Monday, February 6, 2006

Telecom Italia and Nokia Collaborate on WCDMA 3G

Nokia and Telecom Italia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for wider cooperation in the area of WCDMA 3G, followed by separate agreements on end-to-end performance optimization, WCDMA 3G terminal cooperation, and supply of a WCDMA radio access network in Italy.

Nokia will provide services for end-to-end optimization, from terminals through service platforms, middleware, and across the telecommunications network. Nokia also joins the build out of the TIM Italy WCDMA 3G network with the deployment of a state-of-the-art WCDMA radio access network in five Italian regions. Nokia began the network deployment during the summer and has met all agreed roll-out and quality targets for the first phase of the deployment.

Mazu Raises $7 Million for Behavior-based Network Security

Mazu Networks, a start-up based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, closed $7 million in new funding for its behavior-based network security solutions.

Mazu Profiler is a Network Behavior Analysis (NBA) system that analyzes network traffic and behavior to provide enterprises with the intelligence required to operate internal networks more securely. By examining all internal traffic and analyzing anomalous behavior, Mazu Profiler provides security and network teams with: visibility into how the network is used; protection from worms and insider breaches and the ability to audit and enforce internal controls.

Mazu Enforcer is a perimeter security solution that detects and mitigates denial-of-service (DoS) attacks by detecting, characterizing and mitigating traffic-based attacks with speed and precision. When Mazu Enforcer detects an attack, it uses advanced heuristics to quickly identify the malicious packets, and then filter out the attack traffic while minimizing the impact on legitimate traffic. Mazu Enforcer can also dynamically adapt its filtering behavior as an attack progresses.

In addition to continued support from Symantec, existing backers including Greylock Partners, Matrix Partners, Pilot House Ventures and StarVest Partners also participated in the funding.

Air China Selects Connexion by Boeing

Air China selected Connexion by Boeing to provide real-time, high-speed connectivity to air travelers traveling to and from China. The announcement today in Beijing includes as many as 15 firm and optional retrofit installations on Air China's Boeing 747-400 aircraft, and other long-haul aircraft models to be determined at a later date. Financial terms were not disclosed.

EarthLink and BellSouth Extend DSL Deal through 2008

EarthLink and BellSouth have extended a commercial agreement through the end of 2008 under which EarthLink service is available via DSL to customers in BellSouth's coverage area. Under the financial terms of the deal, which were not disclosed, EarthLink will be able to utilize BellSouth's broadband infrastructure through at least the end of 2008. EarthLink will also receive competitive rates for 3.0 Mbps service.


WiMedia Alliance Completes First Interoperability Workshop

The WiMedia Alliance hosted its first formal interoperability workshop and successfully demonstrated initial ultra-wideband (UWB) silicon interoperability between five different manufacturers, Alereon, Staccato Communications, Realtek Semiconductor, WiQuest Communications and Wisair.

The Alliance said recent product announcements, the results of this event and member interest in future events indicate that numerous vendors are quickly readying devices for market use, thereby standardizing the WiMedia UWB common radio platform.

The first WiMedia certified consumer products are expected to hit the market during the second half of 2006.
  • WiMedia UWB is optimized for wireless personal-area networks delivering 480 Mbps and up.

Motorola and Interphase Team on AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA

Motorola announced a strategic alliance naming Interphase as its preferred provider for I/O Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AdvancedMCs).

AdvancedMCs provide for great flexibility in customer configurations without incurring the costs of customization and will be key components of Motorola's Advanced TCA and MicroTCA open communications servers. The relationship will help providers of applications such as Radio Network Controllers, Media Gateways, Signaling Gateways, and WiMAX infrastructure to deploy new revenue-generating services faster and more cost- efficiently by reducing the time and cost-intensive process of integration.

The first release of communications servers for early adopters with Interphase technology is expected in the second half of 2006.

LSI Logic Integrates Dual XFI SerDes Into 10G Ethernet SoC

LSI Logic introduced its XFI SerDes core for enabling an SoC device to drive an XFP optical module, resulting in compact, cost-effective designs for 10 Gbps packet processing. The XFI SerDes core offers single-lane operation up to 11.1 Gbps to allow for forward error correction.

For the first use of XFI SerDes technology, LSI partnered with Ample Communications to develop the Redhawk 2-port 10GE MAC.

Ikanos Posts Revenue of $28.5 Million, up 14% Sequentially

Ikanos Communications reported Q4 2005 revenue of $28.5 million, a sequential increase of 14% from the $25.0 million reported for the third quarter of 2005 and an increase of 55% from the $18.4 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2004. GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2005 was $4.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share on 26.1 million average shares. This compares with a net income of $3.1 million or $0.15 per diluted share on 20.3 million average shares in the third quarter of fiscal 2005 and with a net loss of $466,000, or a loss of $0.27 per diluted share on 1.7 million average shares in the fourth quarter of 2004.

"We are extremely pleased with our financial results for the quarter and fiscal year, as we achieved record revenue and net income," said Rajesh Vashist, chairman and CEO of Ikanos Communications. "2005 has been a monumental year for Ikanos, marking the tipping point for VDSL. At the end of 2005 cumulative VDSL DMT shipments by Ikanos surpassed 10 Million ports.

TI Wins DSL Modem Patent Dispute with Conexant

a federal jury awarded Texas Instruments $112 million in patent damages for infringement by Globespan Virata, a subsidiary of Conexant Systems, of two TI patents and one Stanford University patent covering DSL modems. The jury also found that Globespan's infringement was willful, which would allow the district court judge to multiply the damages by up to three times the award.

TI said the case was initiated by Globespan in June 2003 in response to TI's offer to license the technology to Globespan. TI is the exclusive licensor of the Stanford patents. This technology is licensed to most of the industry. Globespan refused to take a license and filed an action in U.S. District Court against TI and Stanford claiming that the license program violated antitrust laws. Globespan also claimed that the TI and Stanford patents were not valid and not infringed by Globespan's products. TI filed counterclaims in August 2003 asserting three of the patents in the suit. The jury found that all claims of the three patents are valid and infringed by Globespan.

Singapore's StarHub Deploys Sylantro for Business and Consumer VoIP

StarHub, Singapore's integrated info-communications provider, has launched a range of SIP-based VoIP solutions using Sylantro Systems' Application Feature Servers.

The new services, called Digital Voice Business and Digital Voice Travel, are targeted at those who wish to reduce the cost of overseas calls while maintaining portability and mobility.

The Sylantro Application Feature Servers are deployed over a SIP-based NGN architecture to provide business VoIP services and applications such as localized web browser-based portals, personalized find me/follow me capabilities, and click-to-call services. Consumers can also take advantage of the intuitive web portal interface, which encourages adoption of communications applications.

HP Announces Carrier Customers, AdvancedTCA blade server

HP announced two leading mobile carrier customers for its IT solutions: Vodacom South Africa and Telefónica Móviles España.

HP will roll out an AdvancedTCA blade server for the telecom market in April 2006.

Ubiquity Launches Consumer VoIP Solution

Ubiquity Software introduced its "Voice Plus" solution for consumer IP telephony and multimedia services based on its SIP Application Server.

Voice Plus is a carrier-grade, pre-built VoIP solution for Internet-based service providers (ASPs, ITSPs, ISPs) who want to deliver IP-based voice and other multimedia services to their residential customers over cable, DSL, WiFi, or other consumer broadband access networks.

Unlike alternative 'point' applications, Voice Plus is deployed on Ubiquity's SIP Application Server which enables service providers to add new features and applications over time.

Voice Plus includes the "Top 10" residential calling features including PC to PSTN calling, PSTN to PC calling, PC to PC calling, voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, and three-way calling. Voice Plus is also a platform to deliver additional IP-enabled capabilities such as presence, instant messaging, video calling, file/desktop/content sharing, and instant conferencing services. The Voice Plus solution contains all the necessary elements to enable a service provider who is already offering consumer Internet services to add consumer VoIP to their menu within 60 days.

Lucent to Acquire Riverstone for $170 Million

Lucent Technologies agreed to acquire certain net assets of Riverstone Networks for $170 million in cash. The deal includes substantially all of Riverstone's business operations, not including its cash and convertible subordinated notes. Riverstone also said it is close to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over a previously announced investigation.

Riverstone is a supplier of carrier-grade Ethernet routers for the telecommunications market. Over the last year, Lucent and Riverstone have worked together in a strategic alliance, delivering high-quality carrier Ethernet routers to service provider customers.

Riverstone will conduct the sale of its business under the provisions of Chapter 11, section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Following this
sale, Riverstone intends to satisfy its remaining non-operating
liabilities including payment of its convertible subordinated notes in
the amount of $65,875,000; provide for any contingent liabilities and
costs of liquidation; and distribute its remaining cash to
Riverstone's shareholders as part of a plan of liquidation.

Following the close of the transaction, Riverstone will become
part of Lucent's Multimedia Network Solutions business. Substantially
all of Riverstone's employees are expected to join Lucent.

"We are extremely pleased and energized to join forces with an
industry leader that we have admired and with which we have closely
collaborated over the past year," said Oscar Rodriguez, President and
CEO of Riverstone.

  • In September 2005, Riverstone Networks introduced two new Carrier Ethernet Access Routers in its Riverstone 15000 product line. The Riverstone 15100 and the 10 Gig-E Riverstone 15200 extend the feature set of the 15008 Ethernet Edge Router into the access layer, providing MPLS from the core to the network edge. Riverstone said the introduction of these routers fulfills the market's previously unaddressed need for a compact, low-cost, fully-featured platform that extends the benefits of VPLS as close to the service-users as possible.

    Like the 15008, the newest members of the 15000 family are equipped with a modular operating system to reduce router software outages and reboots, and MPLS traffic engineering capabilities. The 15100 provides an Ethernet-optimized alternative to Riverstone's multi-service oriented RS 1100 and 3100. It supports up to 20 triple-speed copper or fiber downlinks, and four Gig-E uplinks. The 15200 extends this by supporting dual 10 Gig-E uplinks. Both of the new access routers support VPLS, RFC-2547 MPLS-VPNs, and Layer 3 routing protocols including BGP, OSPF, multicast, and IS-IS.

  • In September 2004, Lucent and Riverstone Networks have formed a partnership to deliver Ethernet solutions for new and existing carrier networks. Specifically, Lucent will integrate Riverstone's MPLS-based Ethernet routing equipment with Lucent systems, software and professional services. Riverstone's equipment also complements Lucent's access and metro optical networking solutions. The agreement is non-exclusive.

  • In June 2004, Riverstone introduced its "Ethernet Edge Router" that combines the standard elements of a multiservice edge router - an IP/MPLS control plane, multiple interface types, and the ability to converge traffic over MPLS. The ASIC-driven Riverstone 15008 Ethernet Edge Router employs a distributed and modular operating system architecture that allows the router to detect and restart errant protocols without affecting the rest of the system.

  • Riverstone was created in 2001 as a spin-off from Cabletron Systems

Cisco Posts Sales of $6.6 billion, up 9.3% YoY

Cisco System reported Q2 net sales of $6.6 billion, a 9.3% increase year over year and up 1.2% over the previous quarter. Q2 net income (GAAP) was $1.4 billion compared with $1.1 billion for Q2 FY'05. Net earnings per share were $0.22 GAAP (includes stock-based compensation expense of $0.03) compared with $0.17 for Q2 FY'05.

"We're pleased with the solid revenue and earnings per share results Cisco delivered during its second quarter, but also especially pleased with our strong order momentum," said John Chambers, president and CEO, Cisco Systems, Inc. "This proves our strategy is working in terms of the convergence of voice, video and data along with our balanced approach to our customer segments, core and advanced technologies, business and technology architecture and key geographic theaters."

Senate Hears Network Neutrality Debate

The debate on Internet Neutrality reached the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday, pitting the interests of independent application providers, such as Google and Vonage, against last mile access providers. At issue is whether, the RBOCs and cable operators should be allowed to favor their own advanced services with preferential network policies or whether independent application providers pay more for advanced, quality of service on next generation networks.

In Favor of Network Neutrality

Dr. Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google: "The Internet's open, neutral architecture has proven to be an enormous engine for market innovation, economic growth, social discourse and the free flow of ideas. The remarkable success of the Internet can be traced to a few simple network principles -- end-to-end design, layered architecture, and open standards -- which together give consumers choice over their online activities... Allowing broadband carriers to control what people see and do online would fundamentally undermine the principles that have made the Internet such a success."

Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Stanford University: "It is my view that Congress should ratify Powell's "Internet Freedoms," making them part of the FCC's basic law. However, in the time since Chairman Powell announced these principles, it has become clear they are missing one important requirement. The now openly-stated intentions of AT&T and others to introduce access tiering to the Internet threatens to undermine application competition on the Internet. Congress should act to avoid that result."

Jeffrey A. Citron, CEO of Vonage: "As a businessman, I don't get -- nor do I expect -- a "free ride" on anyone's network. But the truth is these network operators are already getting paid twice. Vonage pays network operators millions of dollars a year for Internet access to deliver our service to our subscribers. On top of that, consumers pay billions of dollars every year to these companies for high-speed Internet access. No one gets a free ride."

Earl W. Comstock, President of Comptel: "Put simply, the FCC is betting America's future on the goodwill of the Bell companies and large cable operators. Counting on companies to act in the public good against their own financial interests has been tried before, and it has never worked."

Gary Bachula, Vice President for External Affairs, Internet2:
"If a network operator starts to give preference to packets from one source (that perhaps pays the operator for preference), what happens to all of the other, ordinary packets? We know that when an ambulance or fire truck comes down a congested highway, everybody else has to pull over and stop. For emergencies, and for public safety, that is accepted, but what if UPS trucks had the same preference? Giving preference to the packets of some potentially degrades the transport for everyone else...

Today our Abilene network does not give preferential treatment to anyone's bits, but our users routinely experiment with streaming HDTV, hold thousands of high-quality two-way video conferences simultaneously, and transfer huge files of scientific data around the globe without loss of packets. We would argue that rather than introduce additional complexity into the network fabric, and additional costs to implement these prioritizing techniques, the telecom providers should focus on providing Americans with an abundance of bandwidth -- and the quality problems will take care of themselves."

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR): "I will shortly introduce legislation that will make sure all information is made available on the same terms so that no bit is better than another one. First, it will assure that information from a company like J. Crew is not treated worse than information from a company like LL Bean. Second, it will assure that a company like Comcast that offers Internet access does not give preferential treatment to its own information bits compared to information bits from another company, like Yahoo. Third, broadband service providers should not be able to create private networks that are superior to the Internet access they offer consumers generally. These principles would prevent Internet access providers from tipping the competitive advantage toward their own services, such as phone calls over the Internet (VoIP) or television over the Internet."

In Favor of Internet Tiers

Walter B. McCormick, Jr., President of the U.S. Telecom Association: "Our companies have a 150-year tradition of connecting people to each other over our networks. We are 100% committed to continuing this tradition as we invest billions of dollars -- nearly $15 billion in 2006 alone -- building out new, next generation broadband networks capable of meeting America's increasing need for speed... We will not block, impede, or degrade content, applications, or services.. If you can go there today, you can go there tomorrow... Simply put, our side believes that businesses that seek to profit on the use of next-generation networks should not be free of all costs associated with the increased capacity that is required for delivery of the advanced services, they will be seeking more bandwidth. If you want more, then you pay more, is as American as it comes."

Kyle McSlarrow, President of National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA): "Congress' policy of leaving the Internet unregulated has been a resounding success... any change to this policy could have serious repercussions to continued network innovation and investment... in the absence of any problem calling for a legislative solution -- and since the broadband services market is characterized by robust competition -- Congress should refrain from premature legislative action and allow the marketplace to continue to grow.

J. Gregory Sidak. Professor of Law, Georgetown University: "The practical effect of 'net neutrality' obligations would be to require a telecommunications carrier to recover the full cost of its broadband network connection through a uniform flat-rate charge imposed on all end users. Companies like Google, eBay and Yahoo! might believe that such an outcome works to their private economic advantage, but that short-run view would neglect the disincentive that 'net neutrality' obligations would create for private investment in the very broadband infrastructure upon which these companies rely to deliver their content and applications to consumers."

Webcast coverage and submitted testimony is available on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee website.

Agilent Introduces Jitter Tolerance Compliance Test Suite for Serial Gigabit Receivers

Agilent Technologies introduced the first compliance test suite for jitter tolerance testing of serial gigabit receivers up to 12.5 Gbps. The new software for the Agilent N4903A high-performance serial BERT (bit error ratio tester) offers an extensive library of jitter tolerance compliance curves for PCI Express, Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (S-ATA), Fibre Channel, fully-buffered DIMM, Common Electrical Interface (CEI), 10 Gb Ethernet, and small form-factor pluggable (XFP). This eliminates the need to read all the standards and to program the test equipment accordingly. Customizable curves and margins can be added as needed. The compliance test suite automatically sweeps through the compliance measurement so that no equipment programming is necessary. A graphical display shows pass/fail results. The N4903A provides all required jitter sources that are calibrated and compliant with the latest serial bus standards, so the prerequisite for compliance testing is met.

Hammerhead Systems Appoints Richard D. Gitlin CTO

Hammerhead Systems announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Gitlin as Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Gitlin joins Hammerhead Systems after a distinguished 32-year career at Bell Labs and Lucent leading pioneering research in digital communications, broadband networking, and wireless systems. Dr. Gitlin was CTO of Lucent's Data Networking Business Unit and Senior VP for Communications and Networking Research at Bell Labs. After retiring from Lucent, he was VP of Technology and CTO of NEC Labs America. He was also a professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University where he taught courses and supervised research in networking and wireless systems.