Thursday, November 30, 2006

NEC Launches TDM/RPR Hybrid Multiplexer for 40 Gbps

NEC launched its new SpectralWave UN5000, a hybrid multiplexer that provides simultaneous Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) transport, in the Japanese market. The SpectralWave UN5000 was released for overseas telecommunications carriers in August 2006 and has been shipped to Rostelecom in Russia and at AIS in Thailand.

NEC's new product can be used to build 40 Gbps core networks. In addition to TDM and RPR, it also features RPR and Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS).

Alcatel-Lucent Creates Independent Subsidiary for U.S. Government Contracts

Alcatel-Lucent announced the creation of LGS, an independent subsidiary dedicated to serving the U.S. government.

LGS, headquartered in Vienna, Va., will be created by joining employees from Lucent's Government Solutions business unit, Alcatel Government Solutions, Inc., and Lucent's Bell Labs Government Communications Lab. LGS will become the sole sales and contracting channel for all classified and unclassified business contracted from U.S. federal agencies and departments, both military and civilian.

LGS is currently finalizing its operational structure and processes, which are planned for completion in early January. LGS will have its own leadership team as well as its own board of directors, initially including three previous members of the national security community: William Perry, former Secretary of Defense, James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence and Kenneth Minihan, former director of the National Security Agency.

LGS will be led by Ron Iverson, CEO, who recently joined Lucent from Northrop Grumman where he was responsible for coordination of Air Force marketing and business development dealing with Information Technology.

Alcatel-Lucent Unveils New Look

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its new logo and corporate visual identity. The company's new logo is a stylized version of an infinity symbol that looks as if it were drawn by hand. Embedded within the symbol is an A and an L.

"Our new logo represents the endless possibilities for the future and our commitment to being a strong and enduring ally for our customers around the world," said Patricia Russo, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent.

Yahoo! Posts Video News Clips from BBC

Yahoo! News began posting BBC News video on its site, through a new agreement with ABC News. Initially, about 30 video clips of BBC News will be posted per day.

In January 2006, ABC News announced an agreement to become the exclusive representative for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for distribution of BBC News on demand broadband and wireless content in North America.

Spirent Highlights Participation in MSF GMI 2006 Interoperability Event

During the MultiService Forum's (MSF's) recent GMI 2006 event, which was held in October, Spirent Communications provided experts, test equipment and advanced IMS test methodologies to facilitate the stringent testing requirements of MSF Release 3 implementation at all five carrier sites (BT, KT, NTT, Verizon and Vodafone). This involved 200 next-generation network (NGN) elements tested against carrier defined test scenarios. Spirent's support included test coverage for all portions of the IMS network:

  • IMS Access Network - Spirent provided real-world traffic models to evaluate wireless core packet data network elements associated with FMC applications.

  • IMS Core Network - Spirent simulated UE (User Element) traffic and emulated the core network elements.

  • PSTN Network - Spirent emulated end to end traffic and all PSTN network elements.

  • Service prototyping -- Spirent simulated many Next Generation Network services.

Spirent said that its participating staff saw many difficulties associated with deploying proprietary implementations between multiple service providers. Specifically many differences were observed in the operation of User Element devices and with differing interpretations of the core IMS protocols.

Garmin Acquires Dynastream for Wireless Monitoring Tech.

Garmin, a developer of GPS navigation, communication and information devices, acquired Dynastream Innovations $36 million in cash.

Dynastream, which is located in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, develops personal monitoring technology -- such as foot pods and heart rate monitors for sports and fitness products. The company also specializes in ultra low power and low cost wireless connectivity solutions for a wide range of applications. These products address the needs of a broad spectrum of fitness consumers, from heath and wellness to performance athletes.