Saturday, May 31, 2008

Ozmo Develops Low-Power Wi-Fi Personal Area Network

Ozmo Devices, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, unveiled its low-power silicon + software solution for Wi-Fi Personal Area Networks (Wi-Fi PANs). The technology extends the existing Wi-Fi ecosystem while providing an alternative to Bluetooth or other short range wireless technologies.

The company aims to bring native low-power peripheral connectivity to Wi-Fi platforms. With an estimated 100 million Wi-Fi-enabled notebooks expected to ship in 2008, Ozmo's low-power Wi-Fi chip could enable connected mice, headsets and other personal electronics. Ozmo Devices' approach does not require an additional radio inside the platform or a dongle to communicate with the peripheral. The technology achieves a data rate of up to 9 Mbps and a latency significantly below standard Wi-Fi. Ozmo achieves this using a TDMA-like overlay protocol, however it uses standard 802.11-based packets for native coexistence with Wi-Fi networks. The implementation also supports 802.11-compliant security

Ozmo's PAN technology includes a software driver that delivers native low-power peripheral connectivity to the platform and an highly integrated, ultra-low-power IC in the wireless peripheral that seamlessly communicates with the platform. The solution is currently sampling and production-ready development efforts are underway at key peripheral product OEMs.

Ozmo Devices was founded as H-Stream Wireless in December 2004. The company is privately held and funded by Granite Ventures, Intel Capital, and Tallwood Venture Capital.
  • Ozmo Devices is headed by Dave Timm, who previously spent 15 years at Maxim Integrated Products, where he was Managing Director of the Notebook Power Business Unit. The company was co-founded by Dr. Katelijn Vleugels (CTO), who previously was with Atheros and who served as a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford, and Roel Peeters (Vice President of Marketing), who previously was a senior member of the solutions marketing group at Actuate, a business intelligence software company.

Atheros Introduces Dual-radio 802.11n Router Platform

Atheros Communications introduced its XSPAN single-board, dual-radio router platform featuring single-chip 802.11n technology. The AR9002AP platform provides up to 600 Mbps of wireless networking capacity to support the growing number of devices on the home network-simultaneously.

Atheros said its new AR9002AP platform leverages the efficiencies of single-chip 11n technologies to significantly reduce the cost of dual-radio networking products. It features the AR9220 and AR9223 11n single-chip radio/MAC/BB designs to support the 5 and 2.4 GHz bands, respectively. At the core of the AR9002AP platform is Atheros' AR7161 high-performance, 680MHz wireless networking CPU-engineered to maximize 802.11n performance. The platform also offers Atheros ETHOS AR8216 Fast Ethernet or AR8316 Gigabit Ethernet switch options. The system has been integrated on a single, compact circuit board that requires up to 50 percent fewer components than competitive solutions on the market.

With simultaneous operation in both bands, the router can rely on the relatively interference-free 5GHz band to support latency-sensitive, high-bandwidth applications like HD video streaming, while off-loading latency-tolerant data transmissions such as email and Internet browsing to the more interference-prone 2.4GHz band. This delegation of applications also allows the 2.4GHz band to support legacy 802.11g Wi-Fi devices, which can slow down 11n networks, leaving the 5GHz band free to provide the optimized 11n performance required for smooth media transmissions.

The AR9002AP solutions is currently sampling to key customers.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hammerhead Systems Appoints Rob Keil President and CEO

Hammerhead Systems announced the appointment of Rob Keil as President and CEO, replacing Peter Savage, who is leaving the company.

Hammerhead offers a Layer 2.5 solution supporting multiservice MPLS and Carrier Ethernet in a single box. The HSX 6000 provides dense Ethernet aggregation for E-Line, E-LAN and E-Tree Services, MPLS Pseudowire termination, VPLS, Leased Line IP Aggregation, Multilink PPP/Frame Relay/ATM support, Any-to-Any Service Interworking, and a PBB-TE Service Gateway.

Rob Keil co-founded Hammerhead in 2002, raised the Series A, served as VP of Marketing and Business Development and took the HSX 6000 from visionary concept, through development and testing with tier 1 service providers, and into general availability and network deployment. Rob replaces

Prior to founding Hammerhead Systems, Rob was the Vice President of Marketing at optical networking company Zaffire, spent 4 years at Cisco as a Senior Group Manager in product management where he launched the MGX 8800 series, and was a Group Manager, Product Planning at StrataCom.

Hammerhead also announced the appointment of Houman Modarres as VP of Marketing. Houman was most recently VP of Product Management at Hammerhead Systems. Prior to Hammerhead, Houman was Director of the Softswitch and IP Telephony business line at 3Com Corporation. I
  • In July 2007, Hammerhead Systems secured $18 million Series D round of funding for its traffic aggregation and switching platform. Hammerhead said its HSX 6000 answers the need for traffic aggregation in a market in which Ethernet services are taking off and in which legacy services are also continuing to grow. Its single box solution offers dense Ethernet aggregation for both E-Line and E-LAN services, MPLS Pseudowire termination, VPLS, Leased Line IP Aggregation, Frame Relay and ATM/IMA support, and Any-to-Any Service Inter-working. The new funding round was led by Foundation Capital and joined by all existing investors including Mayfield Fund, Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, Pequot Ventures, Silver Creek Ventures and Apex Venture Partners. Hammerhead Systems has raised $98 million in total capital to date.

Taiwan's Chunghwa Renews TDM Maintenance with Alcatel-Lucent

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom, has renewed a major maintenance contract with Alcatel-Lucent for a second four-year term. Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent will provide maintenance services on the Alcatel-Lucent 5ESS and S12 switches that make up Chunghwa Telecom's Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) network, which serves some 12 million subscriber lines. The full suite of service support includes technical support, trouble shooting as well as repairs and return (services. This maintenance contract will help Chunghwa Telecom better manage and maintain its 14 million ports in more than 700 switches distributed across the island. These switches have been in operation at Chunghwa Telecom's network for more than a decade. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telekom Austria Enhances IPTV with Alcatel-Lucent

In time for the European soccer championship (EURO 2008), Telekom Austria is enhancing its aonTV with Time shift TV and HDTV capabilities. aonTV customers will be able to stop live broadcasts, take a break, and then continue to watch the transmission of the program. Telekom Austria selected Alcatel-Lucent for the project.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it now has over 50 service providers worldwide deploying its Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA).

Blueslice Expands its Home Subscriber Server (HSS) Portfolio

Montreal-based Blueslice Networks introduced a compact version of its Home Subscriber Server platform. The new HSS 1000 product offering, offers all the technical benefits and capabilities of existing HSS 3000 counterpart but is designed for smaller, cost-constrained deployments.

The Home Subscriber Server (HSS) is the central subscriber database in IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks. The Blueslice's HSS 3000 provides control and intelligence within mobile and fixed networks and the management of multiple profiles per subscription.

Blueslice has integrated its HLR and HSS with its ngHLR, SIP-AS, and AAA server. This allows each component to be enabled on the same platform via a simple software license and resolves the issue of migrating subscriber information from legacy HLR to new HSS environments. The Blueslice Home Subscriber Server is compliant to 3GPP IMS specifications, fixed TISPAN specifications, and PCMM for cable devices.

Ericsson Finalizes Reverse Split 1:5

Ericsson will undertake a reverse split 1:5 of the company's shares. The reverse split has the effect that five shares of series A and five shares of series B, respectively, are consolidated into one share of series A and one share of series B, respectively. The first day of trading in the company's A and B shares after the reverse split is June 2, 2008. The record date for the reverse split is June 4, 2008.

Sorrento Acquires Redfern Broadband Networks

Sorrento Networks has acquired Redfern Broadband Networks (RBN), a developer of optical networking equipment. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal includes RBN's products, customer contracts, channel partner relationships, test equipment, etc.

RBN's GigaEdge Optical Services Provisioning Platforms (OSPP) aggregate the many different services found at the edge of the network and solve the high-capacity optical upgrade needs of customers. Its portfolio includes the RBNi GigaEdge 8200 CWDM OEO ROADM, which is OSP hardened and deployed in North America, Europe and Asia; the RBNi GigaEdge 2300 Programmable Optical Transport Platform, which is configurable as a xWDM Port Expander or Transponder/Muxponder (GigaEdge 2320) or SONET/SDH Mini-MSPP (GigaEdge 2330); and the RBNi GigaEdge 6000 series passive, OSP hardened CWDM filter modules.s the GigaCraft 1200. RBN is based in NSW, Australia.

Sorrento said the acquisition expands its metro optical access product portfolio. The companies' products are similarly designed to help telecommunications carriers and enterprises increase the bandwidth of their existing networks and lower the cost of providing next-generation broadband services.

In addition, Sorrento will enhance its global reach via acquired channel relationships and service provider customers. RBN's strategic partners include companies such as Embarq and Ericsson, and its customer base includes global leaders such as Alltel, PCCW Hong Kong and Siminn Telecom Iceland.

"Sorrento's focus is to grow our worldwide footprint by providing reliable products that address changing customer requirements, maintaining a low-cost structure and exceeding customer service expectations," said Jim Nevelle, CEO of Sorrento Networks. "By acquiring RBN's assets, we gain new, global customers, valuable channel partnerships in Europe and Asia and complementary optical platforms. The acquisition of RBN's proven optical technology strengthens our competitive edge."

Cisco Provides Major Network Upgrade for Orange Business Services

Cisco is providing a major network upgrade project to improve and extend Orange Business Services' international IP VPN. The project will help Orange Business Services bring new advanced services to multinational organizations on a global basis, including Cisco Unified Communications and Cisco TelePresence for virtual ‘in-person' meetings.

Orange Business Services already uses the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture. This new phase of network development will introduce greater efficiencies through the convergence of multiple legacy networks into one end-to-end IP network and add new capabilities such as multicast VPN and IPv6 over MPLS at the network edge.

"Rich media and Web 2.0 are driving the next wave of business productivity," added Pankaj Patel, senior vice president for the Service Provider Technology Group at Cisco. "With the latest phase in the transformation of Orange Business Services' network, we are working together even more closely to offer an increasingly integrated set of services to Orange Business Services customers."

Verizon Airfone Exec Steps Down

William E. Pallone has retired as president of Verizon Airfone. Since 2000, Pallone has had responsibility for all business operations including engineering, product development, sales and marketing, finance and human resources for the airborne telecommunications company.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Infineon Trims Outlook for Communications Solutions

Citing lower volumes in certain wireless platform projects, Infineon Technologies trimmed its outlook for its Communication Solutions segment.

Infineon now anticipates revenues in the third quarter of fiscal year 2008 to be about flat from the previous quarter. The company also expects that the revised revenue outlook in combination with customization expenses associated with the ramp of new platforms should lead to a decline in EBIT excluding gains and charges from the previous quarter. The company anticipates revenues and EBIT excluding gains and charges to improve in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2008 compared to the previous quarter.

Intel and Micron Preview 34nm 32 Gb Flash Memory Chips

Intel and Micron Technology previewd the industry's first sub-40 nanometer (nm) NAND memory device, unveiling a 34nm 32 gigabit (Gb) multi-level cell chip. The device was developed for the next wave of solid-state drives for notebook computers and other portable devices.
This process technology was jointly developed by Intel and Micron and manufactured by the companies' NAND flash joint venture, IM Flash Technologies (IMFT).

The companies said 34nm 32 Gb chips will be manufactured on 300 millimeter wafers, each producing approximately 1.6 terabytes of NAND. Measuring just 172mm², less than the size of a thumbnail, the 34nm 32 Gb chip will cost-effectively enable high-density solid-state storage in small form factor applications.

  • A single 32 Gb chip could store more than 2,000 high-resolution digital photos or hold up to 1,000 songs on a personal music player.

  • Two 8-die stacked packages would realize 64 gigabytes (GBs) of storage, enough for recording anywhere from eight to 40 hours of high-definition video in a digital camcorder.

Based on the 34nm architecture, Intel and Micron also plan to introduce lower density multi-level cell products including single-level cell products, by the end of this calendar year.

Alvarion Supplies 802.16e Network for Balticum TV in Lithuania

Balticum TV, which operates a CATV network in Lithuania, has selected Alvarion to deploy an 802.16e network in the three Baltic states Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Phase one is already in progress and is providing primary broadband services to Lithuanian business and residential users. Alvarion is collaborating with its long time partner DAN Communications in this deployment.

Balticum TV is the first 3.5 GHz WiMAX license holder to launch a commercial 802.16e deployment, providing advanced high-quality voice and data services enabled by Alvarion's 4Motion solution. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.alvarion.com

SOFTBANK TELECOM Selects MRV's Optical Platform

Japan's SOFTBANK TELECOM has deplyed MRV's Fiber Driver optical multi-service platform as the basis for its Japan-wide ATM access network. SOFTBANK TELECOM has configured the network using a unique bi-directional single fiber capability that allowed the company to reduce its fiber needs overall and significantly reduce its operating expenditures from the beginning of the project. The network includes more than several thousand Fiber Driver demarcation devices, and leverages the system's link monitoring capabilities coupled with its Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) management framework for service level assurance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"This network marks one of our largest installations worldwide with a tier-one carrier and demonstrates that the high-performance and feature-rich Fiber Driver platform can scale to serve the needs of very large networks," said Noam Lotan, president and CEO of MRV Communications.

Nihon Cornet Technology, K.K. serves as MRV's master distributor in Japan.

MRV's Fiber Driver optical multi-service product line provides a full range of solutions like services demarcation, media conversion, signal repeating and fiber-optimization, including coarse and dense WDM capabilities. Both managed and unmanaged solutions are offered, including rack-mount, modular systems and desktop systems.

Telx Deploys Ciena's CN 4200 Platform

Telx, which operates over a dozen colocation and interconnection facilities across the U.S., has deployed Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform in two key metro markets, Dallas and New York. This equipment is used as part of the Telx Metro Cross Connect service to facilitate interconnections between dual ColoXchange facilities within a city. Specifically, Telx deployed Ciena's solution for its sub-wavelength grooming capability. Ciena's FlexiPort technology allows any service to be programmed on any port.

Telx's new Metro Cross Connect service provides customers with access to all carriers in a metro, colocated with Telx, through a single deployment. Currently, more than 60 network and solution providers within the Telx Interconnection facility at 2323 Bryan Street are now available to companies colocated at 8435 Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. More than 400 global networks are available for interconnection between the two facilities in New York; 60 Hudson Street and 111 8th Avenue, where Telx facilitates connections for networks, enterprises and financial companies.http://www.ciena.com
  • In January 2008, Ciena announced new G10 and G10X Ethernet Service Modules that deliver Layer 2 Ethernet aggregation, switching and transport capabilities on to the company's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform family. Targeted applications for the CN 4200 with new Layer 2 Ethernet aggregation and switching capabilities include Metro Ethernet Forum-based Carrier Ethernet services, broadband aggregation for triple play and IPTV services and 3G wireless backhaul.

    Ciena's CN 4200 is a WDM transport platform that offers on-demand programmability and support for any service. The CN 4200 platform allows network operators to groom, switch, and transpond a diverse range of client services, such as OC-3/12/48 and STM-1/4/16, GbE, Fibre Channel, FICON, and ESCON into higher-speed 2.7 Gbps (OTU-1), 10.7 Gbps (OTU-2), and 43 Gbps (OTU-3) transport streams. In addition, an "RS" chassis can function as a multi-degree Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM).

Marvell Posts Revenue of $804 Million, up 27%

Marvell Technology reported net revenue for its first quarter of fiscal 2009 of $804 million, an increase of 27 percent over $635 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008, ended April 28, 2007, and a 5 percent sequential decline from $845 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, ended February 2, 2008. Net income (GAAP) was $69.9 million, or $0.11 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, compared with a net loss under GAAP of $52.8 million, or $0.09 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

Despite normal seasonal declines in the hard-disk drive market, first quarter sales were flat sequentially. In the cellular and mobile device market, revenues were in-line with prior expectations, with strong demand for the company's EDGE communication processors. Marvell achieved an important milestone as it began volume shipments of its next-generation 3G High Speed Download Packet Access (HSDPA) communications processor to a key smartphone supplier in the first fiscal quarter. Demand in the enterprise networking market reflected positive acceptance of Metro-Ethernet products, offset by normal seasonal declines in sales of enterprise system controller products.

"We are pleased with our first quarter results," said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell chairman and chief executive. "We surpassed our revenue targets, despite an uncertain economic environment and continuing pricing pressures in our core markets. Cost cutting initiatives implemented in prior periods also paid off, improving Marvell's performance. We surpassed our long term gross margin goal of 50 percent and made significant progress toward our long term operating margin goal of 20 percent, on a recurring non-GAAP basis."

Türk Telekom Selects Alcatel-Lucent for ASON/GMPLS Optical

Türk Telekom has awarded a EUR 21.6 million contract to Alcatel-Lucent to deploy an optical network using an intelligent control plane. The ASON/GMPLS technology employed for the project will enable automatic traffic provisioning for enhanced network protection, operation and maintenance. This will help Türk Telekom further optimize its efficiency in network resource utilization to deliver existing and new services, such as Ethernet-based services, to business and residential users, while protecting its previous investments.

Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its optical networking solution with intelligent control plane in the cities of Ankara, Adana, Istanbul and Izmir. The intelligent control plane, which is based on automatically switched optical network/generalized multi-protocol label switching (ASON*/GMPLS) technology, will run over Alcatel-Lucent 1678 Metro Core Connect (MCC) platforms in Türk Telekom's core transport network.
Furthermore, Alcatel-Lucent will supply its Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems to extend the current transport infrastructure, based on Alcatel-Lucent's synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) and wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technologies. The existing Alcatel-Lucent 1350 management suite - providing all the administration, configuration, fault prevention and security management capacity required to operate this type of networks - will manage the new equipment.

With this deployment, Alcatel-Lucent exceeds more than 700 ASON/GMPLS-enabled optical cross-connects rolled out worldwide.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Tata Indicom to Deploy First A-GPS Location-Based Service in India

Tata Teleservices confirmed plans to commercially deploy a new location-based service (LBS) that is the first to use Qualcomm's Assisted GPS (A-GPS) technology in the Indian market.

The service, which will use Qualcomm's QPoint solution and gpsOne chipset technology, with hosting services from TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), is expected to be available on multiple handsets from Tata's catalog by late 2008.

Conventional Cell-ID-based solutions rely solely on base stations for positioning, which can equate to less than optimal functionality in areas where cellular signals are compromised. Tata's A-GPS service leverages triangulation with cellular base stations and satellite- based GPS for. Qualcomm said this enables precise position location in both rural and urban environments, including inside buildings and structures.

Tata plans on working with the local developer community to create both consumer and enterprise LBS applications. Consumer navigation will include friend finder and social networking applications, while enterprise customers will benefit from asset and fleet tracking applications.

Tata Teleservices is using CDMA 3G 1X technology in its wireless network. Tata Teleservices along with Tata Teleservices (Maharastra) Limited, operates in more than 5,000 towns across 19 circles i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, New Delhi, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Kolkata, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. The company has a customer base of more than 25 million.http://www.qualcomm.com

Verizon FiOS TV Puts Programming on the Web

Subscribers to Verizon FiOS TV will now be able to view the programming guide on the web. The site allows customers to use any desktop or laptop computer to review their local TV schedules and information about video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view offerings. Soon, customers will also be able to use the site to program their digital video recorders (DVR), among other features.

  • A home page that offers select VOD trailers and featured titles; a listing of the night's primetime programs; regularly updated lists of the top-watched TV shows and top-purchased VOD titles; and links to each area of the site, including a help page.

  • TV listings with a local channel schedule for the next 14 days and the ability to filter by categories (day, channel or time; kids, sports or high-definition programming; or movies).

  • VOD titles and listings with information on each title and the ability to filter by categories (genre, rating, expiration date or price/free).

  • Search function that lets customers filter by TV shows, movies, VOD, celebrity or pay-per-view.

Verizon plans to add features to the site later this year that will allow customers to control their DVRs (digital video recorders) and set up and modify recordings remotely. Customers also will be able to order VOD programming and other content and manage parental controls, among other capabilities.

Russia's TransTeleCom Deploys Huawei 40G Net Linking Moscow, St. Petersburg

Russia's TransTeleCom (TTC) has deployed a 40 Gbps link between Moscow and St. Petersburg using equipment from Huawei Technology. The 1,141 km network, connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg, requires no electric regeneration. The deployment is believed to be the industry's longest 40G commercial transport network, according to Huawei.

The solution uses Huawei's patented SuperWDM technologies. Huawei said its C-band extension patent technology can help operators increase their fiber transmission bandwidth by an extra 20%. Furthermore, Huawei's 40G transport solution can be upgraded from 10G to 40G without any platform replacement.

Huawei's 40G solutions have been deployed in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. By the end of 2007, Huawei has deployed over 650,000 sets of OptiX optical network series in more than 100 countries. According to Ovum RHK, Huawei ranked No. 2 in the optical network market in the world with a market share of 14% in 2007.

ADC Introduces Multi-Protocol Radio Head for Euro Markets

ADC announced that its FlexWave URH multi-band radio head for outdoor distributed antenna system (DAS) deployments is now available for European markets. The FlexWave URH features digital RF technology an is designed to allow carriers to combine multiple bands and multiple protocols over a single digital serial stream to a single radiating point, thereby expanding coverage and capacity while gaining significant savings in operating and capital expenses (OPEX and CAPEX).

FlexWave URH currently supports 1800 MHz DCS and 2100 MHz UMTS frequencies, with 900 MHz GSM to be supported in the third quarter. ADC's new SeRF technology makes FlexWave URH the industry's only outdoor DAS solution to combine digitized RF and baseband (CPRI/OBSAI) over a single stream. FlexWave URH has tri-band remotes, which allow carriers to serve 900/1800/2100 MHz services from a single radiating point, and it can be field-upgraded to enable pay-as-you grow business models.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Emerson Unveils New MicroTCA Products

Emerson Network Power has enhanced its MicroTCA portfolio through increased software support, new and enhanced products and a wider range of operating system choices. New products include the AMC-9210, which is based on the Cavium OCTEON Plus high-performance, multi-core processor architecture.

In addition, Emerson Network Power will be adding three new storage AMCs to its family to support greater storage density and rugged applications, including:

  • AMC-S302 -- 80GB SATA Drive

  • AMC-S602 -- Dual 80GB Heavy Duty SATA Drives (doubles the slot density)

  • AMC-S502 -- 32GB Solid State SATA drive

The company's MicroTCA portfolio enhancement also includes support for the latest Linux operating systems from Wind River (Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition 2.0) and MontaVista (CGE 5.0).

Finally, the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power introduced SpiderWareM3 platform management software for remote management, monitoring and maintenance of IPMI-compatible MicroTCA platforms. The software offers the capability to recognize and manage Advanced Mezzanine cards (AMCs) from various suppliers.

Major U.S. Cable Operators Agree on 2-Way Platforms

Sony Electronics and the six largest U.S. cable operators, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision and Bright House Networks, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the fundamentals for a competitive retail market for "two-way" digital cable-ready devices. The agreement addresses how such products will be brought to market with interactive services like video-on-demand, digital video recording and interactive programming guides. In addition, the agreement makes it clear that consumers will be able to enjoy a choice of differentiated two-way products at retail and through cable operators from a variety of consumer electronics and information technology manufacturers. The agreement includes safeguards to facilitate the development of a robust, two-way retail market and to ensure that cable operators can continue to develop and offer new competitive services.

Together, the six cable operators pass over 105 million U.S. homes and serve more than 82 percent of all U.S. cable subscribers.

The companies envision an open market where consumers can purchase "two-way" digital televisions and other devices that can receive interactive digital and high-definition video services without a set-top box.

As part of the agreement, the parties will adopt: the Java-based "tru2way" solution as the national interactive "plug-and-play" standard; new streamlined technology licenses; and new ways for content providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, information technology companies and cable operators to cooperate in evolving the tru2way technology at Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs), the cable industry's research and development consortium.

Furthermore the companies expect the agreement will encourage the development and distribution of interactive and high-value digital content. Key elements of the agreement relate to the deployment of a platform for "write once, run anywhere" applications, and to the incorporation of secure digital interfaces that protect consumers' home recording rights along with copyright owners' rights to secure their digital content. Detailed terms of the MOU have not yet been released, while other potential signatories complete their review of the document.

"This is a landmark agreement which will provide a national, open and interactive platform resulting in more choices of services and products for consumers," said Kyle McSlarrow, NCTA President & CEO.

"We are pleased that this technical challenge has been addressed through a voluntary, private-sector solution," said Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro. "We look forward to working with our cable colleagues to ensure Americans across the country have access to high value cable content while using the equipment of their choosing."

Mushroom Launches Broadband Bonding Device for SMBs

Mushroom Networks, a start-up based in San Diego, introduced its "Porcini" broadband bonding network appliance for combining the bandwidth of up to four broadband Internet connections of any type including DSL, cable, T1 into a single virtual high-speed link. The Ethernet-based Porcini device, which targets small and medium-sized businesses, also features an additional USB port that enables a fifth cellular data modem connection to be added to the overall mix.

Mushroom Networks' Porcini installs between the broadband modems and the local network at the user site without requiring any configuration changes to the existing network or coordination with the ISPs. This gives users the ability to mix and match various services from multiple providers delivering built-in network redundancy. If one or more of the bonded links fails or is degraded, Porcini transparently spreads the traffic across the remaining links in real-time without any interruptions resulting in maximal network uptime.

Additionally, Porcini features a built-in VoIP quality manager that can improve voice quality by minimizing latency for voice traffic both in outbound and inbound directions. Porcini also includes an internal router and stateful firewall capability that can be enabled by the user as needed. Other Internet services such as port-forwarding, port binding, WAN interface binding, static IP, dynamic IP, PPPoE, DHCP, DMZ, UPnP, Dynamic DNS and QoS are all supported. Porcini is now shipping with a list price of $1,595.

The Porcini is a slimmed version of the Mushroom Networks' TRUFFLE broadband bonding network appliance which was introduced earlier this year; The TRUFFLE BBNA combines multiple Internet access lines, each on a 10/100baseT Ethernet interface, into a single aggregated Internet access line for HTTP downlink traffic, again on a 10/100baseT Ethernet interface. The aggregation over the Internet access lines is done even for a single download session, providing the full aggregate speed. Additionally, session based intelligent load-balancing is provided for both downlink and uplink traffic as well as inbound load-balancing. The TRUFFLE BBNA6411 supports aggregation of up to 6 Internet access lines and 1 additional cellular data card. Each Internet access line may be through a DSL modem, cable modem, T1, satellite modem, fractional DS3, DS3, fiber, cellular or any other broadband connection.

Mushroom Networks is also seeking value added resellers, IT sales representatives, and broadband service providers who would like to offer broadband bonding capabilities to their customers.
  • Mushroom Networks was founded in 2004 as a spin-off from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).

  • Mushroom Networks is headed by Dr. H. Cahit Akin (CEO and co-founder), who previously was a venture partner and then principal at ITU Ventures for 7 years, the venture capital arm of Brownstein Schnel Holdings.

Sprint, NetLogic Microsystems Join Road to 100G Alliance

Sprint Nextel and NetLogic Microsystems, a provider of knowledge-based processors, have joined
The Road to 100G Alliance as contributing members. The Road to 100G Alliance is a global community of leading hardware, software and equipment vendors, along with service providers, dedicated to accelerating the adoption and ongoing development of a new era of next generation networking platforms.

Swisscom and Verizon Business Enter Strategic Alliance

Verizon Business and Swisscom announced an alliance to provide enhanced global service and support capabilities to Swiss multinational companies and companies with operations in the Swiss market. The companies have established a preferred partnership which will deliver network and information and communications technology services and solutions to their customers.

Swisscom customers with multinational operations will gain seamless access to Verizon Business' global network and solutions; Verizon Business customers with operations in the Swiss market will likewise be able to benefit from Swisscom's extensive local market expertise, dense infrastructure and customer service organization.

Both Swisscom and Verizon Business will continue to operate as usual within the Swiss market and globally to serve their respective customers not affected by this alliance.

DSL Forum Approves New Testing Specification

The DSL Forum has approved a new specification aimed at making it easier for carriers to see deeper into the consumer's home network and quickly identify problems.

Specifically, The DSL Forum's Technical Report 143 (TR-143), "Network Service Provider initiated throughput performance testing",
defines Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) throughput performance test mechanisms using the framework established in the Forum's existing CPE WAN Management Protocol (CWMP), TR-069. By placing an agent into the home gateway router, TR-143 allows service providers to gather more extensive data, troubleshoot remotely, and test continuity, performance and response times - all of which are critical in providing quality next generation services, such as IPTV.

TR-143 was developed by the Forum's BroadbandHome Technical Working Group.

"TR-143 is key to filling the gap in the home networking industry - sophisticated remote testing and troubleshooting. Using this TR, service providers will improve the overall level of service they offer by identifying and resolving problems even before the customer is aware there is a problem," explains George Dobrowski, President and Chairman of the DSL Forum. "By managing the home network remotely and having the ability to capture more robust data, service providers will better meet the quality of experience expectations of their consumers."

Germany's Kabel BW Upgrades Cable Network with Nortel VoIP

Kabel BW, one of the largest cable operators in Germany, is delivering triple-play services and preparing to offer unified communications to businesses and residents using Nortel's VoIP solution. The upgrade features Nortel's Communication Server 2000, an IP multimedia softswitch that delivers network infrastructure services and supports a wide range of voice and multimedia features based on the open, industry-standard SIP protocol, which allows Kabel BW to also offer businesses unified communications solutions.

Kabel BW is offering residential customers an integrated package of VoIP, digital and analogue TV and high-speed Internet access - up to 32 Mbps downstream and 2.5 Mbps upstream.

OKI to Spin-Off Semiconductor Business, Sell to ROHM

Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. announced plans to spin-off its semiconductor business as a new company effective 01-October-2008.

Oki also confirmed plans to sell up to 95% of the shares in the new company to ROHM, Japan's eighth largest semiconductor firm.

The independent Oki Semiconductor Company will have approximately 6,000 employees and be based in Tokyo.


Verizon Business Offers Managed Unified Threat Management from Fortinet

Verizon Business has begun offering security monitoring and management services for Fortinet's FortiGate unified threat management (UTM ) platform. The Fortinet platform, which is immediately available in the United States, as well as many countries in Europe and Asia-Pacific, provides an additional choice for customers seeking an integrated firewall, antivirus, anti-spam, virtual private network (VPN), Web content filtering and intrusion prevention (IPS) protection appliance.

Earlier this year, Verizon Business globally launched its UTM monitoring and management service on two platforms: the Cisco ASA (Adaptive Security Appliances) and the Juniper Networks Secure Services Gateway (SSG) Family.

Ono Launches 100 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 Trial in Spain

ONO, a Spanish cable operator serving 6.9 million homes, is undertaking a DOCSIS 3.0 trial with the aim of launching services in major cities of Spain later this year. The trial is occurring in Valladolid. ONO said its DOCSIS 3.0 deployment should initially deliver Internet downlink speeds of 100 Mbps, later scaling to 200 Mbps and 400 Mbps. Other benefits are expected to include a graceful upgrade migration for the network, greater security via support for AES encryption, support for IPv6 and wider use of upstream spectrum from 42 MHz to 65 MHz.

As of the end of Q1 2008, ONO was serving 1,241,731 High Speed Internet customers. For 2007, ONO reported revenue of EUR 1.616 billion and EUR 642 million in EBITDA,

Cable & Wireless and Thus Confirm Merger Talks

Cable & Wireless noted the recent movement in the share price of Thus Group plc ("Thus") and confirmed that it has made a preliminary approach to the Board of Thus in relation to a possible offer for the company.

In a statement, THUS said it is confident in its future as an independent group, and that its Board remains focused on delivering maximum value for shareholders and will evaluate any proposal from any third party against the value that the company can deliver as an independent group.

THUS is a UK-focused business telecommunications company with a nationwide network with 10,500km of fibre optic cable with more than 190 points of presence. Its portfolio comprises four key market segments: data, voice, Internet and hosting. The company reported revenue of GBP 533 million for the year ended March 2007.
  • Scottish Power founded THUS plc in Scotland in November 1994 under the name Scottish Power Telecommunications Holdings Ltd. Scottish Power Telecommunications Holdings Ltd rebranded as THUS plc in October 1999 before floating on the London Stock Exchange in November 1999.

ECI Telecom Supplies its XDM Platform in Dominican Republic

Consorcio Energético Punta Cana--Macao (CEPM), a privately-owned energy consortium, has selected ECI Telecom's optical solution as it enters the telecommunications market in the Dominican Republic. CEPM is building a new fiber network and has chosen ECI to deliver the optical infrastructure. Specifically, CEPM is deploying ECI's XDM Multi-Service Provisioning and Transport Platform (MSPP/MSTP) solution. CEPM will provide transport capacity from the Caribbean NAP, located in the Parque Cibernético Santo Domingo, to the eastern most part of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana. ECI will supply CEPM and its customers with WDM, SONET and Ethernet capabilities to improve traffic and increase the number of available services to the surrounding and expanding resorts and airports.http://www.ecitele.com

Russia's Golden Telecom Selects ECI for Metro DWDM/ROADM

Russia's Golden Telecom, part of the VimpelCom Group, has selected ECI Telecom's XDM "All-Range" ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer) and Multi-Service Transport Platform (MSTP) to expand its network capacity in and around the city of Moscow.

Specifically, Golden Telecom will deploy ECI's DWDM solution with 10-degree WSS ROADM in major sites across the Moscow Transport Network, allowing for forecast-tolerant and easy and quick provisioning of services. ECI's LightSoft network manager will provide simplified management of all networks layers - SDH, data and the optical layer - enabling end-to-end provisioning under a single, unified management platform.

ECI said the deployment of its XDM All-Range solution will allow for reduction in OPEX (operating expenses) stemming from improved provisioning cycles, and CAPEX (capital expenditure) savings generated by the platform's capabilities for cost effective deployment of the carrier's region-wide fiber network built.

Golden Telecom is a leading facilities-based provider of integrated telecommunications and Internet services in major population centers throughout Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States ("CIS"). The VimpelCom Group includes companies operating in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Armenia. The VimpelCom Group's GSM and 3G license portfolio covers a territory with a population of about 250 million across Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Armenia.

New Zealand's Orcon Selects Juniper for Carrier Ethernet

New Zealand's Orcon has deployed Juniper Networks MX960 Ethernet Services Routers and E120 Broadband Services Routers to increase the capacity and performance of its network infrastructure. Orcon will also deploy the SRC and C-series Controllers, part of Juniper's Session and Resource Control portfolio, to enable policy based control over network resources. Orcon is offering or planning to offer--including high-speed transport and VPN services, next-generation broadband multiplay services and high-volume Internet data center internetworking. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Juniper's MX960 platform offers up to 960 Gbps of switching and routing capacity for the network core. At the network edge, Orcon will upgrade its existing E-series routers with the newer, high capacity Juniper Networks E120 Broadband Service Router. Orcon broadband customers will connect to the E120 across a variety of access technologies including wholesale DSL, ADSL2+, metro Ethernet and wireless connectivity.

Orcon is New Zealand's fourth largest telecommunications provider, providing calling and Internet services to residential and business customers.The company is owned by Kordia, one of the largest telecommunications networks in New Zealand. Kordia is a major provider of television and radio broadcast facilities.

Indonesia's PT Telkom Selects Alcatel-Lucent for Carrier Ethernet

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (PT Telkom), the incumbent fixed telephone service provider in Indonesia, has chosen Alcatel-Lucent's carrier Ethernet solution to offer advanced services to businesses across a unified IP/MPLS infrastructure. The deployment encompasses nearly 300 exchanges being deployed by Alcatel-Lucent in greater Jakarta, West Java, Kalimantan and Sumatra, making it the largest carrier Ethernet network in the country. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deployment includes the Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router, 7450 Ethernet Service Switch, 7250 Service Access Switch and 7705 Service Aggregation Router - all managed end-to-end by the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager.

Qualcomm Updates its Bluetooth Silicon

Qualcomm introduced the latest addition to its line of Bluetooth solutions for handset manufacturers. Qualcomm's new BTS4025 system-on-a-chip (SoC) -- which is now sampling -- offers full support for the latest Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) specification, as well as improved radio-frequency performance in a significantly smaller, more power-efficient package than previous Bluetooth chips. Qualcomm's BTS4025 SoC solution is optimized for interfacing with certain Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets and Qualcomm Single Chip (QSC) solutions that provide the complete Bluetooth upper layer stack and profiles, giving device manufacturing partners complete turnkey Bluetooth solutions for mobile handsets.

Qualcomm said its BTS4025 SoC's compact 3.2 x 2.9mm chip scale package is significantly smaller than any comparable solution. The solution extends battery life by reducing the stand-by current consumption by up to 50 percent when the device is scanning for other Bluetooth devices.
The first handsets using the new chips are expected to be available on the market later this year.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Canada Launches Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) Auction

The government of Canada opened its Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction. A total of 105 megahertz (MHz) of radio spectrum will be open for bidding, which includes 40 MHz of AWS spectrum for new entrants and another 65 MHz of spectrum for all bidders. The auction will unfold over many scheduled rounds. Bidding will occur electronically over the Internet using secure encryption technology. After each round of bidding is completed, the results will be made available to bidders and to the general public.

Following the close of the auction, winning bidders will be required to submit ownership and control documentation and to complete various payment transactions within 30 business days. Once these steps have been completed, Industry Canada will review the information submitted by each bidder and issue licences as appropriate.

"Our government's intentions are clear: to achieve lower prices, better service and more choice for consumers and business. We believe in relying on market forces to the maximum extent feasible because competition benefits consumers, and consumers benefit most when markets are as competitive as they can be." stated Jim Prentice, Canada's Minister of Industry.

Tennessee's DTC Deploys Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 4500

DTC Communications (formerly DeKalb Telephone Cooperative) has completed a 300-mile metro network using Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 4000 Multi-Service Provisioning Platforms (MSPPs) in five counties of middle Tennessee. The deployment replaces DTC's existing SONET equipment with a more manageable system that will allow for future services.

Specifically, DTC Communications purchased five FLASHWAVE 4500 nodes, twelve FLASHWAVE 4100 Large Shelf systems, and two FLASHWAVE 4100 Extension Shelves. The FLASHWAVE 4500 nodes are being used to form the core OC-192 ring, with the FLASHWAVE 4100 nodes used for the OC-48 and OC-12 collector rings that distribute services to their customers. The telephone cooperative purchased the NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS), which provides for the end-to-end management, provisioning, and surveillance of their Fujitsu optical networking platforms. DTC also purchased an ongoing maintenance support package.

The Madison Group, a Fujitsu reseller, provided network systems integration.

Dell'Oro: PON and Cable Access Infrastructure Equipment Sales Surge in Q1

PON Optical Line Terminals (OLTs) revenue increased over 50 percent in the first quarter of this year, driven by a surge in EPON and GPON deployments, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group. This increase occurred at the same time that Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS) revenue increased by 30 percent. The report also shows that the resumption of EPON deployments in Japan helped Mitsubishi and Sumitomo overtake Tellabs for the top two spots in the PON OLT market. Cisco's sequential revenue growth almost doubled in the first quarter, and helped extend its dominance in the CMTS market.

"Demand for PON and Cable access equipment was strong in the first quarter, a trend we expect to continue throughout 2008," said Tam Dell'Oro, President of Dell'Oro Group. "PON is being driven by new GPON deployments, especially by Verizon, as well as the resumption of EPON deployments in Japan after a pause in 2007 when operators planned for next generation networks. Cable operators are resuming purchases after a slow 2007 when most operators were planning for new DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS equipment, which is now available from most Cable access vendors," Dell'Oro added.

Motorola Releases 32 QAM channel Module for Boosting CMTS Bandwidth

Motorola announced the commercial availability of a TX32 Decoupled Downstream Module for its BSR 64000, CMTS/EDGE router. The TX32 solution requires one slot in the BSR 64000, whereas competitive alternatives require two slots to provide the same downstream density. The Motorola TX32, which supports 32 QAM channels, will increase the downstream capacity of deployed BSR 64000s by more than 500% and significantly reduce the cost per downstream QAM. The TX32 also incorporates IPv6 and Advanced Encryption Services (AES).

Motorola noted that channel bonding is driving the initial move to DOCSIS 3.0 in Europe and the TX32 enables cable operators to efficiently deliver accelerated personal media experiences, including fast Internet services, in a highly competitive broadband market.

P&TLuxembourg Deploys ADVA for Ethernet Services

P&TLuxembourg, the leading fixed and mobile telephone operator in Luxembourg, has deployed the ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 150 to offer intelligent Ethernet services to enterprise customers. P&TLuxembourg's new network is built on a foundation of IP over fiber, and uses the ADVA FSP 150 to deliver a range of intelligent Ethernet services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ADVA said its FSP 150, featuring the company's "Etherjack" technology, provides P&TLuxembourg with intelligent demarcation, stringent monitoring of data from the network core to the customer premise, verification of strict Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and remote Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM).

Nokia Siemens Networks Launches Channel Partner Program

Nokia Siemens Networks is launching a Channel Partner Program to complement its direct sales force. The company said it will use channel partners to extend its reach into new customers and markets.

One of the first partners in the Channel Partner Program is CommTel Network Solutions, a specialist Australian company providing design, engineering and integration services for advanced telecommunications systems.

"Today the ability to develop market segment specific solutions that truly respond to customers' business challenges depends heavily on collaboration with partners who are experts in these segments. This is why we have decided to set up a network of partners to complement our direct sales force," commented Peter Kühne, Head of Indirect Channel, Nokia Siemens Networks.

T-Mobile Netherlands Selects Ericsson for Network Management

T-Mobile Netherlands has signed a four-year strategic-partnership contract under which Ericsson will continue to manage end-to-end network operations for the former Orange network. The agreement follows T-Mobile's acquisition of Orange in the Netherlands. Ericsson will also take on responsibility for streamlining T-Mobile Netherlands' overall network infrastructure by dismantling the former Orange mobile networks.

Ericsson will step up the expansion of T-Mobile Netherlands' WCDMA network, including the building and acquisition of more than 900 new sites by 2010. Ericsson will also deliver more than 2000 MINI-LINK microwave transmission units to help boost capacity and to enable the efficient handling of packet data in T-Mobile's transmission network.

Deutsche Telekom Accused of Illegal Call Monitoring

Deutsche Telekom is facing a criminal investigation accused of illegally monitoring calls of certain employees and journalists in a scheme aimed at stopping press leaks. The so-called "Clipper" and "Rheingold" surveillance programs allegedly tracked several hundred thousand landline and mobile calls over a period of several years.

In a statement, Deutsche Telekom said the allegations made against the company involve call detail records and "do not relate to any unlawful use of the content of calls -- in other words they do not concern the tapping of calls." Nevertheless, Deutsche Telekom's CEO, René Obermann, said he is cooperating with the public prosecutor's office to enable a rapid criminal investigation of the situation.

Occam Networks Supplies Remote Terminal Cabinets for Horry Telephone

Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC), the largest U.S. telephone cooperative and the 25th largest incumbent local exchange carrier in the country, has purchased Occam Networks' latest Outside Plant (OSP) turnkey solution featuring the 4033 Remote Terminal Cabinet (RTC) equipment enclosure. This purchase is part of an upgrade to expand and increase DSL services throughout Horry County.

HTC is shortening copper loop lengths and pushing fiber closer to customer premises in preparation of offering new, advanced broadband services. Occam said its RTC 4033 OSP solution will increase the capacity of existing OSP service areas. In addition, Occam's Broadband Loop Carrier (BLC) 6000 platform will be used as direct replacements for competitive DSLAM equipment.http://www.occamnetworks.com

Bahamas Telecom Selects Calix for Next-Gen Access Network

Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has selected the Calix to replace its existing access infrastructure to enable higher-speed, more widely available broadband and advanced new information, communication, and entertainment services throughout the islands. BTC will primarily use the Calix C7 multiservice access platform (MSAP). In addition to POTS, DS1, DS3, and SONET services, the C7 easily supports Gigabit Ethernet, advanced DSL, and 2.5 Gbps GPON-based FTTP. Complementing the Calix C7 in targeted fiber deployments will be Calix 700G optical network terminals (ONTs), and the Calix Management System (CMS), which provides a unified network view across all Calix infrastructure. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Calix solution will be provided through a resale and integration agreement with Sonus Networks . BTC is focusing initially on pushing fiber deeper into the access network, making multi-megabit DSL services universally available, and enabling H.248 VoIP on all subscriber lines. The Calix platforms will also allow BTC to begin selective deployment of higher-speed GPON-based FTTP as well as new services such as IPTV.

Veraz Offers Roadmap for Multimedia Generation Networks

Veraz Networks outlined key elements of its Multimedia Generation Network (MGN) architecture for helping service providers to rapidly deploy customized multimedia services while preserving and extending the capabilities of legacy application suites.

Veraz's MGN architecture, which builds on the company's existing product set and the IMS framework, aims to open up the telecom service creation environment to partners and third-party developers. The network would be client-aware and seamlessly support multiple access network technologies to ensure consistency of service as well as service mobility. The company said that by eliminating the silo approach to service creation and delivery and replacing it with a unified service delivery and management platform, operators can quickly introduce new revenue generating services and lower the cost to deliver their existing services.

Veraz's MGN architecture consists of three layers: Media, Control and Service Delivery, tied together by a unifying management layer.

  • The Media Layer of the MGN, where the Veraz I-Gate family of media gateways and the Network-adaptive Border Controller (Border Gateway Functionality) reside, provides media security, QoS, transcoding and bandwidth optimization.

  • The Control Layer of the MGN, which includes the Veraz ControlSwitch and Network-adaptive Border Controller (Integrated Border Controller Functionality), provides optimized, secure connectivity for any mix of TDM and IP services. The distributed architecture of the Veraz ControlSwitch enables unified control over a distributed architecture, for maximum flexibility in deployment and contained operational costs.

  • The Service Delivery Layer of the MGN includes Veraz's Open Service Broker and Policy Engine, and supports both Veraz-developed and third-party applications, thereby enabling any application to be customized and delivered across any access network with faster rollout and decreased management complexity. An XML driven engine delivers service differentiation.

In addition, Veraz also offers a soft client, verazVirtu that can be customized for the service provider. The verazVirtu soft client offers a tightly integrated and optimized end-user experience across a service provider's multimedia application portfolio.

TELUS Selects Alcatel-Lucent's ReachView

TELUS has selected ReachView Technologies, an Alcatel-Lucent company, to deploy IBM Tivoli Netcool software into its network. The project enables TELUS to further consolidate its service assurance architecture to better manage the customer experience. The enhanced capabilities directed to customer service management across national service offerings including data, IP, and voice, ultimately contribute to more rapid deployment of product offerings with greater reliability.

Alcatel-Lucent's service assurance solution includes IBM Tivoli Netcool software, which monitors the reliability of service delivery to customers, tracking such key areas as network compatibility, proactively identifying and fixing problems before they happen, and allocating additional resources to meet sudden spikes in demand.

Alcatel-Lucent said that with this deployment, TELUS becomes its 100th customer for the Netcool software.

Ceragon Supplies Wireless Backhaul Into Indochina

Ceragon Networks announced that it has received orders for its advanced FibeAir solutions to be deployed by a leading mobile operator in one of Indochina's emerging markets. The contract was valued at $3.5 million in revenue. Ceragon said the recent equipment orders signify its continuing expansion into new markets and its growing footprint in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ceragon FibeAir solutions for TDM networks feature upgradeable capacities ranging from 45 to 622 Mbps.

Arun Sarin Steps Down as CEO of Vodafone

Arun Sarin will step down as CEO of Vodafone on 29th July 2008. He will be succeeded by Deputy Chief Executive Vittorio Colao.

Arun Sarin became Chief Executive in July 2003 and has overseen significant growth of the company in terms of revenue, subscribers and expansion into new markets internationally. During his time as CEO, Vodafone has grown its proportionate customer base from 120 million to more than 260 million globally. Most recently, Vodafone has expanded into Romania, Czech Republic, Turkey, and India where Arun Sarin led the acquisition of Hutchison Essar, which is the largest foreign investment made in the country.

Vodafone Group Plc also announced today that Non Executive Directors Michael Boskin and Jürgen Schrempp will not be seeking re-election at the company's upcoming AGM in late July. Michael Boskin joined the Vodafone Board in 1999 on Vodafone's merger with AirTouch Communications Inc, having served for a number of years previously on the AirTouch Board. Jürgen Schrempp became a Director of Vodafone in 2000 when Vodafone completed its acquisition of Mannesmann, having been a member of Mannesmann's Supervisory Board before then.

Verizon to Offer Starz via FiOS Broadband

Verizon and Starz Entertainment announced a multiyear agreement to provide Starz movies to Verizon's broadband subscribers and the full array of Starz products to Verizon's FiOS TV and FiOS Internet and DSL customers.

Verizon's broadband customers can access the service anywhere in the United States to watch live Starz programming and to download and view movies and videos an unlimited number of times at no additional charge. The movies include blockbusters such as "Ratatouille," "Spider-ManTM3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."

The two companies also announced an extension and expansion of their current FiOS TV affiliation agreement, which was signed in April 2005. The new agreement secures delivery of all 16 Starz, Encore and MoviePlex premium commercial-free movie channels, the company's HD channels, and the associated Starz Entertainment subscription VOD offerings: Starz On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore On Demand and Encore HD On Demand.

Zeugma Develops Next Gen Broadband Service Delivery Router

Zeugma, a start-up based in Vancouver, Canada, unveiled its Zeugma Services Node (ZSN), a broadband edge aggregation device designed to help broadband operators identify, monitor, manage and customize service flows traversing their networks. Zeugma integrates routing, subscriber, and service management in a single platform powered by high-performance, multi-core packet processors. The system leverages a customized compute grid architecture and up to 520,000 DMIPS compute capacity to identify and monitor session flows on a highly granular per-subscriber, per-service basis.

According to Zeugma, a key part of the challenge in next gen broadband aggregation is finding ways to monetize the media-rich traffic being carried over the network, in particular, over-the-top (OTT) content from the likes of iTunes, Netflix, Hollywood studios, content delivery networks or other media outlets. To accomplish this, Zeugma is introducing an Open Application Sandbox (OAS) with APIs that give applications running on its platform the ability to continuously and dynamically modify the behavior of underlying deep packet inspection (DPI) functions and the dynamic bandwidth manager. This allows, for example, finely-targeted ad insertion, QOS-enhanced over the top (OTT) video, content and URL filtering, enhanced VOIP, active quality of experience (QOE) monitoring, and many other applications.

Zeugma's OAS not only provides APIs for system control functions but also provides a secure execution environment that isolates applications from external threats, from each other, and from critical system resources. Applications can be added, placed on-line, and taken off-line with impacting other applications or the ZSN itself. Zeugma provides a number of applications that can be run within the Zeugma OAS, including application (e.g., VOIP, VOD) driven QOS (ADQ), application-driven bandwidth (ADB), active VOIP and video quality of experience (QOE) monitoring, URL filtering, and others.

Zeugma is introducing two models of its service delivery router. A 14-slot version can be configured with up to thirteen Compute Blades (CBs) while a 6-slot model can accommodate up to five CBs. Each CB provides up to 40,000 DMIPS (Dhrystone millions of instructions per second) of processing capacity, yielding a system that scales to the cited 520,000 DMIPS figure. The ZSN dynamically load balances applications across all available CBs. CBs can be added or removed without impacting system performance and the compute grid will automatically expand and contract to optimize available resources.

For high-speed broadband aggregation, traffic forwarding, and deep packet inspection, Traffic Blades (TBs) are provided with either 10 x 1GE ports or 6 x 10GE ports. This provides up to 720 Gbps of unidirectional interface capacity on the larger chassis and 240 Gbps on the compact model.

Zeugma said it currently has active trials underway with a number of tier-one operators, including BT.
  • Zeugma Systems is led by Andrew Harries, co-founder, President and CEO and who previously co-founded Sierra Wireless Inc.; Siegfried Luft, founder, CTO and formerly a senior development executive at Redback Networks; Jeff Dillabough, VP Engineering, formerly at PMC-Sierra; Tom Meehan, VP product management, previously at Redback Networks; Wayne Shackelford, SVP Worldwide Sales, who formerly led sales at several startups and at Newbridge Networks USA; and Kevin Walsh, VP of Marketing, who previously was VP of Corporate Marketing at Calix.

  • In December 2007, Zeugma announced completion of its US$22.5 million Series B financing. The financing was led by new investor Vertex Venture Capital. The syndicate members include returning investors Granite Ventures, Ventures West, Yaletown Venture Partners, GrowthWorks Capital Ltd. and BDC Venture Capital, as well as new investors GTD Capital and BC Advantage Funds.

  • Zeugma currently has 100+ employees, with some of its development work carried out in India.

  • The name Zeugma refers to an ancient city located in the Gaziantep Province of Turkey that was named for the bridge of boats, or zeugma, which crossed the Euphrates there. During the Roman Empire, the city held strategic importance due to its location on the Silk Road.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Czech's Sloane Park Deploys Cisco for Optical Transport

Sloane Park Property Trust, which provides wholesale telecommunications and data transit services using a fiber network installed along oil pipelines and Czech railways routes across the Czech Republic, has selected Cisco for its optical transport network. The next-generation transport network (NGTN) based on Cisco's routing and optical networking technologies spans some 1,500 km. The network is equipped with Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform and ONS 15216 products. Cisco 7600 Series Routers provide Gigabit Ethernet aggregation on a metro-network level to support "triple play" service delivery. The backbone upgrade replaces a synchronous digital hierarchy core and supports traffic rates of 10 Gbps. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Reliance Globalcom to Acquire VANCO, a Virtual Network Operator

Reliance Globalcom Ltd, a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, has agreed to acquire UK-based Global Managed Network Services. Media sources valued the deal at around GBP 39 million.

Vanco is a Virtual Network Operator (VNO) based in the UK. The company leases telecom infrastructure and capacity from other carriers to deliver its managed network services. Vanco's services include the design, integration, implementation, security and management of global corporate networks. Vanco's customers, who rely on Vanco through long-term service agreements for the successful functioning of their business critical network communications, include Accor, Avis Europe, British Airways, Bureau Veritas, Ford Motor Company, IBM/Lloyds TSB and Pilkington. Vanco currently has over 200 enterprise customers.

Reliance Globalcom, a division of Reliance Communications, spearheads the Global Telecom operations of India's largest Integrated Telecom Service Provider. Reliance Globalcom brings together the synergies of Reliance Communications Global Business encompassing Enterprise Services, Capacity Sales, Managed Services and a bouquet of Retail products & services comprising of Global Voice, Internet Solutions and Value Added Services. The company said its customer list includes over 1000 enterprises, 200 carriers and 1.5 million retail customers in 50 countries across 5 continents.http://www.relianceglobalcom.com

Infineon's CEO Announces Resignation

Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart announced his resignation as president and CEO of Infineon Technologies AG. He has held the positions for the past four years. During his term of office, Ziebart strategically re-positioned the company and amongst others carved-out the memory business to form a separate legal entity, Qimonda, which was listed at the NYSE in August 2006.

Intelsat Names Kay Sears to Head Intelsat General

Intelsat named Kay Sears has as President of the company's subsidiary, Intelsat General, which provides commercial satellite capacity for civil and defense-related government applications. Sears will replace departing Intelsat General President & CEO William Shernit, who is retiring. Most recently, Ms. Sears served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development of Intelsat General.

Ericsson Awarded Maintenance Contract for Telefónica Brasil

Ericsson announced a three-year contract to supervise and provide preventive and corrective maintenance services for Telefónica's fiber network in São Paulo state, beginning in April 2008. Ericsson said the new agreement will allow Telefónica to reduce costs and streamline network management and operations. It will enable shorter time to market for new services while ensuring customers that these are first rate.

Ericsson noted that it has won more than 100 managed services contracts with operators worldwide since 2002, and that it now supports networks that handle more than one billion subscribers worldwide.

China's MII Spurs Industry Restructuring, 3 Majors to Compete

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Ministry of Finance have given the go ahead for a significant restructuring of the nation's telecom industry. Specifically, MII is encouraging China Telecom to buy China Unicom's CDMA network. China Unicom's GSM division is to merge with China Netcom. In addition, China Telecom is to acquire the basic telecom services unit of China Satcom and China Mobile Communications Corp. (CMCC) is to to acquire China Tietong Telecommunications Corp.

China Telecom, China Netcom, and China Tietong are fixed line providers, while China Satcom offers services including satellite, mobile communications and Internet services.

MII said the restructuring would create three nationwide service providers with both fixed and mobile assets. 3G licenses will be granted to each of the companies.

Optical Internetworking Forum to Address 100G Long-haul DWDM

The Optical Internetworking Forum's Physical and Link Layer Working Group (PLL WG) designated a new work project to address 100G long-haul DWDM. The project will result in a DWDM transmission implementation agreement (IA) focused on a specific modulation format and receiver approach. It will seek to reach agreement on a Forward Error Correction (FEC) algorithm suitable for the long-haul 100G application. This implementation agreement will complement and build upon the work already underway defining 100 G Ethernet in the IEEE, and the new 100 G level of the Optical Transport Hierarchy (OTH) in the ITU-T.

The OIF said its goal is to foster the development of an ecosystem where service providers, data and optical networking equipment vendors, optical module and subsystem vendors, and underlying component providers will work together to accelerate the availability of high performance, cost-effective long distance transmission solutions for 100G.

"With network element vendors already in development for 100G, we will select an implementation approach supported by a critical mass within the industry," said David Stauffer, of IBM and the OIF's PLL WG chair. "We see an immediate need to focus on a solution for long-distance DWDM."

Additionally, while at the Forum's quarterly meeting this month, members of the PLL WG adopted baseline requirements for an electrical specification for 25 Gbps backplane (long reach) interfaces. This follows the prior adoption by the WG of baseline requirements for an electrical specification for 28 Gbps chip-to-chip and chip-to-module (short reach) interfaces. These electrical specifications will be added as additional clauses in the next generation of the Common Electrical I/O (CEI) implementation agreement.

Zayo Bandwidth Selects Infinera for Northeastern Network

Zayo Bandwidth, a provider of fiber-based bandwidth in 17 states, has selected Infinera for its regional network in the Northeastern U.S. Specifically, Zayo has deployed Infinera DTN system in the busy northeastern corridor from New York to Washington, DC as well as interconnecting Chicago to the east coast. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Zayo has deployed Infinera in the busy northeastern corridor from New York to Washington, DC as well as interconnecting Chicago to the east coast to serve the increasing bandwidth requirements of its customers. Zayo chose Infinera because the Infinera Digital ROADM offers high capacity and integrated, reconfigurable switching, enabling Zayo to provision or reconfigure bandwidth quickly and cost-effectively.

Infinera said Zayo chose its Digital ROADM offers high capacity and integrated, reconfigurable switching, enabling Zayo to provision or reconfigure bandwidth quickly and cost-effectively.

Zayo offers a wide range of telecom services including private line, Ethernet, wavelength, Internet and colocation services to customers in the telecom, enterprise and government sectors and other bandwidth-intensive organizations.

The Infinera DTN is a Digital ROADM for long-haul and metro core networks, combining high-capacity DWDM transport, integrated digital bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence in a single platform. The Infinera DTN system is based on Infinera's large-scale photonic integrated circuits (PICs), which integrate more than 60 optical devices on a pair of chips, to enable an optical system with 100 Gbps of capacity on every line card.
  • Zayo has raised more than $340 million in private equity and debt financing to support an aggressive plan to provide telecom services in selected regional markets

Broadweave to Fix or Replace FTTH Gateways on iProvo Network

Broadweave Networks, which two weeks ago announced plans to purchase the iProvo FTTH network from the City of Provo, Utah, disclosed that it will need to replace the home gateways used on the network. During the process of its due diligence on the network, Broadweave said it discovered problems with the fiber-to-the-home portals which are located at each customer's home. The problem with the gateways has proven to be the cause of telephone service failures on the fiber-optic network--a problem that Broadweave vowed to fix immediately upon closing the purchase of the network.

While Broadweave intends to replace the home portals as a first item of business as the network's new owner, Broadweave said it will also give the manufacturer a period of time to fix the problems. The gateways do not natively support SIP. Broadweave relies heavily on SIP for delivering telephone service over its other FTTH networks. The company said it has given the manufacturer 90 days after the acquisition closes to fix the problem in firmware or it will begin replacing the devices.

The iProvo network currently passes 36,000 homes with approximately 10,500 homes connected.
  • Earlier this month, the City of Provo, Utah confirmed plans to sell its iProvo network to Broadweave Networks, a local fiber-optic services provider, for $40.6 million. Under the terms of the deal, which is subject to municipal council approval, the city retains a license to use the network to connect city buildings, schools, and power infrastructure. Broadweave will operate as both the network owner and the service provider. The City said the sale price is enough to retire the outstanding bonds incurred to build the network. iProvo is believed to be the largest municipally owned fiber-to-the-premises network in the U.S., passing all 36,000 residences and businesses within the city.

Ericsson Strengthens its Managed Services Offering

Ericsson is strengthening its Managed Services and Systems Integration practice, which ranges from designing, building, operating and managing day-to-day operations of a customer's network, including end-user services and business support systems, to hosting service applications and content, as well as providing network coverage and capacity on demand.

Ericsson said it is now strengthening its efforts to address the increasingly interdependent and complex crossroads of telecom and IT, leveraging its telecom expertise. The Systems Integration and Managed Services IT offering means that Ericsson can design, integrate and manage the IT parts of the telecom operator environments - covering the service layer, business support systems and operations support systems, including services such as billing, messaging and content delivery.

Fredrik Strand, Vice President and General Manager Service Delivery and Operations, Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson, says: "The operator environment is becoming more and more IT-oriented as the number of end-user services and applications grow. As a systems integration and managed services partner, Ericsson supports telecom operators in this environment in creating, deploying and managing networks and services with a holistic approach, ultimately benefiting the operators' customers through increased quality of service."

The announcement comes with the first anniversary of Ericsson's Global Services Delivery Center in Bucharest, Romania, which acts as a global competence center for managing IT environments on behalf of operators. Ericsson's services organization employs about 29,500 professionals worldwide, all working with the same global process, methods and tools. About 7,500 of these employees work across 21 Global Services Delivery Centers, ensuring business readiness in serving Ericsson's customers around the world.

Enhancements to Nokia Maps include Pedestrian Navigation, Satellite Images

Nokia announced a number of enhancements to its Maps application. A partial list of the updated features in Nokia Maps 2.0 includes:

  • Faster routing in Car Navigation mode along with a new navigation carousel with pre-defined navigation views - i.e. navigation, arrow, bird-eye.

  • Optional pedestrian navigation walks you from A to B with visual guidance. It helps you to locate yourself by giving information about the surrounding buildings, streets and parks and, if the device supports it, notifies the direction you are walking.

  • Public transportation information (station entrances) data in 17 cities with localized icons for stops.

  • Multi-sensor positioning using A-GPS, and pedestrian orientation using the compass feature (Nokia 6210 Navigator needed for built-in compass usage)

  • Satellite images with hybrid rendering overlays for selected cities worldwide provide real aerial views on your mobile.

  • "One-box search" allows you to search through places, addresses, restaurants, nightlife, outdoor, accommodation.

  • New premium multi-media city guides including features photos, video, audio streams.

Orange and Nokia Partner on Mobile Services

Orange and Nokia announced a three year partnership under which ten new Nokia handsets will be offered as part of the Orange Signature range. The companies will also launch a suite of integrated multimedia services on the new Nokia handset. The new services will launch in H208 across nine major markets.

As part of the strategic partnership, customers will have direct access to the Orange Music Store, both Orange and NGage games, as well as Nokia Maps. Under the Orange Signature programme, all services will be integrated into the familiar Orange user interface, providing one click access to information and entertainment.

"This collaboration underlines Orange's drive to create strategic partnerships that will give customers the best possible mobile multimedia experience in the simplest way," said Olaf Swantee, EVP of Orange's Personal Communications Services. "Combined with our leadership in mobile multimedia innovation and relationships with leading content providers, Orange believes that Nokia's devices and Ovi platform will make a powerful environment for the provision of a joint range of services," added Georges Penalver, EVP of Orange's Group Strategic Marketing.

"We are pleased to create this strategic partnership with Orange and believe that the combination of Signature and Ovi services will extend and enrich consumer choice," said Kai Öistämö, EVP, Devices, Nokia. "We also expect our close collaboration to extend beyond the initial focus areas of music, games, maps and advertising to include other services over time."

Quebec Court of Appeal Stops BCE's Privatization

The Quebec Court of Appeal has blocked BCE's proposed privatization plan. Earlier in the week, it was reported that several of the key involved in the transaction were seeking to change interest rates and other key terms of deal due to the ongoing credit crunch.

BCE said it is now seeking direction from the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • In June 2007, BCE, the parent company of Bell Canada, agreed to be acquired by an investor group led by Teachers Private Capital, the private investment arm of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Providence Equity Partners Inc. and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC. The all-cash transaction was valued at C$51.7 billion (US$48.5 billion) at the time, including C$16.9 billion (US$15.9 billion) of debt, preferred equity and minority interests. The BCE Board of Directors unanimously recommended that shareholders vote to accept the offer. The equity ownership of BCE would be as follows: Teachers Private Capital 52%, Providence 32%, Madison Dearborn 9% and other Canadian investors 7%.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Indosat Selects NSN for 3G Service Delivery Platform

Indosat, one of the leading service providers in Indonesia,

has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to implement a 3G Service Delivery Platform (SDP) in its network. Based on Nokia Siemens Networks' Service Delivery Framework ecosystem, the solution comprises content management, a video gateway, a video portal, video streaming, messaging gateway platform, charging and partner management as well as best-of-breed products from selected partners for a comprehensive solution to meet Indosat's customers' needs. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will ensure the systems integration of the platform into Indosat's network and provide maintenance and competence development and training services to the customer.

Indosat will use the platform to bring to market different types of rich content from their content partners to its customers. The full platform also has the capability to enable Indosat to migrate their existing 2G content providers, creating a dynamic 2G and 3G service delivery platform for their subscribers.

Romtelecom Deploys Cisco CRS-1

Romtelecom, the incumbent carrier in Romania, has implemented a new Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN), based on the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System. With support from Cisco's Advanced Services department, Romtelecom is proactively preparing for an increase in broadband demand and business users' requirements for new, highly secure services, such as high-availability virtual private networks (VPNs). Financial terms were not disclosed.

India's Spice Telecom Deploys Veraz Controlswitch

Spice Telecom, a mobile operator in India, has deployed the Veraz ControlSwitch and I-Gate 4000 media gateways for a national and international MPLS-based long distance network. Spice Telecom currently offers mobile services in the states of Punjab and Karnataka. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Veraz's platform provides Spice with a flexible IP-based solution that helps protect and improve voice profitability via efficient network operations and a twelve fold increase in voice capacity. A single ControlSwitch is spanning sixteen sites throughout northern India, with SS7 signaling and EMS module redundancy in two sites for full disaster recovery.

Wipro Infotech deployed the turn key solution for Spice Telecom on the Veraz platform, along with interconnect billing and Lawful Interception. A comprehensive 24 x 7 NOC is setup for complete life cycle support for Spice, providing tools like network performance dashboard, network monitoring capabilities, and reports.http://www.veraznet.com
  • Telecom Malaysia is a 39% stakeholder in Spice Telecom.

NEC Electronics Introduces H.264 Chips for STBs

NEC Electronics introduced two new image-processing chipsets based on its enhanced multimedia architecture (EMMA) platform and optimized for set-top boxes (STBs) and digital TVs (DTVs) supporting the H.264 video compression standard. The EMMA3SL/SD system-on-chip (SoC) supports standard-definition video broadcasts, while the EMMA3SL/HD SoC supports high-definition broadcasts. The devices are the latest additions to NEC Electronics' family of H.264-compliant EMMA3 SoCs, which have achieved market success since 2006 in blue laser DVD players and high-definition TV (HDTV) products.

In addition to having an H.264-compliant video decoder, the devices combine all of the key functions needed to receive and decode digital broadcasts, including built-in digital signal processors (DSPs) that enable systems using Dolby Digital Plus or high-efficiency advanced audio coding (HE-AAC) to play back high-quality audio streams even at low transfer rates.

Barracuda Spam Firewall Scales to 100,000 Concurrent Email Users

Barracuda Networks introduced a high-performance spam firewall appliance designed for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and other large organizations with up to 100,000 concurrent email users and 5,000 domains.

The Barracuda Spam Firewall 1000 is priced at $89,999 with no per user licensing fees. It comes in a 2U full-size form factor and includes 200 GB message log storage and 750GB storage capacity for quarantined messages. Advanced capabilities include redundant hot swap power supplies, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports. Multiple Barracuda Spam Firewall 1000 models can be clustered for both scalability and redundancy.

Mocana Raises $7 million for Networked Device Security

Mocana, a start-up based in San Francisco, closed $7 million in venture funding for its security software protection for networked devices.

Mocana is focused on the security threat represented by non-PC "things" connecting to the network, like PDAs, routers, DVRs, printers, iPods, and even cars or digital picture frames. Each one of these new devices represents a "soft target" for hackers and an easy way in to the rest of the network. This is because third- and fourth-generation attack techniques are being unleashed upon millions of non-PC devices armed with first-generation security, at best.

Mocana offers a Device Security Framework (DSF) that secures communications to and from any device connected to the network, as well as the data and applications residing on those devices. This latest round of financing will be used to enhance and expand the 20 security components that currently make up Mocana's DSF so that manufacturers and service providers can ensure that security is inherent in the device, to protect against existing and emerging threats.

The new funding was led by Southern Cross Venture Partners. Mocana's only previous institutional investor, Shasta Ventures also provided investment for this round, increasing their ownership position in the company and bringing Mocana's total capital backing to $12.1M.

Sandvine Offers Application Agnostic "Fair Share" Traffic Management

Sandvine introduced new "FairShare" capabilities to help broadband service operators ensure fair usage in the shared access network .

Sandvine's "FairShare" works with the company's suite of Traffic Optimization solutions using an application-agnostic approach. FairShare automatically responds to the changing network environment and subscriber usage patterns in real-time. It collects subscriber usage metrics from various sources and analyzes the data according to configurable parameters. Based on the results, FairShare dynamically modifies policies to balance available bandwidth and resources among subscribers.

"Sandvine FairShare incorporates more decision factors and more policy options that enable broadband providers to ensure fair allocation of network resources and optimize network efficiency," said Don Bowman, Sandvine Chief Technology Officer. "FairShare's approach is unique because it can implement both application-aware and application-agnostic network management strategies. FairShare takes into account the three key dimensions of traffic - speed, latency and jitter -- to ensure the reliable delivery of the broadest range of applications with the highest level of overall subscriber satisfaction, especially during periods of heavy usage."

China Telecom Gains 650K Broadband Users, Loses 880K Fixed Lines in April

China Telecom was serving 38.36 million broadband lines as of 30-April-2008, an increase of 650,000 over the preceding month. However, the carrier continues to lose fixed access lines at an even faster pace that the broadband gain, down by 880,000 for the month.

Intelsat's Galaxy 18 Successfully Launched

Intelsat's Galaxy 18 satellite was successfully placed into orbit by a Zenit-3SL rocket that lifted off Sea Launch's Odyssey platform in the Pacific Ocean.

The satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, will operate from 123 degrees west and serve programmers, government and corporate broadband customers in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. It carries 24 C- and 24 Ku-band transponders allowing for increased power and flexibility for video and data transmissions. This is Intelsat's first satellite launch of 2008.

Galaxy 18 will join Intelsat's Galaxy fleet which is comprised of 16 other satellites that cover North America, Central America and the Caribbean.