Monday, February 19, 2007

DiVitas Debuts Mobile-to-Mobile Enterprise Convergence Solution

DiVitas Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, unveiled a mobile-to-mobile convergence solution that provides enterprises with seamless roaming and WiFi-cellular handoffs.

The DiVitas solution consists of a Mobile Convergence Appliance (MCA) deployed inside the enterprise and a Mobile Convergence Client(MCC) embedded in the handset. It works with existing PBX-based voice systems or in a standalone configuration and interoperates with any WLAN infrastructure. It supports dual-mode phones, WiFi-only phones, cellular-only smartphones, and softphones. It also provides access to enterprise applications, such as email, presence, IM, CRM, and others, over any network.

DiVitas said its MMC solution helps organizations increase the productivity of the entire corporate workforce by providing a cost-efficient solution for continuous and seamless mobile communications. A DiVitas MCA 1000 with a 10-user MCC license starts at $5,495 US list price and is available today worldwide.

Terayon Releases Video Management Applications

Terayon released new applications that help video service providers manage advertising, strengthen customer retention and increase revenue.
The Terayon Static Graphic Overlay, Motion Graphic Overlay and SqueezeBack applications allow video service providers to insert programming, information and advertising into content in real-time while remaining within the compressed MPEG domain. Terayon said working only within the compressed MPEG domain delivers sizable advantages by eliminating the cost, complexity and video quality degradation of current products that require converting the video back to analog.

Vodafone Iceland Selects Ericsson for IPTV

Vodafone Iceland has selected Ericsson to deliver an end-to-end IPTV solution to consumers in Iceland.

The deployment will also serve as a first step in the evolution toward converged multimedia end-user services based on Ericsson IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Viacom to License TV Content to Joost

Viacom will be a key content partner on Joost, the forthcoming Web-based TV service from the founders of Skype. Under the agreement, Viacom's divisions -- MTV Networks, BET Networks and Paramount Pictures -- will provide free television and theatrical programming on the Joost platform. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Joost aims to become the first online, global TV distribution platform, bringing together advertisers, content owners and viewers in an interactive, community-driven environment. Joost will be available over broadband Internet connection and offers broadcast-quality content to viewers for free.

Packet Design's Traffic Explorer Maps Applications and CoS

Packet Design has enhanced its Traffic Explorer IP traffic-analysis system with the ability to monitor and analyze traffic by specific applications and classes of service (CoS) on all links in the network. The system combines traffic-flow and CoS data with network-wide "path awareness" to reveal the consequences of routing changes on application and service delivery that are otherwise hidden inside the IP network "cloud."

Packet Design said the original version of its Traffic Explorer, which was introduced in March 2006, showed aggregated traffic volumes on a network topology map. Traffic Explorer 2.0 classifies the traffic to reveal its composition -- by application, class of service or other user-defined category such as location or department. Enterprises can now tie application performance problems to their network-specific causes, such as a poorly performing SAP application stemming from a misconfigured router or degraded VoIP call quality resulting from a failed link or router that has shifted traffic onto an already heavily loaded route.

Telenor Satellite Services Previews Secure Networking Technology

Telenor Satellite Services announced the first in a series of secure networking value added services it plans to offer. Terralink Secure, which Telenor plans to launch in Q2, is designed to stop unwanted traffic and content coming from the Internet to a user's satellite terminal before the content enters the satellite portion of the end-to-end connection. Terralink Secure differs from client-installed firewalls and security programs running on the user's PC, which can stop unwanted traffic after it has passed over the satellite portion of the connection. As a network based service, Terralink Secure results in a more efficient use of the satellite link both in terms of throughput and cost.

Clearwire to Acquire BellSouth's 2.5 GHz Spectrum

Clearwire, the broadband wireless services provider founded by Craig McCaw, agreed to acquire all 2.5 GHz spectrum currently licensed to, or leased by, BellSouth, now AT&T. The sale price is $300 million in cash. For AT&T, the deal follows through on a commitment of the AT&T-BellSouth merger.

The sale includes EBS (Education Broadband Service) spectrum, which is reserved for accredited educational institutions and noneducational organizations. Groups holding EBS licenses may lease portions of their spectrum to commercial operators. The sale also includes BRS (Broadband Radio Service) spectrum, which is used for commercial delivery of high speed wireless broadband services.
  • In January 2007, Clearwire named Scott Richardson as the company's new chief strategy officer. Richardson previously served as vice president of Intel's Mobility Group and general manager of the company's Service Provider Business Group. In these roles, Richardson led Intel's broadband wireless efforts from its inception and was responsible for driving the company's 802.16 silicon products for WiMax Certified wireless equipment and access devices.

  • In July 2006, Clearwire secured $900 million in funding to accelerate its development and deployment of portable and mobile WiMAX networks based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard. The deal included a $600 million investment from Intel Capital, its largest to date, and Motorola's acquisition of Clearwire's subsidiary NextNet Wireless, which supplies OFDM-based non-line-of-sight (NLOS) wireless broadband infrastructure equipment.

  • Clearwire was founded in October 2003 by Craig McCaw. Before creating Clearwire, McCaw founded McCaw Cellular – later purchased by AT&T Wireless.

Swisscom Chooses RADCOM's Omni-Q for IMS Test

Swisscom has ordered RADCOM's Omni-Q system to facilitate device selection and trial deployment of its next-generation, IMS-based network. Specifically, Swisscom will use Omni-Q to rate IMS infrastructure platforms and to verify a pre-launch, network and service model deployment.

Navini Supplies WiMAX in Nigeria

Navini Networks has supplied its Mobile WiMAX 802.16e equipment to
Hyperia for a portable broadband wireless access network in Port Harcourt (aka "Oil City"). Hyperia deployment is in the 3.5 GHz band. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Aruba Targets Large-scale, Secure Mobile Networking

Aruba Networks released an updated version of its operating system and application engine with new capabilities designed to provide enterprises with a global mobility domain that is scalable, multi-service, integrated with existing security infrastructure, and intelligently managed. New features include:

  • Virtual Mobile Networks -- Combines the benefits of centralized control with localized management capabilities

  • Management Contexts -- Enables delegation of management rights for various physical equipment and service to appropriate administrators

  • Bandwidth Control -- Resolves the issue of slow clients and allows per-SSID service level agreements

  • Voice Management and Control -- Expands scalability and performance and provides detailed monitoring and management for Voice over Wi-Fi (VoFi) services

  • Security Services Integration -- Allows easy integration of existing security devices and infrastructure with the Aruba mobility network

The Aruba Mobile Edge Architecture is designed to deliver secure mobility beyond basic wireless LAN (WLAN) connectivity, providing consistent network services to a user at headquarters and wherever the user roams, including branch locations, partner sites and home offices.

Aruba said many of the features in ArubaOS 3.1 and MMS 2.0 were developed to address the needs of large enterprises, such as Ohio State University, which is building one of the world's largest wireless LANs comprising up to 10,000 access points and using an Aruba Networks solution. The University has found that the prevailing WLAN models for delivering multiple services using multiple logical networks or SSIDs just does not scale to networks of its size.

Openwave Acquires WiderWeb for Mobile Access

Openwave Systems has acquired WiderWeb Limited, a developer of mobile web access solutions, for $5 million in cash and a potential $4 million contingent earn-out. The acquisition provides Openwave with an open internet browsing solution that re-formats web content for mobile phones in a highly optimized, compressed and standards-based XHTML/MP format.

WiderWeb technology will be integrated into Openwave's mobile gateway infrastructure, which is designed to enable operators to offer consumers a broader range of content choices by delivering full Internet web pages in a user friendly and device intelligent format to mobile data-enabled devices.

NTT America Expands in NYC

NTT America has expanded its network footprint in New York City to now include the NYC Connect facility at 111 Eighth Avenue.
The agreement with NYC Connect will expand the reach of NTT Communications' global Tier 1 IP backbone. It will also allow existing and potential local customers to access the Internet with interfaces up to 10GigE.

Bookham Supplies 980nm Pumps for Tyco's Undersea Applications

Bookham's 980nm OceanBright pump laser technology has been selected by Tyco Telecommunications (US) for deployment in its undersea cable systems. The products will be used in erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs), which are, in turn, incorporated into repeaters that form a critical element of undersea cable systems around the world.

Bookham said the reliability of its 980nm pump laser technology has already been proven with over 350,000 units shipped and 14 billion device hours with less than 25 FIT.

ColorChip Raises $7.4 Million for FTTH

ColorChip, a start-up based in Caesarea, Israel, raised $7.4 million for its glass-based Planer Lightwave Circuit (PLC) chips and modules for FTTH networks. The funding was led by Vertex Venture Capital and included existing investors Bessemer, Eurofund , Motorola , Polytechnos and Walden Israel Venture Capital.

ColorChip recently launched its Meteor II FTTx SOG Transceivers for optical network terminals (ONT/ONU) for GPON and EPON, which is currently sampling. ColorChip has also released the "Spark" product family of high performance PLC splitters mainly to the FTTx, CATV, analog and digital PONs markets.

Marvell's Supplies Applications Processor and WLAN for Seagate's DAVE

Marvell is supplying its PXA310 applications processor (internally codenamed Monahans) and its 88W8686 WLAN chipset for Seagate Technology's mobile storage platform, known as DAVE (Digital Audio Video Experience). The pocket-sized software/hardware platform also uses Seagate's hard disc drives. The companies said they are working closely to create an open development environment to allow seamless device connectivity.