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Carrier Ethernet Industry News™ (1835)

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nullThe concept years ago of building a dark fiber backbone infrastructure using WDM was considered a complex challenge and an expensive solution used only by carriers.   Due to this complexity and high cost, many data centers, ISPs, financial institutions and other enterprise organizations compromised by implementing passive solutions, thus limiting their future growth and bounding them to an inferior technical solution for essential backbone infrastructure...

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Tollgrade Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:TLGD) is a leading supplier of network service assurance test products and solutions.  August 3rd, 2010, the company reported revenue of $11.5 million and net income of $1.2 million or $0.10 per share for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. Revenue and net income increased by approximately $0.9 million and $2.7 million compared to the second quarter of 2009 representing increases of 8% and 181%, respectively. The results for the second quarter of 2010 also include the effects of net severance charges of approximately $0.6 million which were primarily associated with the departure of the Company's former chief executive officer.

"We took action to realign our business beginning in the fourth quarter of 2009 and accelerated our efforts to significantly reduce operating costs during the first quarter of 2010. Our reduced operating cost structure had a major impact on our ability to report a profit during the second quarter of 2010, and we believe these actions have positioned the Company to sustain profitability in the future and to be more competitive in the marketplace, helping us to drive top line growth. Our primary focus continues to be on our installed customer base and securing revenue from existing and new customer projects as well as long term maintenance agreements. We are committed to delivering the highest levels of service to our customers and we are confident that our reduced operating cost structure has not affected our ability to continue to deliver the level of service our customers have come to expect," said Edward Kennedy, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Monday, 02 August 2010 08:02

Tool Businesses Can Use to Look Up Ethernet Service

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Comparing Business Ethernet Service Providers [Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet] ....Cost and more...

For businesses, if you haven't seen this tool it might be worth a look.   It's free to use.

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  • gather information that will be helpful in the planning stages of broadband deployment for a new real-estate development.

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U.S. Wholesale Carrier Ethernet Services Market Update - 2010

Carrier Ethernet services, as defined in this study, include all layer 2 services sold under various names- transparent or native LAN, metro Ethernet, Ethernet private line (EPL), Ethernet virtual private line (EVPL), Ethernet access, and virtual private LAN service (VPLS). The study analyzes market drivers, restraints and market trends for carrier Ethernet services. Market forecasts for the period 2006-2014 are provided for metro and long haul market, for different services under each of these segments, and for different ports speeds sold in the wholesale carrier Ethernet services market. A brief info on pricing trends is also included in the research.

Thursday, 29 July 2010 22:58

Neutral Tandem Steps into Ethernet eXchange

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Neutral Tandem Announces Ethernet eXchange Business with Charter Members

Neutral Tandem announced their program into the Ethernet eXchange business indicating it provides Ethernet service providers with a more efficient and simplified method of interconnecting on a one-to-many basis.  Neutral Tandem's says their Ethernet eXchange service resolves the complex technical and business challenges traditionally tied to interconnecting to multiple service providers on a one-on-one basis and Ethernet service providers can virtually connect to multiple access providers through the Neutral Tandem Ethernet eXchange.  

Competing against rival Ethernet eXchanges, Neutral Tandem states the Charter Member Program is built upon the principle of a collaborative and interactive Product Development process that engages customers from requirements formulation through service delivery.  Surendra Saboo, Chief Operating Officer of Neutral Tandem, Inc states that "by assembling a group of market-leading experts from well-respected Ethernet service providers and incorporating their feedback on an ongoing basis, we believe that our Ethernet eXchange will offer innovative functionality that addresses our customers' needs and priorities,"

The Charter Program currently includes: RCN Metro Optical Networks, a division of RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), Tinet, PAETEC (NASDAQ: PAET), Broadview Networks, US Signal, Mosaic NetworX, Wilshire Connection, and ION Holding Co.  The company is planning to use the Cisco ASR 9000  switch fabric for its exchange.  The Cisco CSR 9000 takes advantage of EZChip NP-4 technology (visit the Ethernet Academy Hot Companies EZChip Discussion Group).  The company is said to be taking orders in six Ethernet eXchange markets including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York.

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Neutral Tandem Announces Second Quarter 2010 Financial Results

Second Quarter 2010 Highlights , Jul 29, 2010 -- Revenue of $44.8 million, an increase of 8.5% from $41.2 million in Q2'09 -- Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) of $19.8 million, a decrease of 4.7% from $20.8 million in Q2'09 -- Net income of $8.5 million, a decrease of 20.4% compared to $10.7 million for Q2'09 -- Billed minutes of 25.9 billion, an increase of 21.5% over Q2'09

CHICAGO, July 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neutral Tandem, Inc. (Nasdaq:TNDM), a leading provider of tandem interconnection services, today announced its second quarter 2010 financial results.

"We are pleased with our solid second quarter financial results," said Rian Wren, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neutral Tandem. "While we face certain challenges in our local transit business, we continue to gain traction with our newer service offerings. As a result, consistent with our announcement on May 5, 2010, we continue to project that our full year financial results will be toward the lower end of the estimates we announced on February 16, 2010. We believe that our core business offerings and strong balance sheet will provide us with a platform that will allow us to grow by developing innovative new product offerings, such as our Ethernet eXchange."  

Monday, 05 July 2010 23:47

ENNI - Casting the Ethernet wider

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ENNI -  Casting the Ethernet wider

Carrier ethernet really does seem recession-proof.  Ethernet services were going up in 2009 and have continued.  What matters in difficult times is that ethernet is flexible, it reduces complexity, it offers high bandwith, it’s scaleable and a good choice for replacing ATM and frame relay. According to Current Analysis consultant Siow Meng Soh: "The demand is coming both from large enterprises as well as SMEs. And the vertical segments that the demand is coming from are primarily the GEMS - government, education, medical and services.”

Ethernet was promised by Nan Chen, President of the MetroEthernet Forum (MEF), as the "one universal language” linking the globe. Sure, it is everywhere, but is it really a global interconnect medium? Not yet, according to Siow Meng Soh, who said that ethernet access and metro applications continue to lead the market and are really taking off in the APAC region. Examples included Far EasTone in Taiwan, Globe Telecom in the Philippines, PT Telecom in Indonesia and StarHub in Singapore.