Tuesday, March 21, 2006

VideoEgg Launches Flash-based Video Publishing/Hosting for Websites

VideoEgg, a start-up based in San Francisco, released an integration kit that lets web publishers integrate a consumer-friendly video-upload service into their websites.

The VideoEgg Publisher is a small browser plug-in that makes it easy for users to capture, encode, upload, and share online video. Sometimes described as a browser-based "universal video adapter," the VideoEgg Publisher reads dozens of video file formats and captures video directly from camcorders, Web cams, and mobile phones.

Videos are uploaded to the VideoEgg Server Network, a geographically distributed network of 18,000 servers powered by Akamai Technologies. Uploaded videos are immediately available for viewing through the Flash-based VideoEgg Player, which does not require external player software like Windows Media or QuickTime.

Webmasters can download the Integration Kit for the VideoEgg Publisher, VideoEgg Server Network, and VideoEgg Player for free. VideoEgg will host the videos indefinitely. The service will be supported by ads.


Entropic Provides Motorola with MoCA Chipset, FiOS Deployment

Motorola will use Entropic Communications' c.LINK) 270 chipset as a key component of the home media networking features of the Motorola QIP and DCT advanced series digital video set-tops. Motorola set-tops with embedded Entropic chips will enable multi-room video and content sharing without the need for additional cabling or installations associated with set-up and truck rolls, and the inconvenience to the consumers.

Verizon Communications is currently deploying Motorola QIP series set-tops as part of its FiOS) TV service, available in selected cities in Texas, Virginia, Florida, California, New York and Massachusetts.


Sun Grid Compute Utility Goes Online

Sun Microsystems began offering Internet access to its Sun Grid Compute Utility in the United States, which provides a compute utility at the rate of $1/CPU-hr.

A portal provides secure access and no long-term contracts are required. Sun is targeting users in diverse industries, including finance, oil and gas, education and life sciences , who need to run complex computational tasks, technical applications, and develop applications.

"Sun is the first and only vendor to make a credible utility grid offering available via the Internet," said Jonathan Schwartz, president and COO, Sun Microsystems. "By delivering computing as a service, Sun Grid helps developers, academics and computing professionals optimize time to results without investment in IT infrastructure. On-demand computing is now truly on demand -- with a credit card and a Web connection, not a complex outsourcing relationship."


UTStarcom Receives Nasdaq Delisting Notification

The Nasdaq Stock Market notified UTStarcom that it is not in compliance with marketplace rules because it has not yet filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005. Therefore, the company's common stock will be delisted at the opening of business on March 29, 2006 unless UTStarcom requests a hearing. UTStarcom said it intends do so and that the delayed filing is because it needs additional time to enable the audit committee of its Board of Directors to complete an investigation with regard to the circumstances surrounding the premature recognition of revenue on a contract with a customer in India and certain other transactions.


Minerva and Nortel Partner on IPTV-to-IMS Interface

Minerva Networks and Nortel have jointly developed an Application Interface (API) that enables the integration of real-time IPTV services with Minerva's iTVManager software. Nortel is using this jointly developed interface as a first step to bring together Minerva's IPTV middleware platform with Nortel's IMS solution.

The new API uses SIP, giving developers and service providers the tools to enable real-time applications such as voice mail access and callback functionality over the television set. The companies said their development environment also supports legacy non-SIP systems, including Caller ID and instant messaging.

The API enables key communications features such as click-to-call, network address book, buddy lists, mobile-to-TV text and picture messaging and the ability to configure communications services directly through the set-top box (STB). The Minerva iTVManager platform has been enhanced to leverage a broad range of capabilities in Nortel's standards compliant SIP solutions.

The iTVManager platform is targeted to support Nortel's SIP and IMS (Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem) infrastructure. SIP, used for establishing sessions in an IP network, makes a host of on-screen services possible, including e-commerce, click-to-dial, Instant Messaging and voice mail. IMS replaces the control infrastructure of a traditional circuit- switched phone system and decouples voice and other services from the underlying delivery networks making new service deployments faster and easier.

"Minerva has over 65 customers around the world who are anxious to introduce advanced communications services with their IPTV offerings. The joint development of our new open API makes this a possibility," explained Matt Cuson, VP of Marketing for Minerva Networks.


Meets IMS
enables the separation of applications from the underlying network.
While originally defined for 3G mobile phone systems, the IMS model
has now been adopted as a baseline technology for network and service
convergence by wireless, wireline and cable providers. Here is how it
could be integrated with IPTV to enable personalized services across any
broadband connection, wireless or wireline.

JDSU's Service Assurance Selected for BT's 21CN

BT has selected JDSU's service assurance solutions to help ensure efficiency and reliability during the first phase of its 21st Century Network (21CN) initiative.

Specifically, BT selected JDSU's QT-200 family of test heads and software agents for the initial phase of the 21CN customer migration which is taking place in the Cardiff region of Wales. At selected sites, the QT-200 will conduct fault management and service provisioning, interfacing with the existing test and diagnostic functions in its operations support system (OSS), known as GTC WOOSH.

During the initial phase, the QT-200 will support the Evolutionary Test Access Matrix (EVOTAM) by delivering automated remote test tools for DSL and copper plant. JDSU will also commission the multi-service access node (MSAN) and perform transfer engineering functions that test and verify the quality of the new services.

JDSU said this new contract builds on more than three years of support it has provided to BT's broadband deployment initiatives via the QT-200 test head technology, with test heads at more than 3,000 sites across the U.K.

  • Earlier this month, Tektronix said BT had selected its GeoProbe and Advanced Performance Monitoring (APM) suite for its 21st Century Network (21CN) initiative. Tektronix will initially provide network assurance solutions for voice service as BT transitions from a traditional circuit switched network to carrying voice services over its next generation IP network. Tektronix' UA solution will be deployed across the entire network, monitoring each call to guarantee complete visibility and proactively manage the network and services.

Limelight Scales Content Delivery Net with Foundry IP/MPLS

Limelight Networks is deploying Foundry's NetIron XMR routers to scale its content delivery network for digital media. Specifically, Limelight will install the NetIron XMR IP/MPLS routers in all its Content Delivery Network (CDN) centers to handle its massive, globally distributed peering and direct broadband connectivity worldwide.

"We're in the midst of accelerating growth in the distribution of digital media -- we expect that our CDN services will more than double in traffic volume in 2006," said Nathan Raciborski, CTO of Limelight Networks.


Yahoo! Launches Phone Out and Phone In Voice Services in the U.S.

Yahoo! Messenger began supporting Phone Out and Phone In voice services for users in the U.S. Calls within the U.S. and to more than 30 countries can be made for two cents a minute or less. Additionally, U.S. consumers can receive calls on their PC from traditional and mobile phones for $2.99 a month or $29.90 a year with the Phone In feature.

Yahoo! is also providing a free voicemail service with both their PC-to-PC inbound calls and Phone In calls.

The new PC-based calling features were initially introduced to international users in December 2005.

The enhanced Yahoo! Messenger with Voice features will also be introduced into Yahoo!'s co-branded Internet access services, including AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet, in the coming months.


Siemens Names Eduardo Montes to Head Communications Group

Siemens named Eduardo Montes as the new Group President of its Communications Group (Com), succeeding Thomas Ganswindt, who will concentrate on his function as member of the Siemens Corporate Executive Committee.

Eduardo Montes PĂ©rez (54), joined Siemens in Spain in 1975 and served in various capacities in the field of manufacturing systems until 1983. Following functions in various other international companies and public institutions -- above all in the field of telecommunications -- Montes returned to Siemens in 1994 and successfully managed the Siemens Group in Spain since 1999.


Ericsson Delivers HSDPA and IMS to Optimus in Portugal

Optimus, a mobile operator within the Portuguese Sonaecom group, has
chosen Ericsson's IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) for the delivery of
new multimedia and converged services. Ericsson was selected as the sole supplier for the Optimus core network and IMS network infrastructure, and as the main supplier of the radio network infrastructure. Ericsson will
also enhance the Optimus 3G network with its market-leading mobile
softswitch and HSDPA solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Optimus has taken an important step towards an all-IP network by
enhancing its 2G/3G network with Ericsson's mobile softswitch and IMS
solutions. Ericsson's IMS solution will enable Optimus to deliver a
wide range of new multimedia services such as weShare, which allows
users to share different media - including pictures and video clips -
during a voice call. http://www.ericsson.com

Alcatel Selected for DSL Deployment in Saudi Arabia

Alcatel is working with Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) of Saudi Arabia to support the deployment of DSL for Saudi Telecom Company (STC).

Alcatel selected AEC for the integration and testing of its DSL solution to support the recently announced contract with STC, the largest DSL contract in the Middle East. The agreement between Alcatel and AEC supports STC's objectives of contributing to the Saudi industry by involving local firms and the development of local expertise.

Financial terms were not disclosed.


AboveNet Leverages Nortel Optical for Data Center Connectivity

AboveNet is using Nortel's metro DWDM platform for its new high-performance data center to data center connectivity service for its business customers. AboveNet's dcXchange service is now available in the New York City / New Jersey metro area, with service launches for the Washington DC metro and San Francisco bay areas planned over the next two months.

AboveNet is using the Nortel Optical Metro 5200 platform to allow enterprise customers to connect two or more data center facilities across a metro area. AboveNet's NYC/NJ service is based on a metro network that connects seven major data centers across the metro area. AboveNet offers a variety of transport protocols, including Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SONET, Fibre Channel, and managed wavelengths up to 10Gbps.

The Nortel Optical Metro 5200 is a DWDM multiservice platform that delivers 32 wavelengths of fully protected bandwidth and scalability up to 10Gbps for each wavelength. Nortel said 25,000 Optical Metro 5000 series platforms have been deployed by more than 400 service providers, cable operators and enterprises around the world to date.