Monday, September 24, 2007

DragonWave's AirPair Unite Converges Ethernet TDM

DragonWave introduced its AirPair Unite platform for converging Ethernet and Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) traffic across a single wireless, IP stream.

AirPair Unite is a single indoor unit deployed at the network edge. It aggregates low-order interfaces such as T1 to higher rates such as DS3 and OC3 in the core.

DragonWave's AirPair Unite operates within both licensed and unlicensed radio frequencies in the 11-to-38-GHz range, ensuring interference-free performance for customers' traffic. The DragonWave solution provides scalable, ultra-low-latency, wire-speed native Ethernet connectivity up to 800 Mbps full duplex and is a highly reliable platform enabling 99.999% service availability.

DragonWave said a wireless service provider or an enterprise could deploy the AirPair Unite pseudowire solution as a converged wireless backhaul solution. The solution could also be used in the backhaul of 3G and WiMAX network deployments.

Juniper Enhances Carrier Ethernet Portfolio

Juniper Networks has expanded its Carrier Ethernet portfolio with two Ethernet Services Routers and various software enhancements.

The new MX240 and MX480 leverage the JUNOS software as its operating system, enabling scalable Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) and new Layer 2 operations, administration and management (OAM) capabilities and features, in addition to full Layer 2 switching. With the latest update, JUNOS software now includes standards-based features such as IEEE 802.1ag to simplify fault management, as well as VPLS features, including support for both BGP- and LDP-based VPLS; egress multicasting capabilities for maximum bandwidth efficiency; and advanced multi-homing for high reliability and resiliency all the way to the Ethernet edge.

The new MX240 delivers 240 Gbps of switching or routing capacity in a compact 5 rack unit (RU) form factor; the MX480 features 480 Gbps of capacity in an 8 RU size. The platforms can simultaneously support up to 120 and 240 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, respectively, which is more than twice the capacity of similarly-sized Carrier Ethernet platforms. Both platforms scale to support over 1 million MAC addresses --- 15 times more than the closest currently available competitive offering, according to the company.

Juniper noted that because the MX-series can support more than twice as many interfaces per chassis, customers can increase the energy efficiency of their networks, reducing power, space and cooling costs by as much as 60 percent.

Juniper also announced a suite of new Dense Port Concentrator (DPC) cards to maximize MX-series system flexibility, enabling providers to drive new sources of revenue while reducing cost and complexity.
The new and enhanced DPC Cards include:

  • Switching and Routing (DPCE-R): Mid-range solution that can operate as either a complete Layer 3 router or purely Layer 2 switch. Provides maximum flexibility and reduces sparing costs.

  • Layer 2 Switching: (DPCE-X): Cost-optimized solution designed for metro Ethernet Transport; operates at Layer 2 or 2.5.

  • Enhanced Queuing (DPCE-Q): Premium card that supports per-VLAN queuing (up to 64,000 queues per card), enabling providers to deploy business Ethernet services with committed bandwidths and QoS characteristics. Increases service revenue opportunities; ideal for migrating Frame Relay and ATM VPNs.

All of the above DPCs are available with 4x10 Gigabit Ethernet and 40x Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and are interchangeable across the MX-series line.

In addition the suite of MX-series chassis, line cards and JUNOS Carrier Ethernet features, Juniper is also delivering three new processor cards for its flagship M-series chassis, the M320. These new FPC-E3s take advantage of Juniper's new I-chip ASIC development that increases system performance, scalability and provides additional QoS capabilities.

EchoStar to Acquire Sling Media for $370 Million

EchoStar Communications agreed to acquire Sling Media for approximately $380 million in cash and options.

Established in 2004, Sling Media is known for its place-shifting Slingbox and SlingPlayer software. Sling Media's product line is distributed in over 5,000 retail stores in 11 countries.

In 2006, Sling Media created the Sling Entertainment Group with the mission of developing entertainment experiences and business models that reach beyond the Slingbox.

Separately, EchoStar Communications said it is contemplating the separation of its consumer pay-TV business from its set-top box and infrastructure operations.

Deutsche Telekom awards IP maintenance to Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks was awarded a long-term contract to deliver maintenance services for Juniper Networks E-, M- and T-series routers in the IP backbone and broadband access network of Deutsche Telekom in Germany. The network is monitored around the clock by dedicated service specialists at the Nokia Siemens Network Care Center. Among the services included are ticket handling, incident processing and troubleshooting, software maintenance and service and the exchange and repair of defective network components. Maintenance of Deutsche Telekom's test-lab equipment is also included in the service contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telecom New Zealand Selects Alcatel-Lucent for IP/MPLS

Telecom New Zealand has selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply IP/MPLS switching and routing products to support its next-gen residential services. The deployment includes the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR). Telecom New Zealand has also deployed the 7450 Ethernet Service Switch over the last 18 months.

PacketFront Selected for Open Access FTTH in Vienna

Wien Energie Wienstrom, an Austrian utility company owned by the city of Vienna, selected PacketFront's open-access FTTH. Wien Energie plans to connect 50,000 households in Vienna over the next two years to the open access network.

Kingston Debuts 4GB microSDHC Cards

Kingston Technology released a new 4GB microSD High-Capacity Flash memory card with a Class 4 speed rating. MSRP is $91.

Ixia Launches Real-World Bulk VoIP Testing

Ixia introduced its IxLoad SIP solution for bulk VoIP testing on a wide range of SIP- and RTP (real-time transmission protocol)-based devices, including SBCs (session border controllers), security appliances and IP-based PBXs.

Ixia said its VoIP test solution provides an environment of real-world triple-play traffic that accurately models live network environments. Using Ixia's test platform and the IxLoad SIP 3.40 solution, a single test chassis emulates millions of realistic call scenarios -- surpassing the scale of most network appliances.

IxLoad SIP emulates user agents that use SIP and RTP. Default configurations and state machines can be constructed for any session lifetime scenario. Message contents may also be customized to test SBCs that perform the deep packet inspections required to enforce QoS policies, thus ensuring that subscribers receive flawless video, high-quality voice calls and high-throughput Internet service.

T-Mobile USA Supports BlackBerry Wi-Fi Calling

T-Mobile USA is supporting Research In Motion's (RIM's) Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry Curve 8320, which supports T-Mobile HotSpot @Home FMC service. The T-Mobile HotSpot @Home enables strong coverage at home. An additional HotSpot @Home Add-On Plan provides unlimited calling over a Wi-Fi network as well as unlimited Wi-Fi calling at nearly 8,500 T-Mobile HotSpot locations across the U.S.

T-Mobile introduced its HotSpot @Home service in June.

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 also features a two-megapixel camera, a music and video player, a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and a microSD card slot for expandable memory storage. Access to personal and corporate e-mail accounts and Web browsing are supported over Wi-Fi connections and T-Mobile's nationwide EDGE network.

EchoStar Considering Spin-off of Technology and Infrastructure Assets

EchoStar Communications is considering a possible separation of its
businesses into two distinct publicly traded companies -- one focused on
the U.S. consumer pay-TV business and the other on satellite network

The first business would consist of the DISH Network and its over 13.585
million U.S. DBS customers. Installation, customer service, billing and
other consumer services would continue to be operated by DISH Network,
together with most satellites and spectrum used to support that
subscriber base. Mr. Ergen would continue to serve as Chairman and CEO
of DISH Network, and would fill the same roles with the spun-off company.

The spin-off assets would include, among other things, EchoStar's set
top box design and manufacturing business, its international operations,
and assets used to provide fixed satellite services to third parties,
together with satellites, uplink centers and spectrum licenses not
considered core to DISH Network's subscriber business. the set-top box
business shipped over nine million units in 2006 to DISH Network and
international customers. The recently announced acquisition of Sling
Media adds to this.

EchoStar recently submitted a request to the Internal Revenue Service
for a ruling as to the tax-free nature of the transaction.

Limelight to Stream Programming

ITV has selected Limelight Networks to stream live broadcasting and new on-demand television programming for the broadcaster's online portal. In addition to offering a continual stream of ITV's four broadcast channels, now offers "catch-up" programming on-demand, for viewers across the UK. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Woven Systems Raises $20 Million for 10 GigE Fabric Silicon

Woven Systems, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $20 million in venture funding for its 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GE) fabric solutions.

Woven's EFX 1000 Ethernet Fabric Switch recently completed customer trials and is now in production. The 10 GE switch supports 144 non-blocking ports in an efficient 10 rack unit chassis. The company said its design delivers resilient, multi-path fabrics scaling to over 4000 10 GE edge ports.

The funding was led by MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures and included existing investors, Goldman Sachs and Palomar Ventures. The latest round of funding raises the total investment in the company to $35 million.

Ikanos Supplies VDSL2 Silicon for Gemtek's Residential Gateway

Ikanos Communications is supplying its VDSL2 CPE and Fusiv processor silicon and residential gateway software suite to Gemtek Technology Co. Ltd., an original design manufacturer (ODM) based in Taiwan. Gemtek is now shipping a full featured triple play residential gateway to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide. The product has been qualified by a major North American carrier.

The Fusiv Vx gateway processors use Ikanos' distributed architecture to offload switching, routing and firewall functions to on-chip Accelerator Processors. The architecture enables wire speed performance across all local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) interfaces.

Centillium Lands EPON Order in Japan

Centillium Communications announced a multi-million dollar order to supply one of its Mustang system-on-chip (SoC) processors to manufacturer of broadband networking equipment in Japan for expected delivery within the next six months.

Centillium's Mustang chipset will be utilized as the core processor for optical networking unit (ONU) devices at the customer premises for one of Japan's foremost telecommunications service providers. When fully deployed, the Mustang processor solution will power the high-bandwidth broadband access and next-generation network services in FTTP networks for hundreds of thousands of subscriber lines.
  • Centillium Communications expanded its end-to-end FTTH semiconductor portfolio with the commercial release of its next-generation Mustang 300 system-on-chip (SoC). The chipset is designed for Ethernet passive optical networks (EPON) customer premise equipment (CPE).

  • Centillium's Mustang chipset supports traffic management, classification and filtering for up to 256 multicast groups, and up to eight different service types. The design integrates all packet buffer and program memories in a compact package, reducing the ONU bill of materials (BOM) to just five components: optical transceiver, Gigabit PHY, FLASH, power supply and Mustang 300.

Sipera Enhances VoIP Security for Cisco Unified Communications

Sipera Systems released a software upgrade for its line of Sipera IPCS VoIP/UC security appliances that enables enterprises to better protect VoIP networks and remote users when deploying Cisco-based unified communications. Among other new IPCS features, Sipera added further protection capabilities for the Cisco Skinny Call Control Protocol (SCCP) along with encryption (TLS and SRTP) and 2-factor authentication (RSA SecurID) support for Cisco 7941 and 7961 phones.

Key features of the Sipera IPCS upgrade include:

  • High availability with sub-second failover, even for encrypted media (SRTP), to ensure the service is always on and protected,

  • Proxy support for remote user phone configuration (TFTP) and phone
    services (HTTP), such as corporate directory and help information, to allow off-site configuration and authorization for remote users, and

  • VoIP VPN support, including encrypted signaling (TLS) and media (SRTP), on the IPCS 310 platform, allowing smaller enterprises to cost
    effectively adopt this security functionality, which was previously
    only available on the larger-scale IPCS 410 and 510 appliances.

The Sipera IPCS products offer unified communications (UC) threat prevention using a variety of sophisticated VoIP-specific security techniques including anomaly detection, protocol scrubbing, behavior learning and fingerprint verification.

Sipera said its appliances also incorporate UC policy compliance functionality, which enforces granular security polices to all UC traffic, based on user, device, network and time of day, and ensures secure UC access, to guarantee the privacy and authentication of all UC traffic to the enterprise and handle session border control issues, such as firewall/NAT traversal, in a single security device.

Portugal's TV Cabo Selects Amdocs

V Cabo, the largest cable provider in Portugal, has deployed Amdocs Service Mediation Manager as a convergent platform, replacing its disparate mediation systems. The Amdocs platform supports TV Cabo's existing cable TV and broadband Internet offerings, and will allow the provider to introduce multi-play bundles, including new IP-based voice services. TV Cabo had also selected Amdocs as the prime systems integrator for the project, which was carried out with Portugal Telecom Sistemas de Informacao ("PTSI"), the internal IT division of Portugal Telecom. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera Enter Mobile WiMAX Pact

Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera Wireless announced a joint development agreement under which they will collaborate on the development of end-to-end wireless broadband solutions based on Universal WiMAX technology.

The partnership combines Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX network infrastructure -- based on the latest IEEE 802.16e-2005 standards (also called Rev-e) -- and a variety of wireless end-user devices from Kyocera, including multimode mobile phones, non-traditional wireless devices, wireless PC cards and USB devices for PCs.

Under the agreement, the two companies will cooperate to ensure the rapid development of WiMAX devices with enhanced mobility features, as well as multi-mode terminals that can enable seamless interoperability between WiMAX networks and cellular or Wi-Fi networks. The joint program will cover the establishment of specifications, the development and integration of WiMAX solutions, and the creation of an interoperability testing (IOT) program to ensure that the new Kyocera WiMAX devices can operate smoothly on Alcatel-Lucent's infrastructure. Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera anticipate the commercial availability of fully integrated solutions of WiMAX base stations and terminals from the two companies in the first half of 2008.

The agreement expands on and formalizes an ongoing collaboration between Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera on WiMAX solutions. Earlier this year, the two companies conducted WiMAX demonstrations - featuring multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) Spatial Multiplexing technology.

Catcher to Acquire Vivato for Extended Range WiFi Base Station

Catcher Holdings, which supplies ruggedized, portable handheld computing platforms for security applications and first responders, agreed to Vivato Networks, a provider of extended-range wireless network infrastructure equipment and services.

The acquisition combines Catcher's patented real-time computing and communication platforms with Vivato Networks' extended reach WiFi base-station technology, using Vivato's patented packet steering, phased array technology. The new company will deliver aggregated, standards-based solutions addressing technology requirements where ruggedized, mobile computing devices and high-speed network connectivity are needed.

"We are excited about the powerful combination of Catcher's advanced biometric-driven platform with Vivato's wireless connectivity solutions in addressing global security applications," says Hal Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Catcher Holdings Inc.

MobiTV Runs Over WiMAX Network

MobiTV is demonstrating its TV and video services over mobile, PC and set-top-box devices via a WiMAX network. WiMAX is the latest extension to MobiTV's portfolio of supported network technologies, with features designed to embrace all of the key components that make mobile television viable to consumers and carriers alike.

Broadcom Offers Single-Chip GPS for Mobiles

Broadcom introduced its first single-chip global positioning system (GPS) solution, highlighting the integration of its Global Locate acquisition and its GPS technology. The new chip is produced in a low cost 90 nanometer CMOS process. Broadcom said its receiver can measure the faintest GPS signals deep indoors and in "urban canyon" environments at signal levels as low as -162 dBm. It also consumes less than 15 mW while navigating with one second map updates, less than half the power of competitive solutions according to published datasheets.

Qualcomm Increases Q4 Financial Guidance

Citing worldwide demand for its 3G devices, Qualcomm raised its Q4 financial guidance, saying it now anticipates pro forma revenues to be at or slightly above the high end of the prior guidance of approximately $2.15 to $2.25 billion. The company now expect Q4 pro forma diluted earnings per share to be approximately $0.52 to $0.53, compared to $0.42 in the year ago quarter. This estimate is based on the shipment of approximately 67 to 68 million Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chips during the quarter as compared to the prior estimate of 65 to 68 million units.

Motorola Unveils WiMAX Chipset for Handheld Devices

Motorola unveiled a new WiMAX chipset modem designed for handheld mobile devices. The chipset is part of Motorola's new "controlled application centric architecture" that will efficiently support 3G and 4G mobile devices.

Motorola said its new WiMAX chipset is optimized for both size and low power consumption. It will support "DSL-like" speeds. The chipset features fully integrated memory, enabling a small footprint suitable for development of revolutionary form factors. The chipset consists of a baseband modem and radio reference solution. The modem is designed for WiMAX 802.16e Wave 1.0 and 2.0 compliance, supporting advanced MIMO matrix A and B antenna configurations.

The new WiMAX chipset modem solution is scheduled to debut in Motorola's line-up of WiMAX mobile devices beginning in 2008 for various carriers around the world, including Sprint's Xohm business unit.

Vonage Loses Patent Suit to Sprint

A U.S. District Court jury ruled in favor of Sprint in a patent infringement lawsuit brought against Vonage. The jury awarded $69.5 million in damages to Sprint and five percent of on-going revenues while the infringed patents remain in effect.

Vonage said it plans to appeal the verdict and that it is developing technological workarounds to avoid use of the infringing patents.