Thursday, May 24, 2007

Telstra Tests 40 Gbps Optical Transmission with Ericsson

Ericsson and Telstra completed a live network trial of 40 Gbps optical transmission technology. The trial was conducted over Telstra's existing 10Gbps 1,121 km coastal and 1,244 km inland optical fiber routes from Sydney to Melbourne.

Ericsson said its DWDM solution, Marconi MHL 3000, provides a seamless in service upgrade of capacity with minimal investment. The 40Gbps optical transmission technology is based on a new modulation format which exhibits high robustness against PMD (Polarization Mode Dispersion - a fiber characteristic which can limit high-speed transmission).

Alcatel-Lucent to Supply 802.16e-2005 WiMAX for Primus Canada

Primus Telecommunications Canada, the largest alternative communications carrier in Canada, and Mipps, a Canadian wireless operator that acquired 3.5 GHz licensed spectrum in most major cities across Canada, have selected Alcatel-Lucent's Evolium WiMAX solution to support market trials of IEEE 802.16e-2005 WiMAX broadband wireless access service.

Specifically, Mipps will deploy the Alcatel-Lucent 9100 Evolium WiMAX end-to-end radio solution, including base stations, Wireless Access Controller and Operation and Maintenance Center. Upon successful completion of the field trial, Primus Canada, through its strategic relationship with Mipps, will provide its subscribers with broadband access to high speed Internet and data transmissions with a guaranteed level of quality.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that more than 40 operators worldwide are deploying its WiMAX equipment.

CorEdge and Fujitsu Demo 10GbE MicroTCA

CorEdge Networks and Fujitsu Microelectronics America (FMA) are demonstrating a 10GbE MicroTCA implementation using CorEdge's 2U PicoTCA platform, which integrates a MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH), Power Module (PM), and up to four Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMCs). Video streams are transferred between two of CorEdge's 10Gbps programmable AMCs through the 10GbE-capable MCH, using Fujitsu's MB8AA3020 20-port, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch chip. 10GbE switching to the "fat pipe" region of the AMCs is enabled on the MCH by adding a 10GbE fabric module (CEN-FAB-E) to the base card. The Fujitsu MB8AA3020 20-port, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch chip is the primary component for this module.

The demonstration is being given at the MicroTCA Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, between May 30th and June 1st. The companies said their demonstration addresses the need for 10Gbps data rate support in a MicroTCA environment, while also showing interoperability between leading commercial off-the-shelf (COTs) suppliers.

"We introduced the Fujitsu-based 10GbE fabric module for our MCH earlier this year," said Will Chu, president of CorEdge Networks. "This demonstration uses the fabric module to show that MicroTCA, in a form factor as small as our 2U PicoTCA platform, is ready to tackle 10GbE applications. It also reveals that CorEdge's 10GbE expertise is not only in switching, but also in providing 10GbE line card solutions using our programmable AMCs."


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has canceled its forthcoming ITU TELECOM EUROPE 2007 event in Sofia, Bulgaria, which had been scheduled for December.

"Naturally, the decision to cancel an event is a disappointment. However, we feel that we have reached the best decision for all event stakeholders, given the constraints of time in which we found ourselves operating," Said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.

The next ITU event will take place in Africa and Asia in 2008. An announcement on ITU TELECOM AFRICA is expected imminently. ITU's flagship ITU TELECOM WORLD will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, 5−9 October 2009.

Nokia to Establish Research Facility at Tsinghua University

Nokia will establish a research center at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Tsinghua's professors and students will collaborate with NRC researchers on a wide range of topics; including wireless and Internet for Asia, interaction solutions for Asia, Mechanics & Hardware for Multimedia communications devices and mobile internet-based services. The collaboration will be substantial from the outset, with around 20 Nokia researchers working alongside 30 professors and associates and up to 50 students from Tsinghua.

Nokia has similar R&D arrangements with several world-class universities in the US, UK and Finland