Sunday, October 21, 2007

ADC to Acquire LGC Wireless for In-Building Wireless Extensions

ADC agreed to acquire LGC Wireless, a provider of specialized in-building wireless coverage and capacity solutions, for $169 million.

LGC Wireless offers platforms for extending in-building wireless voice/data coverage for GSM and CDMA networks. The company has also announced an in-building WiMAX extension solution. LGC Wireless had sales of $83 million in the last 12 months ended September 30, 2007 compared to sales of $43 million in the year ended December 31, 2006. The company has approximately 240 employees and is based in San Jose, California.

ADC described the acquisition as a central part of its All IP Radio Access Network (IP RAN) strategy announced earlier this year. LGC's network systems mobile switching and wireless office solutions will augment ADC's existing outdoor solutions.


Riverbed Enhances WDS for Disaster Recovery Acceleration

Riverbed Technology released version 4.1 of its Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS), adding application-specific optimization for large-scale data transfers. Specifically, Riverbed has enhanced its RiOS software with disaster recovery intelligence and is introducing a new Steelhead appliance model 6120, which is optimized for disaster recovery. In addition, Riverbed has introduced optimizations for Oracle11i applications.

In RiOS 4.1, Riverbed is using behavioral traffic recognition to enable adaptive acceleration based on the size and type of the data to be transferred. The system automatically recognizes disaster recovery operations, such as data replication and backup jobs, to achieve even faster performance for large-scale data transfers.

The new Riverbed Steelhead appliance model 6120, which is optimized for data-center-to-data-center transfers, has a raw capacity of seven terabytes and a data store that is over three terabytes in size, doubling the capacity of Riverbed's currently available largest Steelhead appliance model. The Steelhead appliance model 6120 will be generally available on November 15, 2007. The US list price is $119,995.

Sycamore Elects Craig Benson to Board of Directors

Sycamore Networks has added Craig Benson to its Board of Directors. Benson is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cabletron Systems, which he co-founded in 1983. In 2002 Benson was elected the Governor of New Hampshire.

Thailand's DTAC Deploys Nokia Siemens Networks' Gateway

DTAC Network, a subsidiary of Thailand's second largest mobile operator, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks' International Gateway solution. Nokia Siemens Networks has been in collaboration with DTAC since the early 1990s and has been its sole network supplier since October 2003. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Telecom Reaches 33.89 Million Broadband Users

China Telecom added more than 500,000 DSL access lines in September, giving it an installed base of nearly 34 million. For 2007, China Telecom has now added some 5,570,000 broadband access lines.

Some performance indicators released by the company.

Guangdong Telecom Chooses Redback/Ericsson

Guangdong Telecom selected Ericsson to upgrade its broadband network using Redback's SmartEdge router platform for data, voice and video services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Guangdong Telecom is the largest provincial carrier in China with more than 40 million customers. Under the deal, Redback and Ericsson will help Guangdong Telecom expand its residential and business services for more than 5 million broadband customers.

Redback and Ericsson said they are managing 43 percent of fixed broadband subscribers for telephone carriers in China. Redback has deployed more than 1,000 routing platforms in 22 of 32 provinces with China Telecom and China Netcom, the two largest wire-line carriers in China.

Hong Kong's PCCW Selects Redback

PCCW, the incumbent operator in Hong Kong, has chosen Redback Networks' SmartEdge multi-service edge router platform to help deliver video-on-demand and other broadband services. PCCW currently ranks as the largest IPTV service provider worldwide, serving more than 800,000 subscribers. It is also one of the largest broadband carriers in China with more than 1 million customers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Redback said the PCCW deal puts it at the center of more than 50 percent of the largest IPTV deployments in the world. Other Redback customers deploying IPTV and broadband video services include AT&T, Belgacom, China Telecom, China Netcom, ChungHwa Telecom, Korea Telecom, KPN, Neuf Cegetel, among others.

Nominum Enhances IP-application Routing Directory (IPRD)

Nominum announced the release of Navitas 3.0, an IP-application Routing Directory (IPRD) that integrates legacy telephony numbering plans and IP routing identifiers. Additionally, the directory enables the consolidation and simplification of routing plan management processes, improves telecommunication margins, and optimizes usage of profitable and reliable routes.

Nominum said its Navitas 3.0 enables carriers to transition to an IP telephony business model and extend telephony services to support a voice enabled Web, without having to duplicate network functionality between legacy signaling systems -- such as Signaling System 7 (SS7) - and IP. Specifically, Navitas 3.0 serves as the foundation for next-generation networks like IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) by allowing carriers to reuse existing routing plans, and modernize the integration into next-generation networks through automation. Navitas 3.0 ensures reliable call deliveries across interconnects. It includes IP routing directory management and reporting functionality, helping carriers avoid increased spending on TDM and SS7.

Navitas 3.0 dynamically accesses, stores and manages telephone routes and number mapping, while serving both legacy and converged IP switching infrastructure with route resolution for call termination. The solution features functionality for advanced service routing capabilities such as voice, multi-media sessions and IP applications.

New to Navitas 3.0 are the Application Routing Module and Element Management System. The Application Routing Module (ARM) enables Navitas 3.0 to become a switch-agnostic signaling data repository that refines telephony and multimedia routes based on session parameters like cost, quality, capacity and content (end user context like persona, presence, location, etc.)

"As the industry transitions to an all-IP world, carriers require a robust IPRD that is switch and data source agnostic and can serve as a control point for advanced services," said Tom Tovar, chief executive officer, Nominum.

Siemens Debuts HiPath OpenOffice Unified Communications Appliance

Siemens Communications introduced a new HiPath OpenOffice ME unified communications appliance aimed at companies with 20-150 workers. Each user license includes the Siemens OpenScape Office unified communications suite, which provides presence awareness of other users among many other capabilities. In addition, HiPath OpenOffice supports HiPath Wireless Access Points and the new HiPath Wireless C20 Controller.

Key Features of the HiPath OpenOffice ME include:

  • Presence status

  • Drag and drop conference management

  • Microsoft Outlook Plug-in

  • Mobility

  • Call journal

  • Voice and fax message boxes

  • Personal auto attendant

  • Live call recording

  • Dial from any application

Siemens Introduces HiPath Wireless Controller for FMC

Siemens Communications introduced its HiPath Wireless C20 Controller for extending fixed-mobile convergence into small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The C20 offers features that were previously available on the HiPath Wireless C2400 Controller - a large-enterprise, high-volume appliance.

The new C20 controller supports end-to-end QoS, enabling prioritized traffic handling from the Access Point (AP) all the way to the end destination. On the network side, it integrates with the existing wired network.

The C20 also boasts an increase in throughput with its two Gigabit Ethernet ports. Virtual LAN support at the controller is also provided. In addition, Siemens' VNS enables centralized segmentation of the WLAN by user, device or application. Each controller supports up to 32 APs and 512 users. The network can add more C20 controllers as needed.

MobiTV Tops Three Million Subscribers

MobiTV has surpassed three million subscriptions for its services worldwide; adding one million in six months.

MobiTV also noted the appointment earlier this month of Charlie Nooney as its new chairman and CEO. Nooney joins MobiTV from his role as president for Technicolor Network Services, a global consultancy and managed services division of The Thomson Corporation focused on the preparation, management, and distribution of content. Nooney was responsible for supporting a wide range of media companies, content owners, channel operators and out-of-home and corporate media networks.

VSNL Selects Ditech's Transcoding

VSNL has selected Ditech's transcoding solution to handle the rapidly growing number of codecs deployed by its carrier customers. The transcoding solution leverages Ditech's Packet Voice Processor (PVP) platform, offering VSNL a way to handle hundreds of calls per second and thousands of active sessions with little or no delay. Ditech's Packet Voice Processor supports a range of codecs, including G.711, G.721, G.722, G.722.1, G.722.2 (GSM-AMR WB), G.723.1, G.726, G.727, G.728, G.729/a/b/ab/e/g, Speex, iLBC, iSAC, GSM-AMR, GSM-HR, GSM-FR, GSM-EFR, EVRC, 4GV, AMBE, BV16/32.

MobiTV Wins Long-Term Agreement to TV on Sprint

MobiTV announced a multi-year agreement to offer its mobile television and video experience to Sprint customers. Under the deal, Sprint and MobiTV will continue to work together to advance and extend the Sprint TV, Sprint TV Xtra, and Sprint TV en Vivo services to customers throughout the U.S.

Time Warner Telecom Appeals FCC Partial Grant of AT&T Forbearance Petition

Time Warner Telecom filed an appeal in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals of the FCC's October 11th partial grant of the AT&T forbearance petition concerning business broadband services. The appeal was filed on the grounds that the FCC Order violated the conditions of previous FCC approvals for the AT&T/BellSouth merger and that the Commission erroneously granted wholesale broadband special access relief based on analysis only of the retail market.

"The retail and wholesale markets are separate and distinct," explained Paul Jones, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Time Warner Telecom. "Section 10 of the '96 Act requires that the FCC analyze whether the application of dominant carrier regulation to the services specified by AT&T in its petition continues to be necessary to ensure that charges and practices with respect to those services are just and reasonable. At the very least, that analysis requires that the FCC identify the correct product market."
  • Earlier this month, The FCC granted a forbearance petition from AT&T under which the carrier sought a regulatory relief of its broadband infrastructure and fiber capabilities. This relief provides AT&T with more flexibility with regard to its existing packet-switched broadband telecommunications services and its existing optical transmission services. The regulatory relief is similar to that granted to Verizon in March 2006.

    Under Title II of the Telecom Act, dominant carriers are subject to price cap or rate-of-return regulation, and must file tariffs for many of their interstate telecommunications services – on either seven or fifteen days' notice – and usually with supporting data. In addition, applications to discontinue, reduce, or impair service are subject to a 60-day waiting period for dominant carriers, as opposed to a 31-day period for nondominant carriers. Finally, dominant carriers must follow more stringent procedures under section 214 of the Act for certain types of transfers of control for which nondominant carriers are accorded presumptive streamlined treatment.

    In this ruling, the FCC granted AT&T forbearance from the application of dominant carrier tariff filing, cost support, discontinuance, and domestic transfer of control and certain Computer Inquiry requirements to broadband services with regard to (1) its existing non-TDM-based, packet-switched services capable of transmitting 200 kbps or greater in each direction; and (2) its existing non-TDM-based, optical transmission services. These services include Frame Relay Services, ATM Services, LAN Services, Ethernet-Based Services, Video Transmission Services, Optical Network Services, and Wave-Based Services. This grant is restricted to services that AT&T currently offers and lists in its petitions, and excludes all TDM-based, DS1 and DS3 services.

Apple Ships 1.1 Million iPhones in Q3

Apple sold 1,119,000 iPhones in Q3 2007, bringing cumulative fiscal 2007 sales to 1,389,000.

One Minute Video: What is MDM?

One Minute Video: What is MDM?

Presented by Matt Bancroft


Multimedia over Coax Alliance Tops 175 Mbps, PQoS

A new version of the Multimedia over Coax (MoCA) in-home networking standard has been ratified adding PQoS (parameterized quality of service) for bandwidth management and prioritization of multiple streams of HD content. MoCA Version 1.1 features packet net throughputs of 175 Mbps over existing coax wires in consumer homes. MoCA 1.1 also includes an increase in network size from the current eight nodes to 16 nodes.

The new net throughput number is a significant increase over MoCA's previously stated performance metric of 100 Mbps.

The MoCA Alliance, which promotes the technology, said numerous applications would benefit from the upgraded standard, including:

  • Whole house distribution of HD video, audio, data, gaming, and voice content;

  • Whole home networking of CATV STB, DBS STB, ATSC STB, and FTTP STB functionality as an add-on to existing methods of distribution or as a replacement for existing methods of distribution;

  • Home networking backbone for consumer electronics technologies (wireless, Ethernet/IP, IEEE-1394);

  • Set top boxes that can receive both premium content and personal content;

  • Sharing of game stations, computers, network attached storage units, data gateways (DSL, DOCSIS, FTTP, DBS, Terrestrial) directly to video devices/displays through PVR and iTV, and;

  • Simultaneous streaming of multiple HD video streams.

TANDBERG Television Showcases UltraCompression Transcoding

TANDBERG Television, part of the Ericsson Group, is showcasing its iPlex UltraCompression IPTV video processing platform and debuting new high performance integrated transcoding capabilities. The new iPlex UltraCompression transcoder supports multi-format MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC SD and HD input streams and uses TANDBERG Television's next generation AVC platform to transcode them to either MPEG-4 AVC SD or HD output.

Up to 4 UltraCompression transcoders are supported in the 1RU iPlex video processing platform. TANDBERG Television said its iPlex video processing platform ensures the integrity of metadata in the transport streams (closed captioning, teletext etc.) and maximizes the performance of lip sync issues with subtitles. Additionally, when used in conjunction with bulk descrambling receivers, the iPlex transcoding architecture reduces the cost of the overall head-end design and improves video quality. It converts an incoming HD or SD MPEG-2 transport stream to digital baseband, avoiding the composite video interconnection common in multi-box approaches, performs pre-processing for picture and compression optimization, and then encodes the stream into MPEG-4 AVC on a single submodule. The integrated design allows for increased signal processing control, in turn significantly increasing the compression performance. Also, ancillary data such as Teletext and Closed Captions is left intact, allowing the solution to conform with country-specific requirements.