Thursday, October 23, 2014

Freescale Debuts 64-bit ARM-based Processor for SDN/NFV

Freescale introduced a power-efficient, 64-bit ARM-based processor designed for highly virtualized, software-defined networks.

The new QorIQ LS1043A quad-core processor delivers 1.5 GHz of performance and requires power as low as just 6 W to operate. The device integrates four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cores, delivering 10+ Gbps and an estimated 16,000+ CoreMarks of CPU performance.

It features advanced virtualization hardware, supports flexible, secure cloud application updates with Freescale’s trust architecture, and offloads latency sensitive applications for optimized local performance with proven classification and traffic management hardware.

Freescale said its design target with this processor includes affordable vCPE products and other next-generation edge networking equipment, such as branch routers, security appliances and SDN/NFV edge platforms.

Freescale's QorIQ LS1043A includes a wide range of high-speed I/O for wired and wireless systems including 10 GbE plus 5x 1GbE, 3x PCI Express, 3x USB 3.0 with PHYs and SATA 3.0. Freescale’s multi-protocol QUICC Engine module is also incorporated for integrated support of legacy wide area and industrial interfaces.

“Freescale is driving affordable virtualized services by delivering outstanding performance, efficiency and intelligence to the network’s edge,” said Tareq Bustami, vice president and general manager of product management for Freescale’s Digital Networking group. “This new QorIQ LS1043A processor reinforces Freescale’s leadership in providing the world’s top equipment OEMs with optimized platforms for broadly deployed, secure and flexible edge services.”

Zayo Signs O2 for Nationwide UK Network

O2 has awarded a 15-year contract to Zayo to provide and manage a fully resilient core fibre network throughout the UK. The nationwide fibre network, which uses the acquired Geo Networks infrastructure, spans from Glasgow to Salisbury, comprises more than 4,500 route km and incorporates 19 connectivity points around the UK.

Under the agreement, O2's underlying infrastructure will shift from SDH and Ethernet-based managed services infrastructure to a dedicated fibre optic network which connects mobile switching sites across the network. The new infrastructure will provide O2 with flexible capacity to accommodate increasing demand for mobile data driven by its 4G rollout and increasingly digital customer base. The national network will incorporate towns and cities around the UK including Slough, Croydon, Newcastle and London.

"With the O2 4G network now covering over 260 towns and cities and half of the UK population, there has been unprecedented growth in the amount of data traffic transmitted across the network,” said Adrian Di Meo, Chief Technology Officer for O2. “A year after the launch of our 4G network, it has already carried a total of 5,400 Terabytes of 4G data, which is the equivalent of eight million hours of HD video.”

  • Earlier this year, Zayo Group acquired Geo Networks, a London-based dark fiber provider, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition added over 2,100 route miles to Zayo’s European network, and connectivity to 587 on-net buildings. Geo owned and operated a high capacity fiber network in the UK, providing managed networks, dark fiber and co-location services to a variety of high-bandwidth sectors including media companies, service providers, financial services, data centers and gaming organizations.
    Geo’s 100-route mile London network is housed in the London sewer system, which minimizes the threat of physical faults, boosting reliability and security, and enabling rapid deployment with minimum disruption.  The network reaches 130 data centers across the UK. Geo also operates a diverse optical fiber subsea system, East-West Ring, providing diverse connectivity to Dublin, a strategic hub for data centers and cloud service providers.

Nokia Optimizes 3G Signaling and Boosts Smartphone Performance

Nokia Networks announced a High Speed Cell FACH software feature that significantly improves smartphone performance on 3G networks, cutting smartphone-generated network signaling by up to 80%, boosting response time by up to 65% and achieving up to 20% faster browsing.

The figures were obtained from tests run on the commercial 3G/HSPA network of a major European operator using test devices fitted with Qualcomm  Snapdragon™ processors that support High Speed Cell FACH.

Nokia said its High Speed Cell FACH can handle small data packets from popular apps more efficiently to improve the overall customer experience and enable operators to support a higher number of smartphones on their networks.

A whitepaper is on the Nokia website.

ZTE's Revenue and Profits Soar

ZTE reported that its third-quarter revenue rose 24% to RMB 21.1 billion, as sales of handsets increased more than 40% from a year earlier. ZTE also posted growth in revenue from Carriers’ Networks, including 4G systems, in addition to Telecommunications Software Systems. Net profit attributable to shareholders of the listed company increased to RMB 703 million in the quarter ended 30 September -- an increase of 191% increase in third-quarter profit.

In the first nine months, net profit increased 232% to RMB 1.83 billion, while revenue rose 7.8% to RMB 58.8 billion. ZTE forecast that full-year net profit will be between 2.5 billion to 2.8 billion in 2014, representing year-on-year growth of between 84.1% and 106%.

ZTE said it has been consolidating its position as the leading 4G LTE vendor in China.  The rapid rise in handset sales (up over 40% YoY) came from key markets, including China, the United States and Japan

HP Intros Moonshots for App Delivery, Transcoding, Web Infrastructure

HP introduced ProLiant Moonshot servers based on Intel silicon and aimed at a number of specific use cases, including:

  • Application delivery with Citrix XenApp
  • Video transcoding with Harmonic Inc. and Vantrix
  • Web infrastructure in-a-box
  • Managed web hosting

“A transformative approach to computing is required to enable breakthrough capabilities not possible using traditional servers and move the needle on workload optimization,” said Paul Santeler, vice president and general manager, Moonshot, HP. “The unique architecture of HP Moonshot delivers extreme density and power efficiency. Customers can expand their offerings and prepare for the future, while significantly reducing the complexity of their infrastructure.”

The HP Moonshot solution for application delivery is based on the new HP Moonshot ProLiant m710 server, which features the customized Intel Xeon E3-1284L v3 processor with built-in Intel Iris Pro Graphics P5200. Video transcoding is supported on the HP Moonshot m710 enabled by both Vantrix Media Platform and Harmonic VOS architecture.

The web infrastructure in-a-box solution is based on the HP Moonshot ProLiant m300 server. Companies can  stand up and manage their entire multi-tier web infrastructure within one HP Moonshot chassis or across multiple chassis for maximum scalability and high-availability. The web infrastructure in-a-box features a LAMP stack solution that includes an exclusive Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription model for HP Moonshot servers using Intel Atom processors.

Amazon Web Services Launches in Germany

Amazon Web Services launched its new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region, its 11th technology infrastructure region globally for AWS and the second region in the European Union (EU).  AWS also operates in Ireland.

AWS said all its data centers are designed, built, and regularly audited to meet rigorous compliance standards, including ISO 27001, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), PCI DSS Level 1, and many more, providing high levels of security for all AWS customers. The new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to data centers in separate, distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network.

The AWS EU region in Frankfurt operates on carbon neutral electricity.  It also conforms with EU data protection laws, ensuring that data remains within Germany.
“Our European business continues to grow dramatically,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President, Amazon Web Services. “By opening a second European region, and situating it in Germany, we’re enabling German customers to move more workloads to AWS, allowing European customers to architect across multiple EU regions, and better balancing our substantial European growth.”

The new Frankfurt region provides a broad suite of AWS services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, AWS CloudHSM, Amazon Glacier, Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Storage Gateway, Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR), Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM), AWS CloudTrail, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CloudFormation, AWS OpsWorks, AWS CloudSearch, Amazon SWF, Amazon SQS, Amazon SNS, AWS Direct Connect, and Amazon VPC.

Huawei Unveils Smart Optical Line Terminal

Huawei introduced a "smart: optical line terminal (OLT) with distributed architecture for next generation passive optical networks (NG-PON).

The SmartAX MA5800 is designed for the rapid creation of new network services as fixed broadband increasingly shifts from home access to multi-service access (e.g. enterprise access and Wi-Fi hotspot backhaul), and from simple bandwidth-rental operations to flexible user experience operations.

It leverages a distributed architecture to provide non-blocking access for high-density 10G-PON, 40G-PON, 100G-PON, and WDM-PON. Both the PON and P2P ports on the MA5800 support fixed mobile convergence (FMC) access including home access, enterprise access, mobile backhaul, and Wi-Fi hotspot backhaul. It also supports WDM-PON, which can be used to provide multiple symmetrical P2P channels over one fiber line and features high quality of service (QoS) and high service security.

Huawei also noted SDN-based smart service capability , which enables centralized management on massive ONUs of various types to achieve high O&M efficiency and low OPEX.

"Huawei endeavors to improve the end user's experience and build an intelligent access network with faster broadband, wider coverage, and smarter connection," said Jeff Wang, President of Huawei’s Access Network Product Line. He added, "The new OLT launched by Huawei, the MA5800, supports the FMC service, provides an optimized smart service experience, and unlocks the potential of ultra-broadband enabling carriers to gain an advantage over their competitors."

ADTRAN Enters Carrier Trials

ADTRAN confirmed that it has ultra-broadband trials underway with service providers in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

The company said is moving beyond a technology concept toward a commercial reality

“ FTTdp is an ideal solution to offer ultrafast broadband speeds to our customers, reducing installation impacts and costs of FTTH,” said Andrea Calvi, responsible for IP Networks, at Telecom Italia. “We were pleased to have had ADTRAN demonstrate a real-world FTTdp solution based on the standard.”

“The breadth and geographical reach of our trials demonstrates the market’s appetite for this technology, as operators look to push toward Gigabit speeds in evolutionary steps with rapid ROI,” said Dr. Eduard Scheiterer, senior vice president and managing director, international markets for ADTRAN. “We expect many of these progressive operators to begin finalizing their rollout strategies and procedures in readiness for the general availability of commercial solutions in 2015.”

Napatech Delivers Network Appliance Acceleration for Dell OEM

Napatech released a pre-integrated, pre-tested platform for appliance development based on Dell PowerEdge servers.

The Napatech Acceleration Platform optimizes network analysis applications to ensure full throughput with zero packet loss under all conditions. Other key features include:

  • Precision time-stamping:  nanosecond-precision time synchronization and time-stamping capabilities.
  • Pre-integrated platform available in two configurations: Napatech Acceleration Platform 40G based on Dell PowerEdge R720 with Napatech NT40E3-4-PTP 4 port 10 Gbps accelerator; and Napatech Acceleration Platform 4G based on Dell PowerEdge R620 with Napatech NT4E2-4-PTP 4 port 1 Gbps accelerator.
  • Customized Dell solutions: Customization options from Dell OEM. 
  • Scalability: Scale beyond four ports with the installation of additional Napatech accelerators without need for changes to application software.

NeoPhotonics Acquires EMCORE’s Narrow Linewidth Tunable Lasers

NeoPhotonics agreed to acquire EMCORE Corporation's tunable laser and transceiver product lines for approximately $17.5 million, which consists of $15.0 million and a working capital and inventory adjustment of approximately $2.5 million.  The deal includes production and development fixed assets, inventory and intellectual property for the ECL-based Integrable Tunable Laser Assembly (ITLA), micro-ITLA, Tunable XFP transceiver, tunable optical sub-assemblies and Integrated Coherent Transmitter (ICT) products for 10, 40, 100 and 400G telecommunications networks.

NeoPhotonics said it intends to add the EMCORE tunable lasers to its current product line and to continue to serve EMCORE’s current customers without interruption. EMCORE has supported these products from its facility in Newark, California and NeoPhotonics expects to integrate this business into in its existing Silicon Valley facilities. EMCORE’s revenue for this product line has been approximately $9 million per quarter. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to NeoPhotonics by the second quarter of 2015.

“EMCORE’s narrow linewidth tunable laser product line is highly complementary to our broad existing portfolio of optical components for 100 Gigabits per second coherent transport systems, and this acquisition significantly expands our footprint in this rapidly growing segment,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “EMCORE’s External Cavity Laser tunable laser has the narrowest linewidth in the industry, which we believe will become increasingly important for advanced modulation schemes at 400G and beyond. Combining this business into NeoPhotonics will allow us to provide customers with a full product suite that serves the entire coherent market,” continued Mr. Jenks.

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks to acquire Optoplan

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) agreed to acquire Optoplan, a leading provider of 4D permanent reservoir monitoring solutions used in offshore oil and gas production. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Optoplan, which is based in Trondheim, Norway, develops 4D PRM technology used in seabed seismic surveys. 4D Permanent reservoir monitoring – 4D PRM – requires the permanent installation of seabed sensors to carry out frequent 4D seismic surveys of oil or gas reservoirs, collecting data that can be used by operators to monitor how oil, water and gas move in a reservoir over time. Once processed, the data helps produce detailed maps of underground geological structures, where wells should be drilled and how reservoirs can be drained to recover as much fuel as possible.

ASN said the acquisition extends its expertise in submarine cable systems.

“While ASN is already a leading player in Oil and Gas platform connectivity, Optoplan will extend our capabilities in the Oil & Gas domain, fully supporting the industrial plan to diversify our presence and capture new segments in this highly promising market,” stated Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks.

  • In July, Alcatel-Lucent revealed that it is exploring a potential IPO for its Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) business.  The move could help finance an expansion of its telecom submarine systems and its diversification into the Oil & Gas market.  Alcatel-Lucent plans to retain the majority of the ownership. Subject to market 
conditions, this capital opening is targeted to take place in the first half of 2015.

Riverbed Revenue Rises 6% YoY

Riverbed Technology reported GAAP revenue for Q3'14 was $276 million, compared to $262 million in the third quarter of 2013 (Q3’13), representing 6% year-over-year growth. GAAP net income for Q3'14 was $11.5 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $3.8 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in Q3'13.

“Our third quarter financial results were in-line with our revised guidance. While we are not satisfied with our top line performance, we are pleased to see steady growth in our SteelFusion and SteelCentral businesses,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO. “Our ongoing focus to gain increased operating leverage is evident in our Q3 results, delivering earnings per share in-line with our expectations. We’ve started to execute our previously announced restructuring plans to drive further operational improvements and remain committed to delivering profitable growth and enhancing shareholder value,” continued Kennelly.

Gigamon's Sales Rise 13% Sequentially

Gigamon reported Q3 2014 revenues of $39.3 million, up 13% from the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and up 1% year-over-year. GAAP net loss was $3.0 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $1.5 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

"We are pleased to have delivered sequential revenue growth of 13% and returned to non-GAAP profitability in the third quarter," said Paul Hooper, chief executive officer of Gigamon. "We achieved solid performance in our Enterprise business, generated strong revenue from North America, and continued to see solid demand for our GigaSMART portfolio. We believe these results reflect a stabilization of our business, and we remain focused on bringing our business back to stronger growth rates as we continue to improve execution across our operations."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mobile Edge Computing Initiative to Boost Base Station Capabilities

A new Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) initiative has been formed by Nokia Networks,Vodafone, IBM, Intel, NTT Docomo and Huawei with the goal of bringing standard compute and storage capabilities into wireless base stations.

The initiative, which is organized as a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG), will focus on open architecture and application programming interfaces (APIs) for value creation in mobile multi-vendor environments for a range of computing platforms.

Nokia Networks said this aligns well with its Liquid Applications framework. Recently, the company demonstrated its Liquid Applications with T-Mobile US for low latency vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) services.

“Establishing the MEC initiative with the support of the other stakeholders will create an open multi-vendor environment at the most lucrative point within the mobile network, driving differentiated services, new applications and ultimately new revenues,” said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president, Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks. “It also builds on our view of fundamentally changing the telecom industry through increasing our collaboration with different players and partners.”

A Whitepaper on Mobile Edge Computing is posted on the ETSI site:

EMC to Take Controlling Stake in VCE as Cisco Sells

VCE will become an EMC business as Cisco agrees to sell all but 10% of its equity stake in the joint venture to EMC.

VCE is the joint venture formed in 2009 by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.  VMware is a subsidiary of EMC.

Going forward, VCE will be a subsidiary of EMC and will serve as  "an integration point for technologies from across the company."

VCE's flagship product is its Vblock Systems, a converged infrastructure offering that combines VMware vSphere software running on Cisco Unified Computing Systems (UCS) connected with Cisco Nexus switches, attached to EMC Symmetrix storage. More than 1,000 enterprises and service providers have deployed over 2,000 Vblock Systems worldwide.

Praveen Akkiraju will continue as CEO of VCE.  The company claims over a $2 billion annualized demand run-rate for Vblock and Vblock-related products and services exiting Q3 2014, its sixth consecutive quarter of greater than 50% year-over-year demand growth.

"VCE was created to be a disruptive force by radically transforming and simplifying IT data center architectures, accelerating a shift to cloud computing. It has been a huge success and has changed the conversation with CIOs. VCE's size, scale and market reach now requires a more traditional business structure. Our commitment to increased investment will enable VCE to significantly expand the scale and scope of its solutions, helping customers take better advantage of hybrid cloud and next-generation IT opportunities,” stated Joe Tucci, Chairman and CEO of EMC.

“VCE represents another example of Cisco's strategy of aggressively investing to drive key market transitions. VCE was created to positively disrupt data center architectures utilizing Cisco's UCS and Nexus platforms, and we have been thrilled with the execution, results and customer demand the VCE team has delivered," stated John Chambers, CEO of Cisco.

  • Earlier this month, VCE introduced new and updated Vblock Systems, including the first all Flash-based model. VCE provides pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated converged infrastructure solutions that are delivered and supported by VCE as a single product.
  • In August 2014, VCE announced new development efforts at VMworld 2014 for delivering integrated management solutions for the hybrid cloud.  Specifically, VCE will integrate its converged infrastructure, Vblock Systems, with VMware vCloud Automation Center and VMware vCenter Operations Suite, and provide technology onramps to VMware vCloud Air, enabling customers with seamless management, workload migration and disaster recovery between their private and public cloud environments.  VMware's vCloud Air is an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) public cloud offering that enables an organization to extend its private on-premises IT infrastructure to the public cloud.

  • In 2012, VMware acquired Nicira, a start-up developing SDN switching solutions, for over $1 billion in cash.

IBM and Microsoft Announce Hybrid Cloud Collaboration

IBM and Microsoft agreed to collaborate to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud.

Key points:

  • IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure.
  • Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud.
  • IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM's Bluemix cloud development platform.
  • To support hybrid cloud deployments, IBM will expand support of its software running on Windows Server Hyper-V, and the companies plan to make IBM Pure Application Service available on Azure.

"Together we are creating new opportunities to drive innovation in hybrid cloud," said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, Software and Cloud Solutions Group, IBM. "This agreement reinforces IBM's strategy in providing open cloud technology for the enterprise. Clients will now gain unprecedented access to IBM's leading middleware and will have an even greater level of choice over the tools that they use to build and deploy their cloud environments."

"Microsoft is committed to helping enterprise customers realize the tremendous benefits of cloud computing across their own systems, partner clouds and Microsoft Azure," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft.

Broadcom's Silicon Supports Selective Upgrades on VDSL Systems

Broadcom has begun sampling a line card chipset promising Gigabit performance over currently installed twisted pair copper cabling.

The new BCM65200 DSP and BCM65900 analog front end VDSL chipset with on-chip vectoring and integrated support a new state-of-the-art DSP architecture to deliver unmatched levels of integration.  Incorporating up to 36 lines of VDSL2 or six lines of, plus high-speed vector interfaces that eliminate the need for external PHY and framing devices, the BCM65200/900 family delivers the most power-efficient system solution for high-density G.vector DSLAMs as well as new fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) architectures.

The new chipset also offers full backward-compatibility to existing VDSL and ADSL technologies, including simultaneous G.Fast and G.vector crosstalk cancellation.  This enables operators to selectively deploy to new customers in the same system as VDSL2.

Key features:

  • 28nm process technology
  • 36 ports of VDSL2 17a
  • VDSL2 power consumption per port reduced up to 30 percent
  • Multimode and auto-moding support, selectable per channel, simultaneous support of, G.vector, VDSL2 and ADSL protocols on a per line basis
  • Support for chip-, board- and system- level vectoring modes
  • Integrates all 10G-KR vectoring interfaces; lowering bill-of-materials, size and power consumption and providing direct interface to the line cards

"As an industry leader in G.vector and technologies, Broadcom is supporting the in-progress deployments and trials of operators evaluating cost-effective ways to boost the performance of their broadband services across existing access networks," said Greg Fischer, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access. "Worldwide support for is growing as it enables operators to provide FTTH-like speeds without the cost associated with fiber deployments."

Broadcom already offers a silicon portfolio for residential home gateways, including the BCM63138 with full support for and G.vector deployments.

AT&T Users Migrate to Mobile Share Plans of 10GB+

AT&T added 2 million wireless users in Q3 while making progress in migrating its existing customer base onto Mobile Share plans and away from unlimited data plans.  About 62% of the postpaid customers are now on Mobile Share plans, with more than half on plans sharing 10GB of wireless data per month with family members. The company said its wireless margins have been impacted by strong adoption of Mobile Share Value plans, but that customer satisfaction is increasing.

For the quarter, AT&T reported consolidated revenues of $33.0 billion, up 2.5 percent versus the year-earlier period. Compared with results for the third quarter of 2013, operating expenses were $27.6 billion versus $26.0 billion; operating income was $5.4 billion versus $6.2 billion; and operating income margin was 16.4 percent versus 19.2 percent.

“Our strategy is on track and our investments in giving customers best-in-class service to access content everywhere and on any screen continue to pay off,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “We had strong subscriber growth in wireless and U-verse, and our strategic business services revenues continued to post double-digit growth.” 

Some operational highlights
  • Total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 4.9 percent year over year to $18.3 billion. 
  • Wireless service revenues were essentially flat in the third quarter at $15.4 billion, and wireless equipment revenues increased 44.3 percent to $2.9 billion as more customers chose equipment installment plans versus subsidized devices. 
  • There was a year-over-year reduction in postpaid service ARPU (average revenues per user); however, ARPU improved when compared to the second quarter of 2014. 
  • Phone-only postpaid ARPU decreased 8.0 percent versus the year-earlier 
  • There was a third-quarter net increase in total wireless subscribers of 2 million, led by gains in postpaid and connected devices. The company added 785,000 postpaid subscribers, more than twice as many as in the year-ago third quarter. 
  • Postpaid net adds include 466,000 smartphones. Total branded smartphone net adds (both postpaid and prepaid) were 530,000, including expected declines in legacy Cricket smartphone subscribers. Total branded tablet net adds were 342,000. The company had 434,000 postpaid tablet net adds.
  • At the end of the quarter, 81 percent, or 55.8 million, of AT&T's postpaid phone subscribers had smartphones, up from 75 percent, or 50.6 million, a year earlier. 
  • At the end of the third quarter, 67 percent of AT&T’s postpaid smartphone customers had an LTE-capable device.
  • The company had a third-quarter record 6.8 million postpaid smartphone gross adds and upgrades. 
  • The company also had a record number of customers who brought their own devices — more than 460,000 of postpaid smartphone gross adds. 

  • Total third-quarter wireline revenues were $14.6 billion, down 0.4 percent versus the year-earlier quarter and down slightly versus the second quarter of 2014. 
  • Total U-verse revenues grew 23.8 percent year over year. T
  • hird-quarter wireline operating expenses were $13.3 billion, up 1.6 percent versus the third quarter of 2013. 
  • AT&T’s wireline operating income totaled $1.3 billion, down 17.2 percent versus the third quarter of 2013. T
  • Revenues from residential customers totaled $5.7 billion, an increase of 3.0 percent versus the third quarter a year ago. 
  • U-verse, which includes high speed Internet, TV and Voice over IP, now represents 64 percent of wireline consumer revenues, up from 54 percent in the year-earlier quarter. Consumer U-verse revenues grew 23.2 percent year over year. 
  • U-verse high speed Internet had a third-quarter net gain of 601,000 subscribers, to reach a total of 12.1 million. 

Strategic Business Services
  • Total revenues from business customers were $8.7 billion, down 2.0 percent versus the year-earlier quarter but stable sequentially.
  • Overall, declines in legacy products were partially offset by continued double-digit growth in strategic business services. Revenues from these services, the next-generation capabilities that lead AT&T's most advanced business solutions — including VPNs, Ethernet, cloud, hosting, IP conferencing, VoIP, MIS over Ethernet, U-verse and security services — grew 14.3 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. 
  • These services represent an annualized revenue stream of nearly $10 billion and are more than 28 percent of wireline business revenues in the third quarter.

Wind River Releases Benchmarks for Pattern Matching Engine for NFV

Wind River announced that its high-speed pattern matching software is able to achieve a benchmark of over 36 Gbps on Intel Atom processors and exceeding 280 Gbps on high-end Intel Xeon–based platform.

The Wind River Content Inspection Engine provides the high-speed pattern matching that enables security appliance vendors to scale security performance and intelligence across the network from low-end to high-end platforms. Software pattern matching on Intel architecture enables the optimized performance and scalability needed for resource-intensive Network Function Virtualization (NFV) applications. The Content Inspection Engine, which runs entirely in software, is a high-speed embedded software pattern matching solution that can match large groups of regular expressions against blocks or streams of data. The engine can also search for multiple patterns simultaneously, even when the streams of data are scattered in different memory locations.

Wind River said its Content Inspection Engine, also sold as Hyperscan, now delivers pattern matching throughput of over 36 Gbps on the Intel Atom processor C2000 series, using tier-1 original equipment manufacturer (OEM) IPS patterns to scan real-world HTTP traffic. It is a pattern matching library designed to drop into a vendor’s system software release and be used for an entire product line, without requiring any additional software or hardware resources. With scanning performance on high-end Intel Xeon–based platforms exceeding 280 Gbps, these benchmarks demonstrate Content Inspection Engine’s ability to deliver scalable performance, making it an ideal pattern matching technology for low-end to high-end security platforms and NFV-based solutions.

“These latest benchmarks validate how software can transform processor real estate into scalable security performance,” said Paul Senyshyn, vice president of communication platforms at Wind River. “Wind River Content Inspection Engine delivers streamlined integration and scalability that is compelling for equipment manufacturers. We are encountering considerable traction from customers embracing the benefits of high speed pattern matching, including a steady stream of new evaluations worldwide.”

In September 2013, Intel agreed to acquire Sensory Networks, a start-up which specializes in pattern matching and acceleration software technology, for approximately US$20 million. Sensory Networks developed "HyperScan" high-speed, L4-L7 pattern matching software that accelerates deep packet inspection applications running on Intel processors.  The company was founded in Sydney Australia and was headed by Sab Gosal.

In 2012, Sensory reported that its HyperScan library delivers DPI throughput of 160Gbps with linear scalability, based on an intensive benchmark of HyperScan on a dual-socket platform (8-core, 16 threads per socket) using the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family and Intel C604 chipset, scanning against a tier-1 commercial IPS signature set. 

ADVA Posts Q3 Guidance of EUR 87.1 million

ADVA Optical Networking reported Q3 2014 revenues of EUR 87.1 million, slightly above guidance of between EUR 82 million and EUR 87 million. This is up 10.2% vs. Q3 2013 at EUR 79.1 million and sequentially flat vs. EUR 87.2 million in Q2 2014.

“We are pleased with the development of our Q3 2014 revenues of EUR 87.1 million, near the record level seen in the previous quarter, and slightly above guidance. The year-on-year increase of 10.2% is based on stronger enterprise business requiring more and improved high-speed transport networks. This is largely due to continued network traffic growth as a result of the increased adoption of cloud based services. Pro forma operating margin came in at 4.0%, at the upper end of guidance,” commented Jaswir Singh, chief financial officer & chief operating officer of ADVA Optical Networking.