Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Korea's Hanaro Deploys 100Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 with Cisco

Hanaro Telecom, a leading broadband provider in Korea, is deploying Cisco's channel-bonding technology to deliver 100 Mbps residential services over its hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks. Cisco's platform is designed based on the downstream channel-bonding specifications defined in CableLabs' Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) 3.0 specification. The network capacity is used to deliver HanaTV, Hanaro's video-on-demand IPTV service.

Hanaro Telecom began the deployment in April 2007, and 200,000 homes have subscribed to Hanaro's broadband services over the five months since the service was launched.

Cisco said its uBR10012 cable modem termination system (CMTS) provides a smooth upgrade path to modular CMTS and DOCSIS 3.0, both key industry standards for next-generation cable modem services.

Nokia Siemens Networks Appoints CFO

Nokia Siemens Networks has appointed Eric Simonsen as its permanent Chief Financial Officer. Since June, Simonsen has been on assignment as interim CFO from AlixPartners, a firm focused on helping businesses manage integration and financial restructuring.

Moscow City Telephone Selects Nokia Siemens Networks for 400K ADSL2 Ports

Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply DSLAM equipment supporting 400,000 ports. The DSLAM equipment provides access for subscribers to MGTS' packet transmission network. Nokia Siemens Networks is supplying its IP DSLAM SURPASS hiX 5635 equipped with ADSL2+ modules. The equipment is being delivered this month. Work on the network is expected to be completed by the end of 2007. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Siemens to Pay EUR 450 Million Fine, Ending Com Investigation

The Munich District Court has imposed a fine of €201 million on Siemens AG, marking the end of the investigation of Siemens' former Communications (Com) group in its bribery scandal. In addition, a final settlement has been reached with the German tax authorities. Total payments of approximately €450 million at the former Com Group have been determined to be non-deductible, resulting in a tax charge of €179 million. Of this amount, €168 million has already been recorded in the company's consolidated financial statements for fiscal 2006 for questionable payments of approximately €420 million.

Siemens said it accepts the fine imposed by the court, and takes responsibility for past misconduct at the Com Group. The company has waived its right to appeal.

Accenture to Acquire Corliant for IP Consulting

Accenture agreed to acquire Corliant, a privately held technology consulting firm that specializes in helping enterprises and communications service providers deploy and support IP services, for an undisclosed sum.

Corliant, a certified channel partner with Cisco Systems, has a large number of Cisco-certified employees with expertise in Cisco-based network technologies and solutions. Accenture said Corliant's skills, methods, tools, design guides and training will complement its existing network technology services and enhance Accenture's capabilities and market presence in the network technology space.

Broadcom to Demo Impulse Noise Protection Technology

Broadcom is ready to demonstrate its recently announced "PhyR" (pronounced "Fire") firmware, which targets a ten-fold improvement in noise resilience over ADSL and VDSL networks. From a user perspective, the improvement in performance provides better service coverage, fewer errors and a better viewing experience when watching IPTV systems equipped with PhyR.

Video services, provisioned over traditional copper loops, are susceptible to noise sources in the ambient environment that limit the coverage area over which services can be made available, or may even reduce video quality by inducing "macroblocking," or corrupted images. Today's IPTV deployments require carriers to provide a certain acceptable level of impulse noise protection and margin settings, which in turn, determine an achievable data rate and the loop length over which voice, video and data or IPTV services will be delivered. Increasing noise protection in current IPTV deployments has an improved effect on residual errors, but generally has an adverse effect on the serviceable reach and data rate, thereby limiting the service coverage area.

Broadcom PhyR technology is included in the company's ADSL2+/VDSL2 firmware and provides a significant improvement in resistance against impulse noise as well as a reduction in the residual bit error rate (BER). This results in fewer dropped lines and an improved user experience for IPTV and other triple play services. Broadcom said that its PhyR technology significantly improves noise protection without creating limitations on reach, data rate, margin or latency.

Broadcom noted that its PhyR impulse noise protection and retransmission technology is currently sampling to early access customers.

Verizon Business Delivers Financial Data over Ethernet Private Lines

Verizon Business announced an agreement with Fixnetix, a European provider of ultra-low latency market data, to provide financial institutions with market- and time-sensitive data using Verizon Ethernet Private Lines. The companies are promising low latency, enabling customers to make quick decisions on financial market transactions based on the latest available information.

Fixnetix has high-speed, direct connections to all the major exchanges in Europe including Eurex, Euronext, IDEM, Liffe, the London Stock Exchange, Madrid, MEFF, Milan, SWX, Virt-X and Xetra, and provides at-source co-location hosting to minimize delivery times even further.

Brasil Telecom Selects Alcatel-Lucent for WiMAX

Brasil Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy the first commercial WiMAX networks -- using 802.16e-2005 -- in the cities of Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.

Alcatel-Lucent will supply its end-to-end WiMAX solution, including base stations, wireless access controllers, backbone links, Ethernet MXC 9500 links, IP aggregation equipment, software and application platforms. It also will provide design and planning for end-to-end integration of the network as well as provisioning services for Brasil Telecom's network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

World of Warcraft Reports 800,000 Concurrent Players

Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft, a subscription-based Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, announced a record peak concurrency of 800,000 users, highest concurrency since the game's commercial launch in June 200. The new record was achieved following the launch of a new expansion pack, "The Burning Crusade", in mainland China last month.

Ikanos Develops Rapid Rate Adaptation to Ensure IPTV Connectivity over Noisy Lines

Ikanos Communications introduced a Rapid Rate Adaptation (RRA) technology designed to minimize noise-induced service interruptions over DSL connections. Noise over a broadband line due to sudden power surges or other sources can potentially cause dropped connections and interruptions of service.

For IPTV viewers, even a momentary drop in the connection leads to retraining of the broadband line and a subsequent re-establishment of the IP connection -- a process than can take half of a minute. In the mean time, the TV program that is being watched and any VoIP sessions underway, are suddenly dropped.

RRA minimizes such link drops by rapidly and dynamically adapting data rates to accommodate the additional noise without dropping the connection, thus improving service availability and the user experience.

Ikanos said its RRA technology allows service providers to maintain link connectivity, even when signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) margin drops below normal operating levels. The technology enables transceivers to monitor line conditions and dynamically adapt the data rate without interrupting service for retraining, as long as there is adequate bandwidth to absorb the impact of the noise. Ikanos' solution also uses on-chip QoS capabilities to enhance RRA by prioritizing traffic and quickly communicating the status of the link to other layers in the network. The company is currently demonstrating the technology and commercial release is expected shortly.

"Ikanos' RRA technology provides us with a significant competitive differentiator," said Hiromitsu Awai, general manager of technical marketing at Sumitomo Electric Networks, Inc. "When sudden, large noise profiles appear on the DSL line, most DSL links are broken, thus interrupting service. RRA ensures that premium services such as triple play and interactive broadband over VDSL2 are not interrupted in such noisy conditions, which results in a significantly improved user experience. RRA is therefore enormously beneficial for carriers that are planning to offer triple play services and compete with cable providers."

EMC Acquires Berkeley Data Systems

EMC has acquired Utah-based Berkeley Data Systems, a privately-held provider of online information backup and recovery services, for an undisclosed sum. Berkeley Data Systems provides Mozy - an online subscription service for the protection of data that resides on desktops, laptops and remote office servers.

Verizon Supplies Ethernet Private Line to London Stock Exchange

Verizon Business has announced a three-year extension to its existing contract to provide the London Stock Exchange. Specifically, Verizon Business is enhancing the exchange's global wide area network (WAN) with an Ethernet Private Line with a speed of 10 Mbps, upgradeable to 100 Mbps. Verizon Business' fully managed Ethernet services also underpin the delivery of various new London Stock Exchange service offerings, including TradElect.

BT Joins FON -- Global Network of Shared Wi-Fi Hotspots

BT announced an agreement with FON, a Madrid-based start-up building a global community of Wi-Fi access point owners (or "foneros") willing to share their broadband connections.

BT's more than 3 million consumer Total Broadband customers will be invited to join the global community of people sharing their broadband.

At launch, new members will be part of an existing community of 500,000 members and will have access to more than 190,000 FON hotspots worldwide. Anyone joining in will be able to use those FON hotspots across the world and all the new BT FON hotspots free of charge.

Every person who agrees to share a small portion of their home broadband connection, by opening up a separate, secure channel on their wireless router, will be able to share the connection of any other member. BT Total Broadband customers will also be able to use BT's premium existing hotspot network BT Openzone, including 12 Wireless Cities.

BT said the FON deal will accelerate and complement BT Openzone in order to provide the largest possible Wi-Fi coverage across the UK and the rest of the world.
  • BT has invested in FON as part of the tie-in, joining the company's other investors, which include Google.

  • In May 2007, Boingo Wireless signed a roaming agreement with FON providing Boingo users with access to an additional 130,000 hot spot locations – more than doubling the company's network size.

  • In April 2007, Time Warner Cable agreed to allow and encourage its broadband subscribers to share their home connections as open Wi-Fi hotspots in the FON community. Through a partnership with FON, Time Warner Cable subscribers will be able to create FON access points via their home or business broadband connection.

  • La Fonera router is secure out-of-the-box and offers two distinct WiFi channels. One channel is for the exclusive use of its owner; the second channel is shared with other foneros. The La Fonera increases security through an encrypted private network and Foneros decide how much bandwidth to share. Public users cannot access the private network and there is no anonymous usage.

Tellabs Trims Guidance Citing N.A. Wireless Sales

Tellabs trimmed its financial guidance, saying its Q3 revenue is now expected to range from $452 million to $460 million, primarily due to lower-than-expected revenue from wireless service providers in North America.

Non-GAAP gross profit margins are expected to range from 31% to 32%, reflecting fewer Tellabs 5500 digital cross-connects sold. As a result, third-quarter GAAP earnings per share, assuming dilution, are expected to range from breakeven to one cent per share. Non-GAAP earnings per share, assuming dilution, are expected to range from 2 cents to 3 cents per share. Non-GAAP earnings per share exclude equity-based compensation, amortization of intangibles and previously announced restructuring charges of $6 million.

"Third-quarter revenue reflected lower sales to North American wireless carriers, yet we saw sequential growth in access and data," said Krish A. Prabhu, Tellabs president and chief executive officer. "We remain focused on improving profit margins as Tellabs' new products take root in our customers' networks."

Huawei to Deploy GSM Base Station on Mt. Everest -- 6,500m

Huawei Technologies has been selected by China Mobile to install a new generation GSM Base Station on Mount Everest at an elevation of 6,500m (21,325ft). The base station will provide mobile network coverage for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay Team that plans to reach the summit in time for the Olympic Games. The network will cover the base
camp on Everest and the main route to the mountain's summit.