Monday, October 8, 2007

Internet Registry for the Asia Pacific Deploys Nominum Authoritative Name Server

c, the Regional Internet Registry for the Asia Pacific, has selected Nominum's Foundation Authoritative Name Server (ANS) to scale its network.

APNIC is responsible for allocating and assigning Internet Protocol (IP) address space (both IPv4 and IPv6) and Autonomous System (AS) numbers, and making "" domain delegations.

As part of the critical public Internet infrastructure, APNIC has stringent demands for authoritative name server performance, reliability and functionality. In evaluating solutions to handle the reverse IP-address to host-name mapping for the entire Asia Pacific region, APNIC sought a product that had high throughput and operational stability for both IPv6 and IPv4, and supported DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC). The ability to make zone alterations in real time and to reconfigure servers without lengthy server restart times was essential.

Because some of APNIC's servers are located in the busy Internet exchanges of Japan and Australia, it was also necessary to have exceptionally high throughput and very low response times in addition to high levels of availability.

Nominum said its Foundation Authoritative Name Server (ANS) was selected because it delivers very high performance in terms of query responses per second, and it can be configured and managed remotely without the need for downtime.

MetaSwitch Exceeds 100 CLEC Customers

MetaSwitch announced a significant milestone: more than 100 Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) have now deployed its softswitch and applications solutions. CLECs have selected the company's softswitch architecture and associated products to deploy advanced services and maintain a competitive edge in the market.

BitTorrent Unveils Delivery Network Accelerator (DNA) Service

BitTorrent unveiled its Delivery Network Accelerator (DNA) service, which is a peer-accelerated content delivery service for downloads or media streams. The new BitTorrent DNA content delivery service is targeted at the needs of commercial content publishers including media companies, software firms and video game publishers.

BitTorrent DNA provides fast downloads for large files like feature-length movies, games, and software programs. The system can leverage traditional content delivery networks (CDNs), origin servers or data center solutions, at the same time enabling content publishers to shift as much as 80 percent of content delivery to a secure, managed peer network.

BitTorrent said its peer network acceleration dramatically improves the speed and reliability of content delivery, while also greatly reducing bandwidth usage and costs. Specifically, BitTorrent DNA:

  • shifts the delivery of the content to a managed peer network, resulting in faster, more reliable content delivery, with disruptively lower content delivery costs;

  • seamlessly overlays any existing host and origin infrastructure, requiring no additional hardware or changes to content management systems;

  • scales organically with demand, providing a consistently high-quality user experience even when demand spikes unexpectedly;

  • provides reporting tools and client telemetry to give visibility across all deployed content delivery solutions, including third-party content delivery networks (CDNs);

  • is designed and managed as a secure, private delivery network for a publisher's content, providing superior control, performance and Quality of Service (QoS).

The company said pricing is flexible whereby customers only pay for gigabytes of data delivered by the managed peer network.

Brightcove Delivers Broadcast-quality Internet TV

Brightcove began offering a new service for streaming, instant-on broadcast-quality Internet TV using the Adobe Flash Player.

Brightcove Show takes advantage of new advances in the Adobe Flash Player technology, high-quality video encoding, and the new content delivery acceleration technology from BitTorrent, to enable full-screen video playback of broadcast- quality content streamed through the Internet.

Nationwide Internet2 Network Now Complete

The Internet2 initiative completed the rollout of its new nationwide network infrastructure, which boasts an initial capacity of 100 Gbps nationwide and bandwidth-on-demand capabilities. The new Internet2 infrastructure provides a uniquely scalable platform on which to build side-by-side research networks.

Beginning in January 2008, the DCN will enable researchers to provision up to 10 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth on demand. The new infrastructure also enables long-term dedicated point-to-point optical circuits up to 10 Gbps on separate wavelengths as part of the organization's WaveCo service.

"Today's milestone marks the completion of an ambitious effort to exponentially increase the capacity and flexibility of the networking resources available to serve the rapidly changing needs of the Internet2 community," said Doug Van Houweling, Internet2 president and CEO. "More importantly, we believe the Internet2 Network and its new capabilities will play an integral part in enabling our members to provide the robust cyberinfrastructure our community requires to support innovative research and education."
  • Level 3 is deploying Infinera's Digital Optical Networking equipment across the dedicated high capacity backbone to enable dynamic optical circuit provisioning for the Internet2 community. Internet2 has also partnered with Ciena Corporation to deploy their CoreDirector Multiservice Switch for switching and sub-wavelength grooming services which allows members to customize their connections from 10 Gbps down to 51 Mbps to meet their institutional networking needs. Internet2 will deploy its current Juniper T640 routers to provide advanced IP capabilities.

Quantum Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Riverbed

Quantum Corp. filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California against Riverbed Technology. According to the complaint, Riverbed has infringed, and continues to infringe, a Quantum patent by selling products that employ a method of data de-duplication covered by this patent.

Data de-duplication technology, which eliminates redundant data for storage on disk and transmission via networks, is fundamentally changing the storage and networking landscape. It dramatically increases effective disk capacity over that of conventional disk, thereby enabling users to retain data on fast recovery disk for months instead of days, and significantly reduces the bandwidth needed to transmit such data between sites.

Allot Trims Revenue Outlook for 2007

Allot Communications, which supplies IP service optimization solutions based on deep packet inspection (DPI) technology, trims its financial guidance. The company now expects to report revenues for 2007 in the range of $32 million to $35 million, which is lower than its previous guidance. Q3 revenues will be approximately $7.0 million.

Allot cited slow sales during Q3 coupled with delays in customer purchase decisions due to growing interest in its newly introduced 10GB Service Gateway product. In addition, during the quarter the company received a $2 million order from a major telecom operator in Latin America. The company expects that revenues from this order may be recognized over an extended period of time, most likely commencing during 2008.

Allot also cited longer than originally anticipated sales cycles for the its Service Gateway.

Freescale Targets LTE Base Station Equipment

Freescale Semiconductor introduces a development platform designed to speed and simplify creation of networking equipment for 3G Long Term Evolution (LTE). The platform leverages Freescale's portfolio of microprocessor and DSP technologies to deliver closely coupled Layer 1 and Layer 2 LTE radio processing. The solution combines programmable data plane software with Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMCs) featuring the MPC8548 PowerQUICC III processor and the quad-core MSC8144 StarCore DSP. C-based data plane software integrates the processors, enabling the advanced features and scheduling algorithms essential to delivering low latency, high throughput LTE systems.

Zhone Adds EFM and Ethernet over Copper Products, Signs Saudi Telecom

Zhone Technologies has added several new platforms to its EFM and Ethernet over Copper (EoC) product family. In addition, Saudi Telecom has selected Zhone as the premier platform provider for what is described as the largest EFM network build of its kind. Zhone said the Saudi Telecom project will grow its EFM/EoC installed base to over 150,000 lines worldwide.

Zhone is introducing three new EFM/EoC SHDSL.bis line cards for its flagship MALCTM multi-service access platform (MSAP). Zhone's MALC supports the full range of Ethernet over Copper aggregation technologies and leads the industry in port density. Advanced layer intelligence includes auto discovery and traffic prioritization enabling symmetrical provisioning of quality sensitive services like multi-conference video or municipal traffic and security monitoring.

In addition to new high-density EFM line cards, Zhone has also introduced its latest series of EtherXtend Ethernet Access Devices. Installed at the customer premise, Zhone's EtherXtend equipment comes in one, two and four port models for immediate provisioning of up to 22.4 Mbps symmetrical bandwidth.

Zhone's EADs include key software enhancements. Among the features supported are IP SLA, (service level agreement) which enables operators to provide guaranteed levels of service and performance. Features include Zhone's Multimedia Traffic Management (MTM), rate shaping in addition to tiered provisioning capabilities.

HomePlug Ratifies Command and Control 1.0 Specification

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has ratified the HomePlug Command and Control (C&C) 1.0 specification, which is aimed at home automation applications using powerline communications.

HomePlug Command and Control has four key areas of impact: remote monitoring and control that delivers convenience through remote accessibility; safety and security products that protect from fire, theft and natural hazards; power management solutions that save money and conserve energy; and healthcare monitoring solutions that save lives and bring peace of mind.

The Alliance said it is in the planning stages of a comprehensive compliance and interoperability (C&I) product certification program for Command and Control applications, which includes a product certification Plugfest, where products are tested for seamless compatibility with other HomePlug technologies and ultimately granted the HomePlug certification mark.

Qwest Offers 10GigE Wholesale Internet Service

Qwest Communications will offer wholesale customers Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) over Ethernet with speeds from 2 Gbps up to 10 Gbps within key U.S. metropolitan markets.

Qwest's wholesale customers requiring a large amount of bandwidth -- such as major international carriers, content providers, cable companies, resellers and wireless carriers -- can now order Qwest DIA over Ethernet in 1 Gbps increments.

"A few years ago, people didn't think companies would require this much bandwidth," said Roland Thornton, executive vice president, Wholesale markets. "But with video on-demand and voice over Internet Protocol, we're here now. The Gigabit Ethernet enhancement provides customers with the extraordinary bandwidth they need."

Ubiquiti Introduces 700MHz WiFi Radio

Ubiquiti Networks introduced a 700MHz WiFi radio designed for long-distance, outdoor broadband wireless and public safety applications. The XR7 is a compact radio module supporting 32-bit mini-PCI Type IIIA standard and features high output power (600mW), extended temperature operation, and a unique receiver design which provides excellent noise immunity and sensitivity performance.

Ubiquiti said its XR7 leverages a variety of advanced features including scalable channel bandwidths of 5/10/20/40 MHz, advanced QoS, and 256-bit AES security. The radio, which based on silicon and software solutions from Atheros Communications, has been tested to link beyond distances of 50 km. The company claims its solution can achieve TCP/IP data rates greater than 50Mbps.

UNH Interop Lab Builds 10 Gig Data Center Fabric

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) hosted a "10 Gigabit Ethernet Technology Summit" as part of its efforts to verify standards conformance and interoperability between 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, cables, 10GBASE-T data ports and iSCSI storage devices.

During the event, nearly 40 companies collaborated to build what is described as the largest multi-vendor 10 Gigabit Ethernet unified data and storage fabric ever deployed. Such a "unified fabric" using high-performance Ethernet for data and storage is seen as an alternative to the current practice of wiring such networks with a mix of Ethernet as well as closed and proprietary technologies.

The 10 Gig Tech Summit test plans encompassed a mix of typically deployed and emerging 10 Gigabit Ethernet technologies, including LRM, SFP+ and XFP optical interconnects, CX4 copper, backplane Ethernet ports, iSCSI targets and initiators, iWARP and RDMA services, 10 GBASE-T devices and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching.

UNH-IOL said the 10GBASE-T devices were shown to interoperate between four connectors at 100-meter lengths. The 10 Gigabit fabric successfully incorporated iSCSI targets and initiators running open source and commonly used commercial software and successfully passed emulated IP voice and video data between servers and switches.

ECI Telecom Enhances its Hi-FOCuS MSAN for IPTV

ECI Telecom has enhanced its Hi-FOCuS-5 Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN) with new MSAN's new traffic management capabilities for improving the delivery of IPTV and other video services. ECI's MSAN broadband access platforms currently support over one million IPTV subscribers.

ECI said these new capabilities allows carriers higher flexibility when deploying video networks, through higher and more differentiated QoS granularity, as bandwidth can be managed at different levels, depending on the service requested. The platform is also able to distinguish multicast traffic from unicast traffic within the same stream and prioritize them to avoid traffic congestion towards the network.

Additional new features increase the capacity of the platform, allowing up to 10G per service slot. ECI features an any-card, any-slot architecture, allowing the coexistence of all service types, such as video, voice and high-speed data alongside different access technologies and various protocols (such as Layer 2 and Layer 3).

In addition, ECI is also introducing improved service blades, including a higher density VDSL2 card supporting 48 subscribers; a new, four-port GPON blade supporting up to a 128 split; and support for non-blocking 64 concurrent voice lines. For voice applications, ECI offers interoperability with leading softswitch vendors.

Ericsson Shows Ethernet Metro Access Node

Ericsson unveils its new EMN120 Ethernet Metro Access Node, which is designed to serve as a Layer 2 and Layer 3 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation node with optional 10 GE uplinks. The EMN120 expands the Ericsson EDA broadband access portfolio to include Metro Ethernet products and strengthens Ericsson's Full Service Broadband offering.

Ericsson said the new EMN120 complements both the OMS Ethernet Transport portfolio, which tightly couples the packet aggregation capability with Optical/WDM integration for a reliable transmission over fiber, as well as the Redback SmartEdge portfolio, which provides IP Service Intelligence.

EMN120 is dedicated to Ericsson's EDA solution but can also be used for Ethernet aggregation in non-EDA networks.

EMN120 is now commercially available.

Alcatel-Lucent Enhances 1626 Light Manager WDM Platform

Alcatel-Lucent announced Release 5 of its 1626 Light Manager (LM) WDM platform, adding capabilities that address the demand for increased capacity, flexibility and manageability.

The 1626 LM Release 5 provides a fully tunable and reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplex (T&ROADM) architecture. Wavelength services can be remotely provisioned end-to-end, in minutes with no manual intervention. Additionally, the platform is designed to scale from 10G to 40G wavelengths seamlessly.

Specifically, the product incorporates wavelength selective switch (WSS) technology to perform wavelength rerouting in multiple directions (or degrees) within the network. In addition, its fully tunable architecture allows operators terminating any wavelength ("color") in any given point of the network, as service interfaces can be colored from the network operations center (NOC) as necessary according to the specific wavelength.

Furthermore, the Alcatel-Lucent 1626 LM Release 5 has a fully programmable grid (50GHz and 100GHz) for supporting any mix of 10G and 40G wavelengths over the same fiber. The 40G wavelength transport functionality can be delivered either over the WSS-based tunable & programmable architecture or over existing 1626 LM deployments as a smooth upgrade path. As the support of 40G wavelengths is native and not emulated (e.g. 4 x 10G), this makes the 1626 LM a high capacity photonic platform able to transport up to 80 wavelengths at 40G (3.2 Tbps) per each direction.

NTT Communications Selects Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router

NTT Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NTT Group in charge of long distance calls, international services and data communication in Japan, selected the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) to support its IP-VPN services. The contract follows a year-long extensive test and evaluation process.

DSL Forum: IPTV Users Top 8 Million, Broadband at 313 Million

The number of IPTV users worldwide has topped 8 million. Europe added 3 million IPTV subscribers in the 12 months to 30-June-07, making it the strongest market in terms of growth (up 231% in 12 months) and total subscribers (now 5 million).

"Top markets like France (2,550,000 customers) and Hong Kong (938,000
customers) show that IPTV can be deployed rapidly to large numbers of
subscribers, if the market conditions are right," said Point Topic Senior
Analyst John Bosnell.

According to data provided for the DSL Forum by Point Topic, the total number of broadband access lines worldwide has topped 313 million. DSL remains the most popular access technology with over 200 million installed lines.

Broadcom Supplies VDSL2 Chipset for Ericsson's EDA Broadband Access Line

Broadcom is supplying its VDSL2 chipset to Ericsson for its EDA Broadband Access product line. The companies said the integration of Broadcom's VDSL2 in Ericsson's EDA VDSL2 portfolio is a result of a long-term cooperation initiated in 2001.

Based on Broadcom's "BladeRunner" DSL chipset, Ericsson's EDA VDSL2 platform is a new generation broadband solution that provides access speeds of up to 100 Mbps over existing copper networks enabling simplified network structure and enhanced cost-efficiency for operators.

AT&T Acquires 700 MHz Spectrum for $2.5 Billion

AT&T will acquire spectrum licenses in the 700 MHz frequency band from Aloha Partners for $2.5 billion in cash. The spectrum licenses cover areas with approximately 196 million people.

AT&T said the transaction enhances its spectrum position by adding 12 MHz of spectrum covering 196 million people in 281 markets. The spectrum covers many major metropolitan areas, including 72 of the top 100 and all of the top 10 markets in the United States.
  • Delaware-based Aloha Partners is headed by Charles Townsend, who was the founder and CEO of the Atlantic Cellular Company from 1989 - 1998. In 1998, Atlantic Cellular was sold to Rural Cellular Corp. Atlantic Cellular grew to be the fourth largest cellular company in New England by 1998 when it was sold.