Sunday, July 15, 2007

One Minute Video: What is CWDM?

One Minute Video: What is CWDM?

Presented by Rich Moran


One Minute Video: What is HD Voice?

One Minute Video: What is HD Voice?

Presented by Tom Flanagan

Texas Instruments

One Minute Video: Enabling Legacy Applications in IMS

One Minute Video: Enabling Legacy Applications in IMS

Presented by Patrick Fitzgerald


Qwest Upgrades National Backbone with Ultra-long-haul (ULH) Tech

Qwest Communications has upgraded its nationwide fiber optic network with software-configurable, ultra-long-haul (ULH) technology, enabling end-to-end speeds scalable from 1 to 40 Gigabits per second.

Qwest said its upgraded national network is capable of providing:

  • A dedicated broadband transport network without the capital investment and expense of owning and operating network infrastructure.

  • Full availability of ultra-high-speed services with access points in all major U.S. business centers and extensive global connectivity.

  • Faster service provisioning and increased agility with the ability to deploy, activate, reconfigure and manage traffic remotely.

  • The ability to aggregate and transport traffic over standard communications interfaces including Ethernet and SONET.

Customers for Qwest "QWave" services provided via the high-capacity ULH network include U.S. Bancorp and Telefonica.

The ULH upgrade also supports continued scalability of Qwest IP services nationwide, and further augments ultra-high-bandwidth connectivity for customers to Qwest hosting centers.

India's Reliance Acquire Yipes

India's Reliance Communications will acquire Yipes Holdings, a leading provider of managed Ethernet services in the U.S., in an all-cash transaction valued at US$300 million. This constitutes Reliance Communications largest acquisition to date. Yipes will operate as a strategic business unit integrated within FLAG Telecom, the global undersea fiber network owned by Reliance.

Yipes, which is based in San Francisco, has a strategic network presence in the top 14 U.S. metros. The company claims nearly 1,000 enterprise customers.

Reliance describes the acquisition of Yipes as a key step in its plan to move up the value chain and closer to its customers in the Global Data business. It significantly increases Reliance's revenues from the enterprise segment internationally.

"The acquisition of Yipes will place Reliance Communications among the top three Global Ethernet service providers in the world. Reliance Communications with FLAG has a strong foothold in India, the Middle East and Asia, including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We plan to leverage the significant headstart of Yipes in Ethernet services, double the coverage in the US domestic market, and rollout Yipes services over the FLAG Global Network. We are fully committed to bringing Ethernet services to nearly 40 new countries," commented Punit Garg, President, Global Business, Reliance Communications.

Video Interview: Yipes -- Keao Caindec on Why Managed Ethernet Services are Hot

Key Questions Covered:

Why is Metro Ethernet hot?

What is the primary driver for Metro Ethernet?

The Menu of Ethernet Services

What types of Ethernet services are currently available?

The Yipes Network

The physical topology and key elements of the Yipes Network

Dark Fiber Trends

Is the availability of dark fiber a key factor for the business?

Key Technology Suppliers

Who are your key technology suppliers and what technical advantage do they provide?


How do you compete against ILECs?

Multicast Applications

How is multicasting used in an Ethernet service deployment?

MPLS vs. Ethernet

Why choose an Ethernet service over an MPLS-based VPN?

Network Architecture Issues

Is Yipes considering the use of PBT or T-MPLS as a network architecture?

A Need for 100G?

Does Yipes see a need to upgrade to 100 Gig Ethernet?

Coming Service Innovations

How will Ethernet continue to evolve at Yipes?

Yipes' Growth and Strategic Vision

How big is Yipes? Is an IPO coming soon? What is the company's long term vision?

Nokia Launches Mobile Application Development Contest for S60

Nokia announced the first 'Open C Challenge', a global contest for mobile application development for S60 on Symbian OS smartphones. It is aimed at encouraging open source and freeware developers to use Nokia's Open C environment, to create innovative mobile applications for the S60.

Global Crossing Integrates Siemens for Unified Communication Solutions

Global Crossing is launching a Unified Communications service for UK government departments that is based on the HiPath 8000 softswitch from Siemens Enterprise Communications.

Global Crossing Unified Communications provides customers with fully managed hosted IP Telephony, collaboration, and messaging solutions over a single, converged IP network. The service is available via a secure Government Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN).

This service is one of the first deliverables of an agreement between the two companies that ultimately will create a range of hosted services based on Siemens' award-winning HiPath 8000 softswitch platform. The debut of the new service also complements Global Crossing's recent confirmation of the Managed Telephony Service (Mts) four-year contract extension delivered through

D-Link Passes 500,000 Shipments for Draft 802.11n Products

D-Link has passed the 500,000 milestone for shipments of its Draft 802.11n products.

D-Link also reported the strongest quarter over quarter growth for Draft 802.11n product shipments among leading vendors, according to research firm In-Stat. D-Link Draft 802.11n product sales increased over 61% from Q4/06 to Q1/07.

Avaya Offers FMC Solution for Nokia Eseries Devices

Avaya announced a new FMC solution that provides users of Nokia Eseries business devices with one number access and advanced enterprise telephony capabilities as they travel across private Wi-Fi and public cellular networks.

The solution -- Avaya one-X Mobile Dual Mode -- combines Avaya's IP-based applications with Nokia Eseries business devices (Nokia E60, Nokia E61 and Nokia E70 models). Security benefits include the ability to authenticate the Nokia Eseries device to a PBX, giving businesses greater control over wireless communications by allowing only authorized users to access company systems.

Verizon Business Offers Dedicated Optical Network for Large Enterprises and Govt Agencies

Verizon Business introduced a new service for large enterprises and government agencies that provides a dedicated optical network integrating optical technologies such as DWDM and synchronous optical network (SONET), in addition to Ethernet, onto a single "ring" platform.

The Verizon Integrated Optical Service, which is the first such commercial offering from a U.S.-based Tier One provider, employs reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs).

The new service is immediately available to customers nationwide within Verizon territories, including major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, Tampa, Dallas-Ft.Worth, Newark, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham, Portland and Seattle.

Verizon said its new service is suitable for a wide array of customers, such as those in the financial, health care, government and education sectors; have large bandwidth requirements within a metro area (total overall bandwidth capability of 440 Gbps); manage various applications; and need a versatile and cost-effective solution for addressing connectivity requirements between locations.

Verizon Integrated Optical Service is backed by service level agreements (SLAs), including competitive availability and mean-time-to-repair commitments customers expect from a carrier-class wide area network (WAN) service.

In addition, the new service can connect to Verizon Business' ultra long haul network for high-bandwidth transport between regional and remote backup data centers for asynchronous data replication. Finally, the service also allows for access to many other Verizon services and solutions, such as Private IP (Verizon's MPLS network) and the public Internet.

Verizon Names Dick Lynch to Oversee Network Architecture

Verizon Communications appointed Dick Lynch to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief technology officer, where he will be responsible for establishing and managing the overall direction, technology and planning of all of Verizon's networks -- Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business. He will report to Verizon President and Chief Operating Officer Denny Strigl.

Lynch was formerly executive vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless since that company's founding in 2000. In his prior assignment, Lynch was executive vice president and chief technical officer for Bell Atlantic Mobile. He led the industry to advance code division multiple access (CDMA) into a commercial wireless offering, launching the nation's first commercial CDMA service.

Pulvermedia Schedules FMC Conference for Sept 5-7 in Chicago

Pulvermedia is organizing a Fixed Mobile Convergence Conference on September 5-7, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 30 presenters are participating, including IBM's Brice Anthony, Avaya's Geoff Baird, Qualcomm's John Hannan, and others.

Sun Rocket Apparently Shutting Down

SunRocket, a U.S.-based provider of consumer VoIP services, laid off all of its customer service representatives amid a shut-down of commercial operations, according to media sources and blog postings. Calls to the company are not being returned, although the service is still running as of Monday, 16-July-2007.

SunRocket serves an estimated 200,000 residential VoIP subscribers and is known for its pre-paid annual plan -- unlimited VoIP calling to U.S. and Canadian numbers for $199.
  • In August 2006, SunRocket secured $33 million for its Series C round of institutional financing, bringing the firm's total venture capital raised to approximately $80 million. The Series C includes participation from all of SunRocket's existing investors: BlueRun Ventures, Mayfield Fund, DCM and Anthem Capital Management.

  • Nokia Venture Partners was among the early investors in SunRocket.