Sunday, July 30, 2006

KT Selects ECI Telecom for Metro Ethernet Edge Routers

KT is deploying ECI Telecom's service edge routers on its metro Ethernet network. The routers are provided by ECI's Data Networking Division, formerly Laurel Networks. ECI plans to install additional ST200 routers in Q3 2006.

For the metro Ethernet network (KORNET) bid process, KT developed a competitive benchmark test that included thorough testing of IP routing, forwarding performance, quality of service, security and denial of service prevention. KT chose ECI after the ST200 Service Edge Router won its extensive benchmark test.

MetaSwitch Unveils IMS-Solution for Cable Operators

MetaSwitch introduced an IMS-based telephony solution aimed at the cable market called COMPETE! or Cable Operator Multiservice Platform for Enhanced Telephony Evolution. This new platform, which is based on MetaSwitch's existing softswitch platform, enables cable operators to offer voice services to both business and residential customers, including services such as hosted private branch exchange (PBX), unified communications and converged T1 services over IP.

The MetaSwitch COMPETE! solution is compatible with IMS and PacketCable Release 2 specifications. It features Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) infrastructure components, including the Cisco uBR7246VXR and uBR10012 Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS), Linksys multimedia telephony adapters and Scientific Atlanta set-top boxes. The COMPETE! solution is enabled by Cisco's Service Exchange Framework (SEF) component of IP NGN, which enables cable operators with seamless support for IMS as well as non-IMS applications - including Web 2.0 applications, .NET applications and others.

Other components of the COMPETE! solution include MetaSwitch's multimedia session control and application server and equipment from other companies including middleware for television-based services such as on-screen caller identification (CID), missed call list, and voicemail. In addition, as part of the COMPETE! solution, MetaSwitch announced support for dynamic quality of service (DQOS) within its Call Management Server component.

MetaSwitch said a key advantage of the COMPETE! solution is that it can be deployed as multiple distributed network elements, for scalability to hundreds of thousands of end users, or in a "drop-in" solution that integrates all the key telephony functions in a single chassis.

The MetaSwitch IMS-based softswitch solution is already being deployed by more than 10 cable operators, including Clear Creek Telephone & TeleVision, Cunningham Communications, Penasco Valley Telecommunications and Vidia Communications.

SanDisk Introduces 2-Gigabyte microSD Mobile Phone Card

SanDisk introduced a 2 GB microSD removable flash memory card aimed at mobile devices. This would allow storage of up to 1,000 mp3 file (assuming average 4 minute songs at 64 kbps). SanDisk's previous highest capacity was 1GB.

Convergin Adds SCIM Capabilities for Wireline Carriers

Convergin has enhanced its Accolade convergence SCIM (Service Capabilities Interaction Management) platform with new capabilities that allow connectivity of softswitches and IMS Call Session Control Functions (CSCF), with existing legacy services.

Convergin's Accolade platform allows SIP and IMS platforms to issue SIP queries towards legacy wireline AIN/INAP services, enabling operators' SS7 services to be delivered not only to the SS7/TDM switches, but also to next generation softswitches and IMS/SIP CSCFs.

Convergin said its SCIM platform not only enable SIP access to existing legacy SCP-based services, but can also control the access to those services from various switching platforms and service providers. Service providers that deploy Convergin's Accolade platform for legacy services can later use the platform to enhance their service offerings to permit SIP-based services and SIP/IMS Application Servers for legacy and next generation networks.

"We see a strong demand to provide core network solutions for service providers that are running mostly legacy services and also want to seamlessly deliver the same services to the recently-deployed next generation networks," said Dr. Ayal Itzkovitz, CEO of Convergin. "Our SCIM offering answers this need by unifying service delivery across fixed, mobile and IMS domains, while supporting and accelerating the migration to IMS."

Cable & Wireless Jamaica Selects Veraz and Verso for NGN Switching

Cable & Wireless Jamaica has selected Veraz Networks and Verso Technologies to provide an advanced NGN switching infrastructure and prepaid wireline solution. The deployment includes Veraz's ControlSwitch Softswitch and service delivery platform along with its I-Gate 4000 PRO media gateway and incorporates Verso's IP-based I-Master Application Server and Revenue Assurance Platform designed to deliver innovative prepaid features and services to subscribers. The turnkey solution was deployed and implemented within four weeks from the date of order. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Big Pipe Selects Broadwing for 10 Gbps Upgrade

Big Pipe, a division of Shaw Communications in Canada, has purchased an OC-192-based U.S. network backbone service from Broadwing Communications. The 10 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth provided by the upgrade will increase Big Pipe's capacity on three key routes: Seattle to San Jose, California; San Jose to Chicago; and Ashburn, Virginia, to New York.

Big Pipe provides IP-based backbone services to Internet service providers, carriers and large enterprises. Services include Transparent Local Area Network (TLS), Internet, private line and video transport.

The multi-million dollar agreement builds on the reciprocal relationship established between the two companies in 2004. That agreement provided for Broadwing to supply network services to Big Pipe in the United States and for Big Pipe to supply Broadwing with network services throughout Canada.

BSkyB to Supply NETGEAR Wireless Routers

Sky, which serves 8.1 million households in the UK and Ireland with satellite TV, will supply free NETGEAR wireless routers to all subscribers to its new broadband Internet access service.

Sky Broadband offers a 2 Mbps download speed with no monthly subscription (free for Sky TV customers). Sky Broadband also offers a choice of other service tiers with download speeds of up to 16 Mbps (GBP 16 per month for Sky TV customers). Monthly download usage ranges from 2GB to unlimited.

  • Sky launched its free Broadband service on 18-July-2006.

  • Sky Talk is offers unlimited calls to/from UK landlines GBP per month (plus line rental).

IPcelerate Offers IP Video Surveillance System

IPcelerate, a Dallas-based VoIP solutions provider, introduced an IP Video Surveillance solution for recording and monitoring video sessions. The system offers a web interface, providing multiple camera views, camera control interface and configurable floor plan maps. The server supports up to 32 cameras and can be configured to record all the time, when a camera detects motion, or when an alert is received.

WiNetworks Raises $11 Million for 802.16 d/e and DVB

WiNetworks, a start-up based in Herzalia, Israel, raised $11 million in venture capital funding for its WiMAX (IEEE 802.16 d/e) and Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) technologies.

WiNetworks specializes in Hybrid WiMAX DVB (HWDV) for delivering Triple Play services. The company is currently shipping its WiMAX platform, which is particularly aimed at Digital Broadcast Satellite (DBS) operators and Cable Operators that would like to expand their video content to mobile users.

In this round, most of the funding came from WiNetworks existing investors, Cedar Fund, Columbia Capital and Rho Capital, with Evergreen entering as a new investor. This is the second major financing round for WiNetworks, which was founded in 2003 with seed financing from Cedar Fund.

Verizon Wireless Launches LG Chocolate Handset, Cut

Verizon Wireless launched commercial availability of LG Electronics' "Chocolate" mobile slider phone designed to work with its V CAST Music service.

Chocolate features a glowing red touch sensitive keypad the enables users to browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from their phones over Verizon Wireless' broadband network or in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music online store. A 2GB microSD card stores up to 1,000 mp3 files.

V CAST provides access to 1.3 million songs.

Chocolate accessories include Bluetooth stereo headphones, portable speakers, microSD memory cards and a Music Essentials Kit. Bluetooth lanyard stereo ear bud headsets are also available for Chocolate and include an in-line music controller with play, rewind, fast-forward, pause and stop capabilities.

Verizon Wireless has eliminated the need for customers to subscribe to the V CAST VPak for $15 per month to use V CAST Music. Now, anyone with a V CAST Music-enabled phone can pay-as-they-go to download songs on their phone for $1.99 per song plus airtime, download songs to their Windows XP PC for $0.99 and transfer their existing compatible digital music collection to their V CAST Music-enabled phone or memory card for free from their PC. Purchases from the phone include two copies of every song -- one for the phone and one for the Windows XP PC.

XO Surpasses 5,000 Business VoIP Customers

XO Communications has surpassed the 5,000 customer milestone for its business-class VoIP services bundle, XOptions Flex. Launched fifteen months ago, XOptions Flex is an integrated VoIP services solution that serves businesses with as many as 160 employees at each location. The service combines virtually unlimited local and long distance calling, Dedicated Internet Access and web hosting services for a flat monthly price.

Ikanos to Acquire Doradus Technologies for Signal Processing

Ikanos Communications agreed to acquire Doradus Technologies, a start-up developing advanced signal processing products for communications and consumer applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ikanos said the Doradus team brings significant expertise in developing power- and spectrum-efficient signal processing products for high-performance wireline (DSL), wireless, and digital TV markets.

Doradus' "DoraVision" VSB/QAM demodulator, which is designed for digital TV applications, enables Ikanos to expand its offering of highly-integrated, multi-functional triple play products. The acquisition will add 7 employees to the Ikanos team.

  • Doradus Technologies is headed by Dr. Sam Heidari (CEO), who previously was a Director of Engineering at Ikanos Communications, and part of the original start-up team.

Tellabs Announces New $300 Million Share Repurchase Program

The Tellabs Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program of up to $300 million of the company's outstanding common stock (about 7% of shares at Friday's closing price). The new authorization follows Tellabs' completion of a $300 million share buyback program announced on February 2, 2005. The new share repurchase program will involve the purchase of common shares from time to time at the prevailing market price.

Lucent Joins Boeing-Led Team Competing for Secure Border Contract

Lucent Technologies was selected as a member of the Boeing team that is pursuing the SBInet contract. he Boeing-led team submitted its proposal to the U.S. government and is competing for an estimated $2 billion contract award.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Secure Border Initiative (SBI) aims to secure U.S. borders and reduce illegal immigration. The SBInet contract is expected to be awarded in September 2006.

In addition to Lucent, the Boeing-led SBInet team includes the following major contractors DRS Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group (Palm Bay, Fla.), Kollsman (Merrimack, N.H.), L-3 Communications (Washington, D.C.), Perot Systems (Plano, Texas)-- Unisys Global Public Sector (Reston, Va.) -- Unisys Global Public Sector has expertise in homeland security and law enforcement information systems and information technology infrastructure, engineering, operations and maintenance.
  • Ericsson is leading another consortium seeking to provide high-speed mobile broadband technology and IP applications to address the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Secure Border Initiative (SBInet). The ABSG team led by Ericsson includes Computer Sciences Corporation; Fluor Corporation; SYColeman Corporation, a division of L3 Communications; MTC Technologies; CAMBER Corporation; AEP Networks ; Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin.

    Ericsson's Border and Area Security (EBAS) system is already operational in the European Union (EU) as part of the EU's Schengen secure border surveillance project.

Ikanos Posts Q2 Revenue of $41.2 million, up 15% Sequentially

Ikanos Communications reported Q2 net revenues of $41.2 million, a sequential increase of 15% from the $35.8 million reported for the first quarter of 2006 and an increase of 115% from the $19.2 million reported for the second quarter of 2005. GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2006 was $2.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, on 27.1 million weighted average shares. This compares with a net loss of $1.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, on 24.5 million weighted average shares in the first quarter of fiscal 2006 and with a net loss of $0.4 million, or a loss of $0.24 per diluted share, on 1.8 million weighted average shares in the second quarter of 2005.

"Ikanos' record second quarter revenue reflects our continuing leadership in delivering the technology that carriers need to offer IPTV and interactive broadband services," said Rajesh Vashist, chairman and CEO of Ikanos Communications.

AudioCodes Reports Q2 Revenue of $33 Million, up 6% over Q1

AudioCodes reported Q2 revenue of $33.3 million compared to $31.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2006 and $28.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2005. Second quarter revenues grew 6.3% sequentially and increased 16.7% compared to the second quarter of 2005.

Net income was $3.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2006 compared to net income of $2.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2006 and net income of $3.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2005.

Adelphia's Cable Assets Distributed to Time Warner, Comcast

Adelphia Communications Corporation completed the sale of substantially all of its assets to Time Warner Cable and Comcast Corporation for aggregate consideration of approximately $12.5 billion in cash and approximately 16 percent of the equity of Time Warner's cable subsidiary.

  • Adelphia's approximately 4.8 million customers will be distributed between Time Warner Cable and Comcast.

  • Adelphia's almost 13,000 employees will transfer to Time Warner Cable and Comcast.

  • Adelphia also consummated a plan of reorganization for the former joint ventures with Comcast (Century-TCI and Parnassos), resulting in the repayment in full of approximately $1.7 billion of indebtedness.

  • Adelphia will hold the remaining sale proceeds for distribution to its creditors through a Plan of Reorganization as it seeks to resolve its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Adelphia grew into the fifth largest MSO in the U.S., reaching approximately 5.2 million basic subscribers in 31 states, including in the Los Angeles area, where it was the largest cable operator.

  • In June 2005, John Rigas, the founder of Adelphia Communications, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for fraud. Timothy Rigas, his son, who served as Adeplhia's CFO, was sentenced to 20 years. The father was 80, while the son was 49.

  • In May 2002, following allegations of financial wrong-doing, founder and CEO John Rigas and CFO Timothy Rigas resigned from the company and its Board of Directors. They were subsequently indicted. Adelphia filed for bankruptcy protection the following month.

Ruckus Wireless Targets In-Home Connectivity to Outdoor Metro Wi-Fi Services

Ruckus Wireless, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced the commercial availability of MetroFlex, a high-performance 802.11b/g wireless access gateway specifically designed to give consumers better in-home connectivity to outdoor metro-scale Wi-Fi networks.

Ruckus Wireless said its MetroFlex system is the most sensitive and reliable in-home Wi-Fi receiver on the market and has demonstrated the ability in rural environments to sustain above 5 Mbps at one kilometer away from the nearest Wi-Fi node. According to the company, the device is capable of receiving signals down to -100 dBm. It is equipped with a high power amplifier and dual (vertically and horizontally) polarized directional antennas that combine to deliver extended range and performance. The MetroFlex supports the latest data encryption (WPA PSK), 802.1x authentication and dynamic channel selection. Automatic firmware updates allow product upgrades without any user intervention.

Additionally, unique software developed by Ruckus Wireless specifically for its MetroFlex product determines the fastest Wi-Fi node with which to associate, based on the best data rates and strongest Wi-Fi signal.

The MetroFlex system is being deployed by several metro-scale Wi-Fi providers throughout the U.S., will be resold by Expressnets, a customer premise equipment (CPE) supplier and systems integrator, and is compliant with Tropos Networks' Metro Compatible Extensions Specification (TMCX) program.

"Subscriber connectivity at home is a potential Achilles heel for metro-scale Wi-Fi," said Leo Wandling, president of Expressnets. Expressnets was recently selected by the City of Mountain View (CA) as the official Metro Wi-Fi modem supplier and home subscriber integrator for its city-wide Wi-Fi network.
  • Ruckus' smart Wi-Fi technology uses automatically tunable high-gain antennas known as a smart antenna array. This smart antenna array sends and receives Wi-Fi signals over the best possible RF path at any given time. If the Wi-Fi environment changes, the Ruckus MetroFlex tunes itself by steering signals around problem areas or interference, thereby avoiding connection problems and poor performance.