Monday, June 18, 2007

Continuous Computing Debuts ATCA Packet Processing Appliance

Continuous Computing has expanded its AdvancedTCA (ATCA) system family with a new ATCA Packet Processing Appliance that delivers up to 20Gbps of deep packet inspection capability in a very compact system.

The ATCA Packet Processing Appliance is targeted for use in lower density edge devices delivering network security, QoS, service level agreement enforcement, traffic engineering, admission and authentication, and session-based billing. The system may also be used for network access control (NAC).

It comes with a suite of Trillium software including control plane, networking and routing protocols -- such as SIP, Diameter, IPv4, IPv6, IPSEC, IGMP, BGP and OSPF -- as well as customized Trillium Professional Services. Each low-profile system contains a FlexPacket ATCA-PP50 deep packet inspection blade and a FlexCompute ATCA-XE30 general processing blade, both housed in either a carrier-grade 2U DC-powered or a 3U AC-powered ATCA chassis.

The FlexPacket ATCA-PP50 packet processing blade incorporates two XLR732 multi-core MIPS devices from Raza Microelectronics. It supports a dual redundant 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) backplane fabric with a range of 10GbE and 1GbE ports to the front and rear. Each XLR732 multi-core MIPS64 processor supports up to 8GB of memory (16GB per blade) and can connect to mezzanine sites for supporting TCAM and dedicated content processors via the on-chip hyper-transport interface.

To complement this new appliance, Continuous Computing also offers a range of ATCA FlexChassis options, including 12U, 5U and now a 2U/3U chassis.

BT Deploys Ciena's across 100+ UK Sites

BT, which has completed around 20 percent of its core 21CN national network infrastructure in the UK, has installed more than 500 Ciena network elements to date to connect network nodes in every major city in England, Scotland and Wales. The deployment includes the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform, CoreDirector Multiservice Switch, CoreStream Agility Optical Transmission System and ON-Center Network and Service Management Suite.

In addition to the 21CN roll-out in the UK, Ciena's CN 4200 platform is being deployed to support BT's 21CN Global platform. Ciena said projects are currently underway across multiple markets around the world to support BT's next-generation network architecture.

Ericsson Boosts Capacity of its GPON Platform

Ericsson announced an upgrade to its EDA 1500 GPON access platform. The upgraded version of EDA 1500 can now switch bandwidth up to 320 Gbps for commercial and residential next-generation multimedia services.

Key features of include an interface card with two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and another interface card with eight 1 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. New software also provides 1:64 split ratio on the fiber and Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation (DBA) along with a suite of IP features including Quality of Service (QoS), security and other upgrades.

Ericsson's GPON solution is already in service in North America and internationally.
  • Earlier this month, AT&T announced its selection of Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to provide equipment for the planned deployment of GPON in "new build," or greenfield areas, as part of its overall U-verse network strategy.

  • Earlier this year, Ericsson acquired Entrisphere, a start-up specializing in GPON fiber access technology, for an undisclosed sum. The core of the Entrisphere GPON solution includes Optical Line Terminals (OLTs), Optical Network Terminals (ONTs), Optical Network Units (ONUs) and management systems. The solution also includes software upgrades that expand existing IP service-aware features such as IGMP multicasting, VLAN stacking and tagging, and security upgrades.

Ericsson and Redback Cite Joint Sales Momentum

Ericsson and its recently acquired subsidiary Redback Networks cited growing joint sales momentum, including a series of new international deals in the past 90 days, spanning Brazil, China, Hungary, Lebanon, Romania, Spain, Turkey and a mobile operator in the UK. Customers include Jiangsu Telecom, a unit of China Telecom, and the Lebanese carrier Sodetel.

"Road to 100G" Alliance Sets Charter

A new "Road to 100G" Alliance has been founded by leading technology developers market leaders to accelerate the adoption and ongoing development of a new era of next-generation networking platforms.

The charter of the Road to 100G Alliance is to provide a framework that encourages the development of comprehensive solutions that are optimized for high-density communications applications. The Alliance plans to provide ongoing education, application support and common reference design data to accelerate the deployment of high performance enterprise, metro, carrier, and long haul network solutions. The Road to 100G Alliance also plans to sponsor programs, events and communications relating to the validation of these advanced networking platforms.

The founding members of the Alliance are Bay Microsystems, Enigma Semiconductor, IDT (Integrated Device Technology), IP Infusion (an ACCESS Company), and Lattice Semiconductor.

"The industry is experiencing unprecedented demand for bandwidth, driven primarily by the emergence of new IP-based consumer services," said Bill Weisinger, Chairman of the Road to 100G Alliance. "The ecosystem created by the Road to 100G Alliance will facilitate and accelerate the release of new platforms that support these new services. We welcome new members in all areas, including component, software, equipment, and service providers, in order to expand the reach of this developing ecosystem."

AboveNet Deploys Ciena's CoreStream Optical Switch

AboveNet is deploying Ciena's CoreStream Agility Optical Transport System to upgrade its core optical network. AboveNet operates a private optical network with more than 1.5 million fiber miles interconnecting 14 of the top U.S. metro markets and London. The service provider offers a portfolio of metro area network, wide area network and managed services, including wavelength services, Metro Ethernet, WAN Ethernet, IP transit and dark fiber. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ciena's CoreStream is an all-optical, ultra long-haul (ULH) transport platform. It offers high wavelength density, service flexibility and bandwidth scalability with granular optical wavelength routing wavelengths for speeds up to 40G today and 100G future. CoreStream Agility's all-optical design also eliminates optical-electrical-optical (OEO) signal conversions and transceivers.

Motorola Launches Video-Optimized GPON Platform

Motorola introduced its next-gen, high-density all IP GPON access platform, offering a 200 Gbps advanced switching architecture with onboard high-capacity single and ten Gbps WAN interfaces and support of ten Gbps to each application unit resulting in full GPON line-rate throughput to the access network. Motorola said its GPON solution is optimized to support dynamic video traffic patterns and sustained subscriber throughput of 200 Mbps symmetrical -- with burst rate capacity of up to 400 Mbps.

Additionally, Motorola is introducing an intelligent and fully featured line of small business, high-density multi-dwelling units and both indoor and outdoor single family home GPON optical network terminals (ONTs).

Alcatel-Lucent Doubles Capacity of its FTTH Platform

Alcatel-Lucent has enhanced its 7342 ISAM Fiber-to-the-User (FTTU) solution with a new quad port line card, which double system capacity. The new GPON line card has four GPON ports, each of which can support up to 64 subscribers with 2.5 Gbps downstream and 1.25 Gbps upstream line rates. Release 4.4 also supports VoIP with SIP and H248, supporting IPTV with IGMPv3 for fast TV channel change.

The company also introduced a compact, multiple dwelling unit (MDU) GPON optical network terminal (ONT), which is capable of serving up to 12 living units with traditional phone line services and either VDSL or Ethernet data. The MDU ONT can be used to deliver voice, video and data over a building's existing copper wires.

Alcatel-Lucent also noted that it is engaged in more than 60 FTTx projects around the world, more than 30 of which are with GPON.

Alcatel-Lucent Adds IP/MPLS Control Plane Assurance Manager

Alcatel-Lucent has enhanced its IP/MPLS management capabilities with the addition of a new tool for fault prevention, monitoring and simplified troubleshooting for the IP control plane, allowing operators to proactively identify routing-related problems before they impact the network.

The new Alcatel-Lucent 5650 Control Plane Assurance Manager (CPAM) can be coupled with the 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) to manage the interdependence of service and IP/MPLS layers. The tools validate control plane configuration and issues malfunction alerts, which reduces troubleshooting time for service and MPLS infrastructure provisioning fall-outs and customer-reported problems.

AT&T Launches IMS-based Wireless Video Share Service

In a keynote address at Nxtcomm, AT&T CEO AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson announced the launch of a video share service in the U.S. that allows users to share live video over their wireless devices while participating in a voice call. Video Share enables one-way, live streaming video feeds, which can be seen by both users while they are participating in a two-way voice conversation.

Significantly, Video Share is the first AT&T service to be delivered on the company's new IMS platform. AT&T said the IMS platform will be used to deliver a range of other services and applications over both wireless and wireline network connections.

Video Share is now available in three initial U.S. markets: Atlanta, Dallas and San Antonio. Service availability will then expand in late July throughout the company's 3G wireless network footprint, which covers more than 160 U.S. markets today. The service works exclusively over the AT&T 3G wireless network.

A Video Share-capable handset is required and two Video Share service packages will be available, with prices of $4.99 each month for 25 minutes of Video Share usage, or $9.99 each month for 60 minutes of usage. Users may also choose to pay as they go and pay 35 cents a minute each time they use the service.

"Video Share is groundbreaking today as a wireless-to-wireless service, but the potential for the service will expand even further in the near future," Stephenson said.

BroadLight Integrates VoIP into GPON ONT Chip

BroadLight unveiled its BL2347 chip targeted at lowering the cost of residential ONTs. The new device eliminates at least two bill of material (B.O.M.) components common on many ONTs. Key features include:

  • Embedded VoIP DSP for 4 concurrent ports, 3-way calling and T.38 fax

  • Embedded 4-port fast Ethernet switch

  • Gigabit Ethernet port with 1 Gbps bridging throughput all packet size

  • Flexible data port configurations with combinations of Fast and Gigabit Ethernet

  • ITU-T G.984 compliant and interoperability proven GPON MAC

  • PONMaker software for GPON and device operation

  • 19x19 PBGA-484 1.4W industrial temperature
    The BL2347 will sample to customers at the end of 2007.

IP Unity Glenayre Supplies Voice Portal for China Telecom

IP Unity Glenayre will supply its Media Server and Application Server to China Telecom for use as a voice and data portal. Subscribers will be able to manage all of their critical business communications through a single portal, including fax, audio conferencing, data collaboration, IVR, email, single number service, SMS, and Click to Conference. Financial terms were not disclosed.

IP Unity Glenayre collaborated with GSTA (China Telecom Guangzhou R&D Center), to develop a voice portal solution for small to medium size enterprise customers. GSTA is one of three research and development centers for China Telecom. The Voice and Data portal will be initially deployed to 30,000 China Telecom end users in three major cities: Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen.

ZTE Unveils Tiny GSM Base Stations, Weighing 900g

ZTE introduced its newest and smallest dual-mode, GSM pico base station. It looks like a mini box, weights only 0.9 kilograms, and can be powered over Ethernet.

ZTE said its new ZXG10 S8001 base station supports 1 TRX. It can be regarded as an indoor wireless gateway also and satisfies indoor mobile coverage and higher speed data communication requirements. It supports all functions of GERAN BTS, including the EGPRS function from MCS1 to MCS9, and WiFi access also.

Siemens Previews New HiPath System for Trading Floors

Siemens Enterprise Communications introduced its HiPath Trading System V4.0, a pure IP-based communications solution designed for fast-paced trading floors.

The new release offers an open Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) interface and application interface to allow the seamless integration of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, voice recording, instant messaging, presence and a host of other productivity-enhancing capabilities.

For user terminals, the HiPath Trading solution offers both an all-new, VoIP-based hard client turret, High End Communications Terminal Open Range (Hector), with a touchscreen and extended feature set as well as Windows XP-based soft-clients. Each model provides for the integration of extensive multimedia capabilities, including voice, email, video conferencing and instant messaging. The system can also support legacy TDM (Time-Division Multiplexing) terminals and provides an open migration path from a TDM architecture.