Thursday, June 7, 2007

OpVista Enhances Carrier Ethernet Transport Solution

OpVista introduced an "EtherWave" Carrier Ethernet Transport solution for aggregating Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) traffic streams with 10 GbE handoff on metro and regional backbone networks. The solution consists of the OpVista2000 TR-110 GbE "muxponder" and the TR-71 10GbE transponder and incorporating Layer 2 functionality. It works by combining 10 GbE "client side" signals into one 10-G ITU-compliant DWDM wavelength on the "network side." OpVista can then handoff a 10GbE signal to a router located in a central office or hub node facility, with the individual GbE streams tagged separately to allow distribution to the appropriate service. This cost-effective aggregation and segregation eliminates the need for an edge router.

OpVista's EtherWave is generally available and shipping to customers in July 2007.

Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum Releases First Specs

The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum published the first set of specifications in LiPS Release 1.0, whose complete delivery is planned by the end of 2007. In addition LiPS unveiled a roadmap of additional specification areas to be developed through 2008.

The specifications published include the following: LiPS Reference Model, Address Book and Voice Call Enabler, and User Interface Services (Widget sets, Key Navigation and Text Input Method APIs-- based on GTK).

Before the end of 2007, the LiPS Forum will finalize the remaining elements of LiPS Release 1.0 by adding specifications relating to Telephony, Messaging, Calendar, IM, Presence and additional User Interface Services API specifications.

Planned for release in 2008 are the Application Framework, Services APIs (e.g., based on IMS), Device Management APIs (based on OMA DM), and additional Enabler APIs (e.g., for multimedia).

The Forum said its emerging LiPS standards will benefit the Linux-based mobile industry, especially in terms of reducing fragmentation, by informing and aligning OEMs, ISVs, operators and other consortia and standards bodies.
  • The LiPS Forum was founded in November 2005. Founding members are ACCESS, ARM, Cellon International, Esmertec, France Telecom, Orange, Huawei Technologies, MIZI Research, MontaVista Software, Open-Plug and VirtualLogix.

Ericsson Acquires Drutt for Mobile Service Delivery Platform

Ericsson agreed to acquire Sweden-based Drutt Corporation for an undisclosed sum. Drutt supplies a Mobile Service Delivery Platform (MSDP) that helps operators mobilize and charge for any content to any kind of mobile device, over any mobile network and delivery channel. Drutt claims deployments in more than 60 telecom operators in 35 countries, managing millions of transactions every day.

Drutt Corporation has subsidiaries in Sweden, China, Canada and Mexico and is owned by Provider Venture Partners Funds, TeliaSonera and certain employees. The company employs about 85 people and more than 90 percent of the employees reside in Sweden, where the global operations are located.

Asia Netcom to Extend via New Cable Landing Station in Qingdao

Asia Netcom will extend its undersea cable network via a Cable Landing Station operated by China Netcom in the northern Chinese city of Qingdao. This will provide seamlessly connectivity to China Netcom's national fiber infrastructure.

EAC-Qingdao link will initially feature 80Gbps of capacity, and is upgradeable incrementally to 2.56 Tbps.

Qingdao's proximity to key northern Chinese cities will reduce the distance by more than half between major commercial centers, such as Shanghai and Beijing, and the key North Asian markets of Japan and Korea as well as the U.S. Network latency will be reduced by up to 40% compared to existing routes to those locations through EAC's Hong Kong landing point.
  • In January 2007, Asia Netcom announced plans to add a new trans-Pacific portion to its regional submarine cable system, EAC. The new 23,500 km cable, which is expected to be completed by July 2008, consists of a northern route connecting Japan to the US, and a southern route linking the Philippines to the US via Guam and Hawaii. EAC Pacific will also include a subsea link between the Philippines directly with Japan, which will close the ring design and integrate the trans-Pacific infrastructure with the current system. The new EAC Pacific system will feature 4 fiber pairs, each capable of supporting a minimum design capacity of 2.56 Tbps using 64-wavelength DWDM capable of transporting 10 Gbps per wavelength.

Telecom New Zealand Selects Alcatel-Lucent for W-CDMA

Telecom New Zealand selected Alcatel-Lucent as its technology partner for the deployment of a new third-generation (3G) Wideband-CDMA (W-CDMA)/High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network deployment. Subject to a suitable commercial arrangement being reached, Alcatel-Lucent will work with Telecom New Zealand as part of a EUR 168 million (NZ 300 million) mobile network investment plan.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it has deployed commercial 3G (UMTS/HSPA and CDMA2000) systems for more than 70 operators worldwide.

hanarotelecom to Delist from Nasdaq, Eliminating U.S. Reporting Obligations

hanarotelecom, the Korean broadband operator, provided written notice to Nasdaq of its intent to delist its American Depositary Receipts ("ADRs"). Delisting from Nasdaq will consolidate trading on hanarotelecom's primary exchange, KOSDAQ (Korean Securities Dealers Automated Quotation), which accounts for approximately 99% of total worldwide trading. It will also free the company from reporting requirements under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act.
  • In May 2007, Spirent Communications and Telstra separately announced plans to delist their shares from U.S. markets.

Ericsson Signs US$1 Billion Deal with China Mobile

China Mobile awarded a GSM expansion contract to Ericsson covering the supply of core and radio network equipment, along with related technical support and services. The signing ceremony is Stockholm was attended by Chinese President Hu Jintao, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Wang Jianzhou, Chief Executive of China Mobile Communications Corporation, and Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.

A second major signing ceremony occurred between Sony Ericsson (the 50-50 joint venture between Sony and Ericsson) and China Postel Mobile Communications Equipment (China Postel), a subsidiary of China National Postal and Telecommunications Appliances Corporation (PTAC).

Tele 2 Selects Nokia Siemens Networks for New DWDM Backbone

Tele2 has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to build a new pan-European DWDM network capable of scaling support 40 Gbps wavelengths. Tele2's core transport network will be based on the SURPASS hiT 7300 optical platform. The SURPASS hiT 7300 integrates technology from Stratalight Communications to support the 40 Gbps rates per wavelength.

Tele2's new optical backbone will cover Central Europe. The deployment started in the second quarter of 2007. Financial terms were not disclosed.