Monday, September 5, 2005

Conexant Launches IP "Phone-on-a-Chip"

Conexant Systems announced the first in a family of integrated VoIP phone solutions. Conexant's single-chip CX90600 system solution, which targets IP and Web-based desktop phone terminals for business and residential applications, is based on the ARM926EJ core and includes a set of peripheral interfaces that enable connectivity to smart cards, flash drives, video cameras and 802.11 a/g wireless LANs. Integrated interfaces include a three-port Ethernet switch to enable local and wide area network connections, a universal serial bus (USB) 2.0 controller, a high-performance peripheral component interconnect (PCI) 2.3 interface, a high-speed universal asynchronous receive/transmitter (UART), a keypad interface, a FXO interface, a FlexIO interface, and several general purpose I/Os.

Additional features include support for a wide variety of low bit rate and wideband speech coding schemes including G.711, G.722, G.726 and G.729ab, as well as dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) and dial tone detection/generation telephony algorithms without the need for an external digital signal processing (DSP) device. The chip also provides acoustic echo cancellation capability for high-quality voice transmissions and full-duplex speakerphone.

In addition, the CX90600 features an integrated memory management unit (MMU), a high-resolution liquid crystal display (LCD) controller, caches, tightly coupled memory (TCM), and an analog codec allowing for a single-chip IP phone design.

The device is priced at $15.00 in quantities of 10,000.

T-Com Launches WiMAX Field Trial with Alvarion

T-Com has launches a WiMAX field trial serving approximately 100 customers using Alvarion's BreezeMAX 3500 system. The trial is based on regulatory testing licenses. For the duration of the trial, which is scheduled to run until the end of March 2006, Alvarion's BreezeMAX base stations have been deployed in Swisttal and St. Augustin near Bonn, Germany.

T-Com currently has more than six million DSL customers.

F5 Networks to Acquire Swan Labs for WAN Optimization

F5 Networks agreed to Swan Labs, a developer of WAN optimization and application acceleration market, for $43 million in cash. Swan Labs' WAN optimization and application acceleration technologies extend F5's market leading Application Traffic Management product portfolio. F5 said it will be able to offer an integrated framework that extends application and network security, acceleration and availability to remote, branch, public and private users -- regardless of where they are coming from.

Deployed dual ended, Swan Labs WANJet accelerates file transfer, email, client-server applications, data replication, and custom applications, resulting in predictable, fast performance for WAN users in data centers and branch offices.
  • Swan Labs is based in San Jose, California.

KT Selects Juniper's M320 Multiservice Edge Routers

KT has selected the Juniper Networks' M320 Multiservice Edge routing platform to create a new, premium IP/MPLS network for the delivery of advanced services such as VoIP, IPTV and Wi-Bro, Korea's wireless broadband standard. KT is expected to begin deployments of the M-series platforms by the end of this year, and will continue to expand the network as demand for the new services increases. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fujitsu Captures 37% of North American SONET Market

Dell'Oro Group has named Fujitsu the top vendor in the North American optical equipment market for the third quarter in a row with a 22.8 percent share of the $638.5M 2Q05 market. Fujitsu was also named the top vendor in the North American SONET/SDH market with a 37.0 percent share of the $382.7M 2Q05 market, a gain of nearly five percent since the $319.5M 1Q05 market. Fujitsu has held this dominant position in the SONET/SDH segment for 12 consecutive quarters, and currently maintains a market share lead over its nearest competitor by over 15 percent.

Dell'Oro Group estimates that overall North American optical transport equipment revenue grew 20 percent in 2Q05 verses 1Q05 and 37 percent versus 2Q04. 2Q05 is the third consecutive quarter of sequential optical sales growth in North America as service providers increased capital spending for optical infrastructure.

Alcatel Captures New Market Share in IP Routers

Alcatel secured 11% of the IP Edge router market in Q2 2005, according to research firm Ovum-RHK, up from 3% in Q1. The market grew by 7% quarter-over- quarter to US$315 million. Alcatel said its success is fuelled by triple play applications, Ethernet- and IP-based VPNs, and aggregation of broadband and mobile traffic.

Alcatel took 19% of the European IP Edge router market in Q2 2005, based on Ovum-RHK data -- up from 5% in Q1. Alcatel cited network deployments with customers such as France Telecom, Telenet in Belgium, and TeliaSonera in Scandinavia during the quarter and noted recent wins with BT 21CN, Be and Exponential-e in the UK, Portugal Telecom, and Auna in Spain.

Alcatel has also increased its share of the US$450 million MSWAN market, solidifying its #2 position with 24.8% of the revenue in Q2 2005 -- up from 21% in Q1, according to data from research firm Dell'Oro.

PacketLight Names New CEO

PacketLight Networks announced the appointment of Coby Hanoch as its new President and CEO, replacing Yaki Luzon.

Prior to his appointment at PacketLight, Hanoch helped found Verisity, a key provider of verification process automation solutions.

PacketLight Networks is a provider of storage extension solutions over any type of network infrastructure: SONET/SDH, WDM and IP/Ethernet infrastructure. PacketLight is a member of the RAD Group.

Tektronix Offer HSDPA Handheld Wireless RF Field Tester

Tektronix has added a High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) software option to its NetTek Wireless RF Field Tester, enabling network providers to more easily diagnose HSDPA NodeB transmitter problems and effectively manage their 3G networks. NetTek HSDPA capabilities include demodulation measurements such as code domain power, pilot and sync power, scrambling code and EVM. The modulation detection functionality allows identification of the modulation type in use (QPSK or 16QAM); on-screen notification is provided when 16QAM is detected and the corresponding channels are represented in a color coded format.

MessageVine Releases Mobile Google Talk Client

MessageVine released a Mobile IM client for Google Talk. MessageVine's Mobile IM client mimics the user experience as offered by the Google Talk's PC client and is available on a range of mobile platforms such as BlackBerry, Palm OS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, J2ME and BREW. MessageVine also features integration with Gmail.

MessageVine's Mobile IM solution also offers connectivity to other public IM networks, including MSN, AIM, Yahoo! and ICQ.

IOGEAR Debuts USB Speaker Phone

IOGEAR introduced a new USB Speaker Phone designed for Internet telephony applications.

The compact USB Speaker Phone features noise / echo cancellation and an 8KHz input sampling rate. The product is priced at $59.95 (MSRP).

Vonage Activates One Millionth Line

Vonage has exceeded one million lines in service on its network,

Netcentrex Residential Deployments Exceed 2 Million VoIP Lines

Netcentrex announced it exceeded 2 million Class 5 VoIP lines in commercial service. The company said its customers are currently activating 5,000 lines per day.

"The 2 million line milestone is an indication that the residential VoIP market is moving beyond the early stages to reach mainstream consumers", said Olivier Hersent, Chairman of Netcentrex. "When we started deploying residential VoIP solutions it was based on the success of our MyCall application server at leading customers such as Fastweb. Now Fastweb represents a third of our total lines, and we are seeing rapid uptake by customers such as AOL Germany, Eircom, Lyse, and deployments in the U.S. such as San Jose State University."

FCC Comments on Hurricane Katrina Communications Disaster

FCC Commissioners issued a joint statement acknowledging that "Hurricane Katrina severely shook the communications network in the Gulf Coast and restoring all these links will be as challenging a communication mission as we have ever confronted."

The Commissioners commended "the rapid response we have witnessed from all segments of the communications industry."

Over the past week, the FCC has approved several emergency measures to provide regulatory relief to facilitate restoration efforts.
  • In July 2003, the FCC established an Office of Homeland Security within its Enforcement Bureau to focus on the nation's emergency preparedness issues. The two main objectives of the FCC's Homeland Security Action Plan included:

    * to strengthen measures for protecting the nation's communications infrastructure and facilitate rapid service restoration after disruption. This includes promoting the best practices of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC).

    * to promote access to effective communications services by public safety, public health, and other emergency personnel.

  • The National Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) is charged with providing recommendations to the FCC and the industry that, if implemented, shall under all reasonably foreseeable circumstances assure optimal reliability and interoperability of wireless, wireline, satellite, cable and public data networks in the United States. The Council's primary mission is "to ensure the availability of adequate communications capacity during events or periods of exceptional stress due to natural disaster, terrorist attacks, or similar circumstances."

BellSouth: 810,000 Lines Still Down, Cost at $400-600 Million

As of September 6, an estimated 810,000 BellSouth lines remain impacted in the areas along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama affected by Hurricane Katrina. In this same area, BellSouth has 131 central offices, with all but 19 operating. These 19 central offices serve approximately 187,000 access lines, with 166,000 of these lines being in the New Orleans area. Restoration plans for these 19 offices are being developed, although the company said restoration in New Orleans will depend on how long it takes to drain the floodwaters and rebuild the city.

BellSouth said it is too early to project the total magnitude of destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, but based on the information available today and without the opportunity to survey and physically assess the entire area, BellSouth's initial estimate is a cost of $400-600 million, including both capital and expense, for network restoration.

Alcatel to Resell Convedia's Media Servers

Alcatel will market and resell Convedia's media server technology as an integral component of its media resource products to both carrier and enterprise customers around the globe. Alcatel said it plans to use the Convedia platform in a number of its largest IP telephony infrastructure opportunities.

Convedia's family of carrier-class IP media consolidate the functions of traditional announcement and recording servers, interactive voice response units (IVR/VRU), audio/video conference bridges, voicemail servers, and speech platforms onto a single shared media processing platform.

Alcatel's media resource product suite provides multimedia user interaction and media delivery including customized announcements, multimedia streaming, multimedia conference bridging, DTMF collection, synthesized speech (text-to-speech), automated speech recognition, and call routing with detection of operator transfer instructions. The Alcatel products use a common architecture to provide the same capabilities to both TDM and Next Generation IP networks.

Motorola: Hurricane Katrina Initiatives

Motorola said it activated emergency-response plans prior to Hurricane Katrina's landfall and that it continues to deliver replacement communications equipment to first responders (police, fire, rescue) and cellular providers in the region on a 24/7 basis. These initiatives have included:

  • More than 21,000 pieces of emergency communications equipment (portable radios, fully charged batteries, chargers, repeaters, portable transmission sites, portable antennas) to first responders crews in the region.

  • More than 1,000 Motorola i325 IS iDEN handsets and accessories for two-way communication among disaster recovery crews.

  • More than 300 cellular phones sent to Cingular sites in the region to be used for relief workers and victims and in shelters. Cingular is providing free airtime.

  • The procurement of a number of large motor homes equipped with replacement cellular communication equipment to allow rapid service restoration.

  • The establishment of a "tent city" mini-camp in Baton Rouge for Motorola emergency field teams.

  • The supply of three "site-on-wheels" emergency communications trailers and generators to provide first responders with additional private network spectrum capacity (700 MHz, 900 MHz), as well as additional high-end public safety radios designed specifically for those networks.

Telefonica Germany Selects Redback

Telefonica Germany has selected Redback's SmartEdge Service Gateway platform to upgrade and extend their wholesale DSL service. Redback is working through a local reseller to implement the solution. The Redback SmartEdge Service Gateway systems will perform the switching of subscriber initiated broadband sessions to various resale ISP's.

FLAG Telecom Deploys Infinera's Optical Gear

FLAG Telecom has deployed Infinera equipment on its fiber-optic networks in major metro areas, initially in Asia and Europe. FLAG is using the Infinera DTN in its terrestrial network to provide DWDM and intelligent digital bandwidth management in the optical transport layer. Financial terms were not disclosed.

FLAG owns and manages an extensive fiber-optic network spanning four continents and connecting key business markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA.
  • In May 2005, Infinera announced that Level 3 Communications plans to deploy Infinera's optical equipment across a substantial portion of its 23,000-mile fiber-optic network.

  • In October 2004, Infinera, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $52 million in new funding for its Photonic Integrated Circuit technology. The company has raised $205 million to date. Strategic investors in this round include UTStarcom and CTC (Itochu Techno-Science Corporation), both of which are collaborating with Infinera to provide optical networking solutions in Asia.

  • Infinera is offering an optical transport platform based on its Photonic Integrated Circuits. The Infinera DTN supports 400 Gbps, i.e., forty 10 Gbps channels in a half rack, and 800Gbps (eighty 10 Gbps channels) in a full rack.. 100 Gbps line cards support a variety of hot-swappable client interfaces including OC-192/STM-64, OC-48/STM-16, 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN PHY and WAN PHY, and Gigabit Ethernet. The platform runs Infinera's IQ Network Operating System to automate network discovery, configuration, and provisioning via GMPLS.

  • Unlike conventional optical systems, which use analog optical devices for key networking functions, the Infinera DTN uses digital technology. Its photonic integrated circuits convert all traffic from optical to electronic signals, allowing the DTN to add and drop, multiplex, groom, and protect circuits digitally rather than optically. Infinera's Photonic Integrated Circuits include a 100 Gbps transmitter, which integrates ten lasers, ten 10 Gbps modulators, and an optical multiplexer; as well as a 100 Gbps receiver, which integrates an optical demultiplexer and ten photodiodes. Each enables low-cost optical-electrical conversion on a semiconductor chip.

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