Sunday, December 9, 2007

EdgeCast Raises $6 Million for CDN

EdgeCast Networks, a start-up based in Los Angeles, has secured $6 million in Series B financing for its rich-media content delivery network (CDN). The new funds will be used to expand EdgeCast's international reach, scale the network for additional capacity, enhance features, and further develop the company's sales and marketing operations.

EdgeCast said its global content delivery network is designed for high-performance speed, massive audiences and flash crowds. The company claims significant performance improvements and substantial cost savings over competitors such as Limelight Networks, Akamai and Vitalstream/Internap.

The new funding was led by Steamboat Ventures, a venture capital firm affiliated with The Walt Disney Company. Concurrent with this investment, Scott Hilleboe, Senior Principal of Steamboat Ventures, and Jeffrey Stibel, President of Website Pros, Inc. and former CEO of, will join EdgeCast's board of directors. Steamboat will join Series A investors from the Hollywood media community such as Mark Amin, Chairman of CinemaNow as well as Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate films. The latest round brings EdgeCast's total funding to more than $10 million.

Juniper Introduces Partner Solution Developer Platform

Juniper Networks introduced a Partner Solution Development Platform (PSDP) that enables customers and partners to develop specialized applications using JUNOS software. The PSDP offers a software development kit (SDK) with intelligent and secure interfaces to JUNOS routing and service functions. Juniper said these tools will provide customers and partners with greater choice and control in designing, developing and deploying specialized applications such as event-optimized routing, customized bandwidth management, advanced security services and extended operations toolsets.

Juniper Networks provides access to the Partner Solution Development Platform technology, as well as technical and business support, through its Open IP Solution Development Program for customers and partners. The PSDP will be available through an annual licensing program. The inaugural program members include Aricent and Avaya, among others.

ARM Announces Processor Licensing Agreement With PMC-Sierra

PMC-Sierra has licensed the high-performance ARM Cortex-A8 processor and ARM11 MPCore multicore processor for a broad range of designs, including devices for Passive Optical Networks (PON) and ASIC devices.

The ARM Cortex-A8 processor scales in speed from 600 MHz to more than 1GHz. The ARM11 MPCore multicore processor provides a scalable solution that can be configured to contain between one and four processors, delivering over 3000 Dhrystone MIPS of aggregate performance. The ARM11 MPCore multicore processor also provides software portability across single-CPU and multi-CPU designs and offers an enhanced memory system capable of over 6GB (Gigabytes) per second throughput.

Alcatel-Lucent to Build out MetroPCS' AWS Network in 7 Cities

MetroPCS Wireless awarded a contract extension to Alcatel-Lucent to include, among other things, CDMA2000 mobile networking solutions to build out MetroPCS' AWS spectrum in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Los Angeles. Currently, MetroPCS offers PCS service in the Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento metropolitan areas.

Alcatel-Lucent will continue to provide to MetroPCS a range of base stations designed to fit a wide variety of deployment scenarios, both in new and existing markets, including high-capacity Macro base stations, medium- capacity Sub-Compact base stations and Low-Power base stations for in-building applications. Alcatel-Lucent also will provide maintenance and professional services, including network optimization, design and engineering.

Nokia Siemens Networks to Expand Packet Core for China Mobile

China Mobile Group Beijing Ltd. (CMBJ) has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to expand its General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) core network. The upgrade will benefit millions of additional visitors expected in Beijing during the Olympic games next August.

Nokia Siemens Networks said the high user capacity of its packet core solution allows operators to handle a huge number of mobile consumers, even if they are using data services heavily. One part of the solution, the Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), combines support for 2G and 3G networks dynamically in one system. Operators are therefore free to devote available capacity to the network where the capacity is needed without adding new hardware. The SGSN also prepares an operator's network for the so called "direct tunnel architecture" or "flat architecture". This architecture is part of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) of mobile data networks. With this technology the payload of the connection will be handled directly between access and the GGSN. Only the signaling part has to be routed through the SGSN. This saves a lot of capacity in the SGSN, so an increase in traffic doesn't mean an additional investment in this part of the network.

Nextlink Selects Ericsson's Microwave Backhaul Solution

Nextlink, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, announced an agreement to use Ericsson's microwave radio transmission solutions and professional services to support the build out of mobile backhaul networks in the United States. Specifically, Nextlink will deploy Ericsson's MINI-LINK Traffic Node microwave transmission platform as it deploys services for its wholesale mobile wireless and wireline communications service provider customers. The agreement also includes a complete set of services from Ericsson including installation, integration and hardware support. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson's MINI-LINK is capable of supporting broadband wireless links at speeds from 6 Mbps from 155 Mbps. It uses a single antenna to support multiple wireless data transmission paths.

Nextlink is one of the largest holders of fixed wireless spectrum in the U.S.

Verizon Business Adds IP Trunking Capabilities

Verizon Business introduced new IP Trunking capabilities providing its enterprise customers with on-demand sharing of unused trunk capacity, more platforms for IP PBX (private branch exchange), a new path to VoIP through its Ethernet to Private IP access option, and automated rerouting of calls to maintain business continuity.

Verizon VoIP Trunking services use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) signaling to interoperate with either an IP or time division multiplex (TDM) PBX or key system.

The IP Trunking enhancements include:

  • On-Demand Networking Via Burstable Enterprise Shared Trunks: With the introduction of Burstable Enterprise Shared Trunks (BEST), customers will be able to use idle trunk capacity in one location to accommodate an increase in traffic from another location. This offering will be available to U.S.-based customers on a select IP Trunking plan beginning in mid-January 2008, with global expansion to follow. This new capability can help customers better manage utilization of their local and long-distance traffic by sharing capacity on demand.

  • Additional IP PBX Platform Choices: Nortel Communication Server 1000 5.0 is the latest IP PBX platform certified to interoperate with Verizon IP Trunking. This widely used enterprise CPE solution, a cornerstone of Nortel's Unified Communications platform, joins a prestigious and extensive line-up of Verizon Business CPE that has been rigorously tested and certified for successful implementation of Verizon VoIP. In addition, certification of Avaya 4.0 Communication Manager has expanded the list of Avaya CPE included in Verizon Business' portfolio. Avaya Communication Manager IP Telephony software helps companies connect employees and customers wherever they are, over whatever device they have available. Both of these new IP PBX platforms are available to customers in the United States and many countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • Ethernet as a Path to VoIP: Verizon Business is introducing Ethernet access to Private IP, its fastest- growing service, as another fast lane to VoIP in a converged network environment.

  • Automatic Call Rerouting: Verizon Business is now supporting Inbound Failover, a new feature that automatically forwards calls to another IP address in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Brasil Telecom Selects UTStarcom's RollingStream IPTV

UTStarcom announced its first IPTV win in Latin America. Brasil Telecom's Videon IPTV service is using UTStarcom's RollingStream end-to-end IPTV solution as its end-to-end technology platform. The solution is deployed for the carrier's new Videon video-on-demand (VOD) IPTV service in Brasilia with plans to expand the service to additional cities in the country's South and Midwest regions in the coming months. In addition to supporting the current subscriber base in Brasilia, the RollingStream system designed for Brasil Telecom maintains an additional capacity of 50,000 subscribers for the expansion. Financial terms were not disclosed.

UTStarcom said there are currently over 600,000 live subscribers on its RollingStream IPTV solution globally. It has a total deployed subscriber system capacity of over one million subscribers with its commercial IPTV deployments in China with China Netcom and China Telecom; Bharti Airtel and MTNL/Aksh in India and Softbank in Japan.

AT&T Upgrades Nationwide IP/MPLS Backbone to 40 Gbps

AT&T lit its first coast-to-coast, 40 Gbps over its IP/MPLS backbone. AT&T has deployed 40 Gbps (or OC-768) on more than 50,000 wavelength miles of its U.S. IP/MPLS backbone network to date, connecting major U.S. cities. The deployment includes 18,000 miles of recently enhanced optical ultralong haul routes capable of eventually carrying customer voice and data traffic at speeds up to 100 Gbps with minimized latency. By year's end, more than 40 percent of the IP traffic carried over the company's backbone network will ride on this new-generation platform.

AT&T said it plans to continue deploying 40 Gbps technology and ultimately connect major IP/MPLS network hubs in 25 major U.S. metropolitan areas in the coming months.

The new-generation AT&T backbone network carries a full range of IP-based services, including wireless data, business video, data and voice services, private line and wavelength traffic, as well as IP-based residential services and Internet access for AT&T's 13.8 million DSL and AT&T U-verse customers.

AT&T is currently carrying more than 13.4 petabytes of data traffic on an average business day.

Additionally, AT&T said its 40 Gbps backbone is designed and managed for maximum resiliency in the event of a natural or man-made disruption, including the ability to continue transport in the event of disruption of any single network link or node. In the coming months, the network will be enhanced with diversely homed edge sites, which provide multiple network paths through each network hub, as well as MPLS Fast Reroute technology, which enables service restoration in less than one second.

To support the current network upgrade in the U.S. and planned future upgrades internationally, AT&T has selected the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS-1) as the core platform for the backbone expansion.

"As the demand for Internet and IP-based applications continues to explode, IP traffic on the AT&T network has doubled throughout the past two years, and we fully expect this substantial growth to continue in the future," said John Stankey, group president of Telecom Operations at AT&T. "Our industry-leading deployment of 40-Gigabit technology enables us to stay ahead of our customers' growing need for bandwidth and to continually deliver the fast, reliable connectivity our customers need to connect with their world."


JDSU Unveils Fiber Dispersion Analyzer

JDSU introduced an Optical Dispersion Measurement (ODM) module for its T-BERD/MTS-6000 and T-BERD/MTS-8000. The module provides chromatic dispersion (CD), polarization mode dispersion (PMD) and Attenuation Profile test functions. These tests can help validate the fiber link's compatibility with high-speed CWDM/DWDM systems, including Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs). The performance of each individual function also makes the ODM module ideal for characterizing fiber at 40G and higher.

JDSU said measuring CD, PMD and attenuation is essential during fiber characterization, a series of tests performed to identify fiber viability for very high-speed transmission systems (10 GigE, 40G and higher) in both the installation and maintenance phases. If not properly managed, CD, PMD and attenuation cause severe performance effects on transmission quality that must operate at peak performance in order to deliver reliable broadband services.

Holland's Reggefiber Picks Cisco Ethernet FTTH (E- FTTH)

Reggefiber, a broadband operator in the Netherlands, has selected Cisco's Ethernet FTTH (E-FTTH) solution for an optical fiber rollout in three cities in the Netherlands. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Reggefiber plans to deliver residential broadband at speeds of up to 100 Mbps initially and up to 1 Gbps in the future. Reggefiber's current planned projects will add approximately 100,000 to 200,000 households making its FTTH coverage the largest in The Netherlands. The company has recently started laying fiber in the city of Deventer. It will extend the FTTH network to the city of Almere and another city within the next few months.

Reggefiber will deploy Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches as the E-FTTH access platform at its new optical points of presence (PoPs) and a 10 Gigabit Ethernet core network to make optimum use of the increased capacity provided by Cisco 7600 Series Routers. Fujitsu Services will supply, install and support the Cisco equipment.

AT&T Confirms Deployment of Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS-1)

AT&T has selected the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS-1)

as the core platform of its IP/MPLS backbone network supporting voice, video, data and mobility services to residential and business customers worldwide. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We are extremely pleased that AT&T has selected the Cisco CRS-1 as the core of its multinational network supporting advanced IP services," said Tony Bates, senior vice president and general manager of the service provider technology group at Cisco. "We look forward to continuing to work with AT&T as its customer base and service portfolio continue to expand."

Violin Memory and AMD Collaborate on Terabyte-Scale Server Memory

Violin Memory, a start-up based in Iselin, New Jersey, announced a technology alliance with AMD that will combine its memory appliances and the HyperTransport high-speed interconnect technology in order to meet the demands of ever-increasing dataset size and application performance.

Violin Memory said that be leveraging HyperTransport technology it can cost-effectively extend server memory to the Terabytes range. Target applications could range from high-performance computing clusters to VOD servers.

Under the agreement, Violin and AMD will use HyperTransport technology to enable Violin 1010 Memory Appliances to connect directly with AMD Opteron processor-based servers and extend main memory resources. The cache coherency protocol of HyperTransport technology will enable
several processors to share extensive memory resources from one or more Violin Memory Appliances. This extended memory model will enable these servers to support much larger datasets.

Violin has developed a unique switched memory technology that delivers RAID-like redundancy and allows failed memory modules to be replaced without the loss of application data. A single 2U appliance can support 84 Violin Memory Modules (VIMMs). Each module supports 6 GB of DRAM, which provides for total appliance capacity of 504 GB.

T-Mobile USA Adds Samsung Katalyst Phone to Hotspot@Home Service

T-Mobile USA has added the new Samsung "Katalyst" slider phone to its T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service. The Samsung Katalyst operates over a home Wi-Fi network and at nearly 8,500 T-Mobile HotSpot locations nationwide. When customers leave home or a T-Mobile HotSpot, their calls are passed onto T-Mobile's GSM network, and the same is true for passing calls from T-Mobile's network onto Wi-Fi networks.
  • T-Mobile USA launched its HotSpot@Home fixed-mobile-convergence (FMC) service in June 2007.

PMC-Sierra Announces Quad 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel Controller

PMC-Sierra introduced a new 8 Gbps Fibre Channel protocol controller (PM8032 Tachyon QE8) with double the performance and ports of existing products and aimed at a new class of networked storage systems that can handle the data consolidation necessitated by Web 2.0 applications and high-performance computing clusters.

In addition to doubling the performance of existing Fibre Channel controllers, PMC-Sierra's Tachyon QE8 includes a number of advanced features, including PCI-Express 2.0 Gen-II, Multiple Outbound Read Requests and advanced 8 Gbps serial link monitoring. The Tachyon QE8 is fully interoperable with PMC-Sierra's family of 4 Gbps Fibre Channel products, enabling storage OEMs to increase performance, decrease power and preserve their software investment. The Tachyon QE8 can also be combined with PMC-Sierra's SAS/SATA protocol controllers and expanders to enable high-performance, tiered-storage system solutions.

The Tachyon QE8 combines four ports of 8 Gbps Fibre Channel with eight lanes of 5 Gbps PCIe 2.0 bandwidth/ In addition, the QE8 leverages the Tachyon State Machine architecture, which combines low latency with a high level of system performance and scalability. PMC-Sierra provides a comprehensive Tachyon Software Development kit (TSDK), including source code and drivers, to significantly reduce firmware development time and accelerate time to market.

The PM8032 Tachyon QE8 device will be available in Q108 in a lead-free 480-pin FC PBGA package using 90-nanometer CMOS technology.