployment of small cells and macrocells. It’s the first in a line of a new series of smart next-generation routers.
  • Tellabs Integrated GPS (GNSS) SFP Module -- extends Tellabs’ packet synchronization capabilities (e.g., IEEE1588v2, SynchE, ACR). It enables a flexible and cost-efficient Time-of-Day and Phase Synchronization in mobile backhaul networks, which is critical as networks evolve to LTE-TDD and LTE-Advanced. It enables substantial capital expense savings compared with external GPS receiver solutions. The GPS SFP is managed by the Tellabs intelligent manager, delivering simple and consistent support of synchronization across the network.
  • New user interface for Tellabs Insight Analytics Services offers dashboards focused on operators’ top concerns in mobile backhaul networks. 

http://www.tellabs.com

In January, Marlin Equity Partners announced plans to integrate the majority of Tellabs into its new Coriant optical transport company, while spinning off the access product line of Tellabs into an independent company. Marlin's acquisition of Tellabs was completed in December.

Tellabs currently supplies packet-optical, mobile backhaul and Optical LAN networking solutions to telecom service providers, independent operating companies, MSO/cable companies, enterprises and government agencies.  Under this plan, the optical LAN product line will be spun out into Tellabs Access, which will also continue to provide residential access products to service providers. Mike Dagenais has been named President and CEO of Tellabs Access business. Previously, Dagenais served as CEO of Radisys Corporation and as president and CEO of Continuous Computing.  He also served as president and CEO of Optical Solutions, Inc. and president and COO of Convergent Networks.

Netsocket's Virtual Edge Brings SDN to Branch Offices

Netsocket introduced a cloud-managed virtual network implementation that lets Service Providers deliver enterprise-capable routing functions and other IT services target small to medium-sized businesses and enterprises with remote office networks.

Netsocket’s Virtual Edge solution leverages the company’s SDN framework for network virtualization and advanced orchestration. The Virtual Edge solution is a fully automated, centrally managed virtual network that enables service providers to deliver managed network services to its business customers -- without the need to travel to a customer site to install, deploy, update or manage the customer’s network.

The solution’s centralized cloud-based network orchestration capabilities are combined with virtual networking software hosted on the low-profile and cost-effective standard x86-based MicroCloud Server at the site.

Netsocket said its the MicroCloud component of NVN ostensibly replaces the traditional costly router, server and Layer 3 switch that would normally be required.  The MicroCloud Server is shipped to the customer site and requires the user to plug-in one cable to unleash full virtual network functionality within minutes.

“Managed Service Providers must find a way to provide affordable network services to smaller business customers and at a profit,” stated Fletcher Hamilton, president and CEO of Netsocket. “Netsocket’s Virtual Edge solution does just that.  MSPs can now offer reliable, affordable network services and extend their reach to a wider range of customers.  We are very excited to pioneer the path for MSPs by delivering a solution that can virtually revolutionize their business and profitability model and in short, result in new revenue streams.”

http://www.netsocket.com

In October, Netsocket introduced its Virtual Network solution for enterprise campuses and distributed office LAN and edge networking environments. Most SDN solutions target data center or metro networks.


Netsocket's Enterprise Edition NVN vNetCommander orchestration application, which now commercially available, is comprised of a three-tier SDN architecture – providing end-to-end virtual networking, centralized orchestration and automation, and superior interoperability and integration with legacy routed networks as well as higher-level management systems such as Microsoft System Center. The Netsocket Virtual Network interconnects enterprise branches in just a few minutes, with no networking expertise required at the site. Its switching and routing components are automatically deployed and provisioned to each branch office using the centralized, intuitive network management application vNetCommander. The company said its web-based GUI, the vNetCommander, can handle automated deployment, installation, configuration and orchestration of virtualized networks all from a centralized console.

ONF Publishes Open SDN Migration Use Cases and Methods

The Open Networking Foundation's Migration Working Group published recommendations for organizations looking to migrate to software-defined networks based on the OpenFlow standard.

The :Migration Use Cases and Methods" paper summarizes best practices and lessons learned from real-world open SDN migration use cases and deployments from different network domains. Referenced examples include Google’s inter-data center WAN use case, NTT’s provider edge use case, and Stanford’s campus network use case. The “Migration Use Cases and Methods” document describes a framework for migration methods exemplified by a set of target networks and offers a variety of requirements to ensure a complete and successful migration to SDN.

“SDN is making a dramatic impact on the networking industry, and many business and technology decision makers, including CTOs and those who own and operate networks, are seeking recommendations and best practices for SDN migration,” said Justin Dustzadeh, chief technology officer and vice president of technology strategy at Huawei, and chair of the Open Networking Foundation Migration Working Group. “The Migration Working Group’s ‘Migration Use Cases and Methods’ document is a valuable resource that can help network operators gain insights into real-world SDN migration use cases and learn more about the process of migrating services to an OpenFlow-based, software-defined network.”

The ONF Migration Working Group was chartered in April 2013 to produce methods, guidelines, systems, and tools to migrate network services from a traditional network to an OpenFlow-based, software-defined network. The Working Group brings together practitioners who have carried out, or are interested in carrying out software-defined network migrations in order to reduce associated risks.

“ONF focuses on encouraging the adoption of open SDN, and a pivotal step in doing so is providing the information necessary to help operators and end users successfully migrate to a software-defined network, taking into account the significant investments they have made in their existing networks,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “This document from the Migration Working Group is an excellent starting point to help those considering a software-defined network make migration a reality.”

The “Migration Use Cases and Methods” document can be found at:
https://www.opennetworking.org/images/stories/downloads/sdn-resources/use-cases/Migration-WG-Use-Cases.pdf

Sprint Posts Better Numbers in Q4 as LTE Network Expands

Sprint reported Q4 operating revenue of more than $9.1 billion and an operating losss of $576 million in the fourth quarter, a 22 percent year-over-year improvement. Quarterly Adjusted EBITDA was $1.15 billion, up nearly 40 percent year-over-year.

“In 2013 Adjusted EBITDA and Sprint platform wireless revenues grew significantly while we made investments to improve network performance and expand 4G LTE to more than 200 million people,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “As we roll out Sprint SparkTM and create innovative offers like Sprint Framily, we are building a foundation for future success.”

Sprint ended the year with 53.9 million Sprint platform subscribers – its highest level ever – after adding 58,000 postpaid subscribers, 322,000 prepaid subscribers and 302,000 wholesale and affiliate subscribers in the fourth quarter. Sprint sold 5.6 million smartphones in the fourth quarter and 20.5 million smartphones for the year with smartphone sales mix reaching 95 percent for postpaid and 66 percent for prepaid in the quarter.

Some additional highlights:

  • Sprint's LTE footprint now covers more than 200 million people and the company continues to expect that by the middle of this year LTE coverage will reach 250 million people and the voice/3G network modernization deployment will be complete.
  • Sprint currently has nearly 33,000 Network Vision sites on air, an increase of more than 24,000 sites over the last 12 months. 
  • During the fourth quarter the company unveiled Sprint Spark – a combination of advanced network and device technology with the potential to surpass wireless speeds of any U.S. network provider, capable of delivering 50-60 Megabits per second peak speeds today with potential speeds three times as fast by late 2015. 
  • Sprint Spark, the network upgrade that leverages the company’s 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz spectrum together with devices offering tri-band capability and high-definition voice, is now in 14 markets. Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of America’s largest cities during the next three years. By the end of this year, 100 million Americans are expected to have Sprint Spark coverage. 
  • The company expects 2014 capital expenditures of approximately $8 billion.


http://www.sprint.com

IBM Launches Partner Resources for Cloud, Big Data & Analytics

IBM is launching an expanded set of resources to help its partner developers capture opportunities driven by the strategic areas of cloud computing, big data and analytics, mobile computing, social business, Watson and security.  The Power Development Platform provides developers with no-charge access to IBM Power Systems servers in the cloud to build, port and test applications.

"As the world is being transformed by cloud, mobile, social, big data and analytics, we need to enable our Business Partners to transform with it so they can take full advantages of the opportunities these changes bring," said Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain. "Our goal is to provide our Business Partners with the broadest set of capabilities, programs, incentives and solutions in the industry, allowing them to move to higher-value opportunities and achieve greater success."

IBM said its Power Development Platform provides developers worldwide with remote access to the latest IBM POWER7 and POWER7+ processor-based servers running Linux, AIX and IBM i operating systems. Once up and running on the platform, developers have access to the same hardware platform -- Power Systems – that, together with Linux, powers IBM Watson's cognitive computing solutions. Additionally, the platform includes a new Linux porting image with IBM DB2 10.x, IBM WebSphere 8.5.5, and the latest Linux development tools for Power. The platform also serves as an entry point to the full IBM Software Group Software Access Catalog, which contains current versions of hundreds of downloadable IBM software applications.

IBM also announced a new FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution, which is designed to directly integrate IBM's virtualization software with the FlashSystem 840.  The solution leverages Software Defined Flash, which enables increasing data volumes to be stored, accessed and analyzed – in real-time – through flash-optimized data virtualization.

http://www.ibm.com

Broadcom and NSN Demo LTE-Advanced at 300 Mbps

Broadcom, Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Finnish operator Elisa demonstrated LTE Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation Category 6 (Cat 6) data rates of 300 Mbps on a live commercial network.

The end-to-end test was completed on Elisa’s commercial LTE network in Finland with Broadcom’s LTE-A Cat 6 technology using inter-band carrier aggregation and NSN’s Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. The test was performed by aggregating two 20 MHz channels in the 1800 MHz band (LTE Band 3) and the 2600 MHz band (LTE Band 7) to reach speeds of 300 Mbps.

“LTE-A Category 6 is the number one priority for operators as they look to deploy the next speed enhancement to their networks,” said Robert Rango, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and Wireless Group, Broadcom. “The success of this test demonstrates Broadcom’s ability to engineer advanced LTE modem features to address stringent carrier requirements for speed and interoperability."

“This live network demonstration with 300 Mbps mobile data speed is a great example of possibilities of the mobile technology. It’s a major step towards delivering the best possible experience to our customers. In addition to the extremely high maximum data speeds, it will also offer much more capacity for mobile broadband customers,” said Dr Eetu Prieur, Head of Access Networks from Elisa.

“This test underlines the strong partnership between Elisa and NSN, one that dates back to the world’s first GSM network,” said Petteri Terho, Account Director at NSN in Finland. “After jointly building LTE networks on 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz, NSN enabled the operator to launch Finland’s first 800 MHz LTE network in January this year. Now, in collaboration with Broadcom we have showcased how our technical expertise and best-in-class equipment can help Elisa address subscriber demands in the future.”

http://www.nsn.com

Israel's Bezeq Deploys ECI Telecom's Apollo Platform for 100G

Bezeq International, Israel’s leading telecommunications company, has deployed ECI Telecom's Apollo packet-optical transport system in a 100G network.

ECI's Apollo family of packet-optical platforms brings transparent aggregation and transport of services over 10G to 100G WDM links. It offers 100G optical performance, OTN fabric, a variety of ROADM modules and configurations, tunable lasers, and a GMPLS-based control plane.

​For the​ Bezeq deployment, 100G optical links are used to aggregate ten channels of 10G over a single wavelength, including Ethernet, FC and SDH channels, providing a cost-effective tenfold increase in network capacity.

​​ECI said this deployment follows the 100G trial carried out in March 2013 over Bezeq International’s live operational submarine fiber. The trial, conducted in conjunction with the Tera Santa Consortium, as part of its research on long-distance adaptive coherent channel behavior, demonstrated the advanced capabilities of ECI 100G transmission system and technologies in compensating for non-linear channel impairments and chromatic dispersion utilizing advanced SD-FEC algorithms.

http://www.ecitele.com

Cyan Posts Q4 Sales of $21 Million, Citing Cautious Customer Ordering

Cyan reported Q4 revenue of $20.9 million compared with $29.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $37.7 million for the third quarter of 2013. GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter was $13.7 million, or $0.29 per share, compared with a net loss of $8.0 million, or $3.13 per share, in the same period last year, and a net loss of $8.6 million, or $0.19 per share, for the third quarter of 2013.

“Our fourth quarter results were impacted by cautious customer order patterns and a significantly greater than expected decline in revenue from our largest customer. However, we achieved a number of milestones in the fourth quarter that demonstrate the continued adoption of our Z-Series packet-optical and Blue Planet SDN and NFV platforms, including delivering the first software controlled and fully automated carrier SDN network in a multi-vendor network to a leading carrier in Europe,” stated Mark Floyd, Cyan’s chairman and chief executive officer.


AT&T Mobility Reaches Labor Deal with CWA

AT&T Mobility reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America covering more than 11,500 AT&T Mobility employees in CWA District 3 – the Southeast Region, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and St. Croix, USVI.

The agreement covers wages, pension, work rules and disability benefits. CWA members in October 2012 ratified a separate four-year benefit agreement for all CWA-bargained Mobility employees nationwide covering health care and certain other benefits.  The deal will now be voted on by the union members.

http://www.att.com