Saturday, December 10, 2005

Hong Kong Broadband Deploys Axerra's Pseudo-Wire

Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited, which operates one of the largest metro Ethernet networks in the world, has selected Axerra Networks' Pseudo-Wire solution to provide voice and data backhaul services to mobile wireless operators, providing a packet-based full-service alternative to TDM in the mobile radio access network (RAN).

Axerra said its Pseudo-Wire platform was chosen for this application because it preserves native signaling and features across packet networks, enables bandwidth sharing, and provides the clock recovery capabilities that are required for reliable mobile services. AXN Pseudo-Wire Gateways and Access Devices support circuit emulation and service emulation, including Frame Relay/HDLC, Ethernet, and even ATM services for 2G, 2.5G, and 3G voice and data aggregation from a single box. AXN Pseudo-Wire platforms control latency, jitter, and packet loss.
  • In October 2005, Hong Kong Broadband (HKBN) became the first service provider in the world to achieve the Cisco Powered Network Metro Ethernet QoS Certified status.

  • Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is expanding its coverage and capacity with a Cisco IP Next Generation Network (IP NGN), using Cisco ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer) technology together with HKBN's existing ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) optical core. The expanded optical core will assist HKBN in achieving its goals

  • In April, Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) officially launched its 1 Gbps symmetric service for the residential market. Approximately 800,000 households, out of a total of 2.2 million households in Hong Kong, are wired to receive the service. The 1 Gbps symmetric service is priced at US$215 per month. HKBN noted that its 1 Gbps service is up to 166x faster downstream and 1,950x faster upstream than the advertised bandwidth of the incumbent's ADSL service. HKBN Premium bb1000 service is being offered on the same metro Ethernet infrastructure that delivers the company's Mass Market bb100 (symmetric 100 Mbps for US$34/month) and Entry Point bb10 (symmetric 10 Mbps for US$16/month) services.

  • HKBN is installing more than 10,000 Cisco Catalyst LAN switches and more than 800 Cisco routers in buildings throughout Hong Kong. Category 5e copper cables are wired from the LAN switch cabinet to the apartments of each target customer. Fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) was deployed between the buildings using the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) and Cisco Catalyst 4507R Switches.

3Com's European HQ Damaged by Oil Depot Explosion in UK

3Com's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) headquarters facility in Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom was damaged in Sunday's oil depot explosions, but the company has no report of any employee casualties or injuries. The company said it anticipates minimal impact on its customers as it works to restore full business operations. Approximately 300 employees and contractors work at 3Com's Hemel campus, primarily in its Sales, Marketing and Product Operations groups. The facility is located approximately one quarter mile from the site of the explosions.