Sunday, June 3, 2007

ECI Telecom Unveils Layer 2 Encryption for Ethernet Networks

ECI Telecom introduced an advanced encryption solution that protects all types of data transmission over high-speed Ethernet networks. Target applications include government and military telecommunications.

ECI's Aurora-G card offers Layer-2 encryption and is integrated into ECI's flagship XDM Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) and All-Range ROADM solution. Aurora-G's functionalities, including its encryption keys, are managed remotely by ECI's LightSoft network management system.

The Aurora-G encrypts high-capacity Ethernet traffic with the strongest encryption method available today - AES-256. Any piece of data that is not encrypted with the correct key or that was modified in any way is rejected, thus safeguarding the network. ECI Telecom said its Aurora-G does not affect delay-sensitive applications, such as video, due to its extremely low latency. It operates transparently in the network, not affecting quality of service, and guaranteeing the original high throughput and capacity of the network.

Nevis Cites Rapid Growth for its Identity-based Policy Enforcement

Nevis Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, announced it has more than doubled sales quarter-to-quarter, Q4 2006 -- Q1 2007 for its identity-based policy enforcement solutions. The company's customer base more than 140 percent in the last six months. In addition, the company has added its first Fortune 100 customer as demand for its LANenforcer product line continues to grow.

The Nevis LANenforcer family integrates comprehensive LAN security functions into an ASIC-based security policy processing engine that provides deep inspection of every packet to ensure data integrity and confidentiality, threat containment and user accountability. The appliances uniquely integrate identity-based user access control, deep threat defense and user visibility to ensure persistent pre-and-post connect LAN security.

"Customers that have looked at a wide variety of so-called NAC solutions have a strong preference for inline systems that can enforce granular pre and post-connect policies to secure their LANs," said Shane Buckley, chief operating officer of Nevis Networks. "But that's only half the battle. Deployment simplicity is the key driver of this wave of success we're enjoying in the marketplace."

Covergence Offers SBC-Capability for IBM BladeCenter

Covergence introduced a session border controller solution for the IBM BladeCenter in order to facilitate the integration of real-time communications into enterprise business platforms.

The Covergence - IBM solution delivers the full implementation of Covergence's access-edge Session Border Controller (aSBC) as a blade within an IBM BladeCenter chassis. The companies said the CXC appliance enables services such as presence-enabled instant messaging (IM), audio, video and others. One customer has used the CXC web services interface to integrate call control and automatic voicemail initiation into their CRM system. Now the customer's sales force is able to initiate calls from the CRM system and if the call goes to a prospect's voicemail, the CXC delivers a pre-recorded voicemail from the sales representative so the representative can move on to a new prospect.

Fujitsu Debuts Packet Optical Networking Platform

Fujitsu Network Communications unveiled its new optical networking flagship -- the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform -- designed to provide modular integration of Ethernet, ROADM, and SONET transport technologies via a single addressable optical networking class element. Target applications include as a metro transport and aggregation platform for Triple-play Services; in Core Metro/Regional Networks, where the platform integrates and collapses complete ROADM and NGADM devices into a single network element with next-generation grooming capabilities; in Ethernet Services Networks, where the system supports the full range of E-Line and E-LAN services, as well as today's popular Ethernet over SONET services; and in Wireless Backhaul, where the system can manage latency-sensitive applications due to unified support for native TDM and connection-oriented Ethernet.

The FLASHWAVE 9500 features a patent-pending universal switch fabric that allows both SONET-based traffic and packet-based traffic to be switched, groomed, and managed in its native format without any form of circuit-emulation technology. Fujitsu said its FLASHWAVE 9500 system will support pseudowire and MPLS technologies to deliver connection-oriented Ethernet, and provide private-line equivalent QoS in a unified Ethernet services network.

The FLASHWAVE 9500 platform also delivers full ROADM operational simplicity and optical transmission performance at a leading density and cost-point. It offers up to 480G of SONET or packet bandwidth in one third of a rack. The platform integrates full ROADM functionality by supporting a two-degree, 40G-ready ROADM in one quarter of a shelf, while allowing easy expansion to multiple degrees.

Network management is provided through Fujitsu's existing suite of tools, including the NETSMART 500 craft user interface, NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS), and the NETSMART 2000 planning tool.

BigBand Supplies CMTS Platform in Austria

LIWEST Kabelmedien GmbH, the second largest cable operator in Austria, has deployed BigBand Networks' Cuda CMTS to deliver high-speed data and voice services to subscribers near the Austrian city of Linz. The operator is also testing BigBand's M-CMTS solution as part of the company's early access program. BigBand's M-CMTS enables operators to increase access speeds at a relatively low cost per bit by migrating functionality traditionally performed by the CMTS onto a less expensive edge quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AMCC Introduces Processor for APs, Gateways, STBs

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation announced the second member of its embedded processor family -- the PowerPC 405EXr, designed for price and performance in 802.11n and WiMAX-based wireless access points, residential gateways and advanced set-top boxes (STBs). The 405EXr is highly optimized for next generation WLAN applications and shares many features with the recently announced 405EX. While the 405EX is designed for enterprise class applications, the 405EXr, with a single lane of PCI Express and single Gigabit Ethernet port, is optimized for small or medium businesses, residential gateways and high-end SOHO applications.

The 405EXr PCI Express interface provides up to 2.5Gbps of sustained throughput for connectivity for high-performance 802.11n or WiMAX radio chipsets, or to other PCI Express-based chipsets.

The 405EXr includes a triple-speed USB 2.0 On-the-Go port capable of up to 480 Mbps which can be configured as either a device or host. A NAND Flash Controller and a full suite of Serial I/O ports, including UART, IIC, SPI and 32-bit external peripheral bus are additional key connectivity capabilities of the 405EXr.

Separately, AMCC announced a partnership with Senao to develop turnkey, Enterprise Access Point reference design kits.

Marvell Consumer Chips integrate with BitTorrent

BitTorrent has delivered an optimized software solution for the Marvell 88F5182 system-on-chip (SoC) platform, to be made available for consumer electronics devices such as network attached storage (NAS) devices, set-top boxes, and media vault solutions. Marvell SoCs feature a CPU, peripherals, and controllers in a single integrated package, enabling the convergence of storage, networking, and smart media processing. Additional features include a QoS architecture that prioritizes real-time audio and video traffic, and a superscalar pipeline that enables high-end imaging applications such as laser printing.

Marvell Debuts Quad-Port Gigabit Ethernet PHY

Marvell introduced a line of single, dual, quad and octal Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) transceivers featuring low-power consumption, advanced power saving modes, and a high-level of integration. The Alaska 88E1240 is Marvell's latest pin- compatible addition to the quad-PHY family. The 88E1240 consumes less than 500mW per port in 1000BASE-T full-duplex mode, significantly lowering the thermal profile of fan-less systems.

Marvell said the active low-power consumption of the 88E1240 combined with its advanced power-saving modes, delivers a new level of energy efficiency for a new breed of cost-optimized, entry-level GbE switching platforms.

Flextronics to Acquire Solectron for $3.6 Billion

In a deal likely to transform the contract manufacturing of high-end computing, networking and telecom gear, Flextronics International agreed to acquire Solectron Corporation for approximately $3.6 billion in equity, based on the closing price of Flextronics ordinary shares on June 1, 2007. Both companies specialized in electronics manufacturing services for OEM customers.

The combined company will have approximately 4,000 design engineers, 200,000 employees, and annual revenues exceeding $30 billion.

"Solectron's strength in the high-end computing and telecom segments will be an invaluable addition to Flextronics's existing capabilities and the combined company will be a market leader in most product market segments. We will be a larger, more competitive company and therefore better positioned to deliver supply chain solutions that fulfill our customers' increasingly complex requirements. The breadth and depth of the combined company significantly leverages our vertical integration capability while taking significant costs out of the combined company's infrastructure," stated Mike McNamara, CEO of Flextronics.

Verizon VoIP Powers Microsoft's Windows Live Call

Verizon Business is providing the VoIP capabilities behind Microsoft's Windows Live Call for Free service. Verizon Business' SIP Gateway Service enables Microsoft to offer packet-based telephony products and services to end-users. SIP Gateway accepts call traffic from retail VoIP telephony providers over Verizon Business' global IP backbone and terminates to the PSTN.

With Windows Live Call for Free consumers can make free calls to merchants on the Web at

Global Crossing Closes $350 Million Loan

Global Crossing amended its five-year, senior secured term loan facility to increase the amount of the term loan facility from $250 million to $350 million, yielding total net cash proceeds estimated at $337 million after payment of fees and expenses. Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse served as joint book runners.

OpVista Supplies Optical Backbone for Choice Cable TV of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's Choice Cable TV is using OpVista's nWave platform for a flexible, point-to-multipoint 40 wavelength DWDM network, which can support high-bandwidth Digital Video, IP- and Ethernet-based services. The network will also be used for delivering enhanced VOD and multiple HDTV channels. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cable & Wireless Launches Managed Video Conferencing/Collaboration

Cable & Wireless Europe, Asia and US introduced a fully managed video conferencing and collaboration service that provides seamless, global connectivity and complete interoperability with other telepresence suites, standard and high-definition systems, desktop video appliances, webcams, 3G video phones and audio devices.

Cable & Wireless, through a partnership with BCS Global, will be offering the Virtual Telepresence solution, as part of its continued focus on providing IP-based applications that enhance its customers' overall experience. The service includes an unlimited use video-calling plan, always on Virtual Video Meeting Rooms, customized screen layouts, complete end-point and directory management and detailed billing.

Meraki Offers Solar Powered Outdoor Wi-Fi Repeater

Meraki Networks introduced a Wi-Fi outdoor repeater and solar panel. The Meraki Outdoor unit is priced at $99 and can send a signal up to 213 meters (700 feet). The unit can be installed on a wall or pole outside a house, enabling a nearby broadband connection to be shared with dozens of households in the vicinity. The solar panel enables the repeater to broadcast a signal without being connected to any electrical source. The solar kit includes a solar panel, battery pack and an outdoor Ethernet cable.

Avaya Milestone: 100,000th IP Office System Sold

Avaya announced a company milestone -- more than 100,000 IP Office systems sold to small and mid-sized organizations around the globe, serving an estimated 3.6 million users.

AT&T Introduces U-verse in San Diego

AT&T began offering its U-verse IPTV service in San Diego and surrounding areas.

AT&T U-verse services are initially available in parts of the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos metropolitan statistical area (MSA), including San Diego, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Chula Vista and San Diego County. AT&T will continue to increase availability throughout the area on an ongoing basis.

PMC-Sierra Unveils Gigabit Fiber Access Gateway, Supporting EPON, GPON, GigE, VDSL2

PMC-Sierra unveiled a set of gigabit fiber access gateway system-on-chip (SoC) solutions designed for Fiber To The Home (FTTH) and Fiber to the Node (FTTN) deployments. Both SoCs deliver gigabit-per-second line-rate IPV4/V6 routing, Network Address Translation (NAT), QoS, encryption and a multi-channel VoIP terminal adaptor.

PMC-Sierra's new fiber access gateway solutions are powered by a 600MHz MIPS processor core with hardware multi-threading with sufficient performance to deliver multiple, simultaneous HDTV streams inside the home and with enough headroom to support gateway-hosted applications, such as integrated storage/media server, fixed mobile convergence (FMC) clients, and remote access servers. The devices and consume less than 1.5W of power, enabling them to be used in fanless designs.

A fully programmable packet processing architecture can accommodate future service models and home network configurations.

The MSP7140/50 integrate three gigabit ports, two USB 2.0 full-speed PHYs (physical interfaces), a 66 MHz PCI bus, DDR2 memory controller, multi-channel VoIP terminal adapter, IPSec accelerator and hardware protection against small packet flooding to protect critical services from packet loss during periods of high network activity.

PMC-Sierra's MSP7150 supports both IEEE 802.3ah-compliant EPON and ITU-T G.984-compliant GPON fiber access gateway solutions. With an integrated VDSL2 modem, the MSP7140 is suitable for a multi-service VDSL2-based gateway. The MSP7140 device is interoperable with all installed central office VDSL1 and VDSL2 chipsets, and is backwards compatible to ADSL2+.

The MSP7140/50 fiber access gateway devices and reference design platforms will be sampling in early Q3 2007.

Randall Stephenson Takes Over at AT&T

Randall Stephenson assumed the position of chairman of the board and chief executive officer of AT&T, replacing Edward E. Whitacre Jr. who retired from both positions.

Stephenson announced that the following executives will report to him:

  • Bill Blase, 52, senior executive vice president, Human Resources
  • Jim Callaway, 60, senior executive vice president, Executive Operations

  • Jim Cicconi, 54, senior executive vice president, External and Legislative Affairs

  • Cathy Coughlin, 49, senior executive vice president and global marketing officer

  • Ralph de la Vega, 55, group president, Regional Telecommunications and Entertainment

  • Rick Lindner, 52, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer

  • Forrest Miller, 54, group president, Corporate Strategy and Development

  • Stan Sigman, 60, president and chief executive officer, AT&T Mobility

  • Ron Spears, 59, group president, Global Business Services

  • John Stankey, 44, group president, Operations Support

  • Wayne Watts, 53, senior executive vice president and general counsel
  • Ray Wilkins, 55, group president, Diversified Businesses
  • Randall Stephenson previously served as chief operating officer for AT&T for all wireless and wireline operations. He was named chief operating officer for SBC Communications Inc. in April 2004, and continued as COO following SBC's acquisition of AT&T Corp. in November 2005. Stephenson began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982 in the information technology organization in Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Oklahoma.