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Ixia Shows Testing Not a Bad Place to be

November 13, 2010

The tech and communications markets have been generally stable and if anything a beacon of light in the turbulent waters of the general global economy. Specifically though the testing market is doing fairly well – if you are in the right segments of course. Let’s just say circuit switched testing isn’t going to be a hotbed of growth anytime soon.

One of the players in the market Ixia, has been aggressively consolidating the space and looking to become very well-rounded in the last few years acquiring the Catapult and Agilent N2X Data Line.

Alcatel-Lucent Turning the Corner?

November 5, 2010

After a number of years and some challenging times after the merger - Alcatel-Lucent the combination of New Jersey-based Lucent and Paris-based Alcatel is turning the corner making a quarterly profit and displaying more confidence about its future. Kevin O'Brien at the New York Times explains the company reported its first profitable quarter of the year, posting €25 million, or $35.3 million, in earnings compared to a €182 million loss in the third quarter a year earlier. Moreover sales rose 10.5 percent to €4.1 billion.

Although Asian competition from ZTE and Huawei is strong, the company certainly benefited from the implosion of Nortel and we'll see if they can ride this momentum out and keep the profits coming.

TMCnet's Ed Silverstein has more and The Motley Fool suggests Alcatel-Lucent is the next Nortel - waiting to implode. 

International Datacasting Corporation Update

November 5, 2010

I had a chance to sit down with Fred Godard the President and CEO and Christine Rozak, the Director of Marketing at International Datacasting Corporation (IDC) to learn more about the company’s activity in the satellite and related markets. Based in Ontario, Canada the company provides end-to-end solutions for the point-to-multipoint distribution of broadband multimedia content over satellite. IDC is a major player in digital radio, syndicated television, IPTV, news/financial information distribution, interactive distance learning, digital cinema and others.

As the name implies, IDC has installations in networks in over 100 countries around the world, and has a list of customers that includes Thomson Reuters, Westwood One, National Public Radio, Cinedigm, SES Americom, Echostar, Arquiva and PBS.

RRsat Supports Holistic Video Broadcasts

November 3, 2010

I spent some time at the recent SATCON New York 2010 show talking with Telx Ethernet Exchange program participant RRsat to discuss the company’s holistic approach to global communications which blends their satellite and fiber networks allowing for a one-hop satellite broadcast anywhere in the world. The company simultaneously provides its services to over 550 television and radio channels spanning an area of more than 150 countries and to learn more I spoke with both Sholomi Izkovitz, Deputy VP of Sales & Mktg and Eric Larsen Senior Sales Director. Part of our discussion centered around how the company’s MPEG-4 capabilities are being utilized to broadcast the US Open, PGA and other important sporting events.

New Editorial Additions to TMC

November 3, 2010

Tehrani on Future of Broadband

November 2, 2010

Lightwave One West 2010 Launch Video

October 4, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Video Update With Dave Rodriguez

October 4, 2010

ITEXPO West 2010 Show Guide Available

October 1, 2010

The ITEXPO West 2010 Show Guide is here and if you are flying to the show - you may want to download it to your Kindle/laptop/iPad/netbook/smartphone or print it. I am on the plane now and we have the equivalent of a 300 baud modem's worth of bandwidth so I can't download it but as I recall it is over 100 pages and gives you a solid overview of the dozen conferences taking place next week.

In addition it shows you the exhibit hall with over 200 exhibitors and which sections correspond to which technology.

I have this dream that I will have enough time to go through the directory and point to some of the interesting highlights in a blog post.

We'll see how that works out.

Here is the PDF and it is fairly compressed down to 5 Megs as I recall - we may be getting a higher res one soon as well in case you have the bandwidth.

VoIP Market up 13% This Year

October 1, 2010

Infonetics says the VoIP/UC space will be up 13% this year over last. It is no secret that the current business environment is very tough and this growth in a single and relatively mature sector of the market reminds us there are many sectors of tech and communications which are even younger and subsequently hold promise for even greater growth rates.

4G, M2M, backhaul, optical, smart grid, cloud - these are only a few sectors of the market which are poised to continue growth - even in a very challenging macroeconomic environment.

The timing of the report is good as Tom Keating points out - since ITEXPO takes place next week and numerous industries will converge in Los Angeles to learn more about communications and technology - virtually every important sector will be represented via numerous vendors.

We hope to see you there Oct 4-6, 2010.

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