Wednesday, January 16, 2008

California Broadband Task Force Seeks Action

California must construct next-generation broadband infrastructure in order to position itself as a global economic leader in a knowledge-based economy, according to a newly issued report from The California Broadband Task Force (CBTF), which was commissioned by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in November 2006 to recommend means to remove barriers to broadband access, identify opportunities for increased broadband adoption, and enable the creation and deployment of new advanced communication technologies."

The Task Force determined that California is better positioned than most states on broadband availability and adoption,
yet the state lags behind key foreign competitors. For instance, the average advertised download speed available
in Japan is almost 95 Mbps, while the average in the United States is just under 9 Mbps. In California, available broadband speeds differ considerably be region. Ninety-five percent of Los Angeles and Orange County residents can subscribe to speeds of 10 Mbps or higher, while only 6 percent of Bay Area households are able to do so.

Other findings include:

  • 96% of California residences have access to broadband.

  • 1.4 million mostly rural Californians lack broadband access at any speed.

  • Barely more than half of Californians have adopted broadband at home.

  • Only half of Californians have access to broadband at speeds greater than 10 Mbps, (including both upstream and downstream speeds).

  • Broadband infrastructure is deployed unevenly throughout the state, from state-of--the-art to nonexistent.

The CBTF recommends seven key actions:

1. Build out high speed broadband infrastructure to all Californians -- advancing new incentives for deployment and improving existing programs will create a world-class broadband infrastructure in California.

2. Develop model permitting standards and encourage collaboration among providers -- developing a public-private partnership between local governments and broadband providers to endorse permitting standards will improve the speed with which broadband is deployed.

3. Increase the use and adoption of broadband and computer technology -- expanding the opportunities for Californians to access, use, and learn broadband, at home and in the community, will provide the foundation for a digitally literate society that is able to fully benefit from broadband technology.

4. Engage and reward broadband innovation and research -- promoting innovative uses of broadband technology and encouraging wider e-government use will result in quality-of-life improvements, while increasing demand for a robust broadband infrastructure.

5. Create a statewide e-health network -- implementing a sustainable statewide e-health network will improve quality of care across the state and simultaneously increase demand for broadband services.

6. Leverage educational opportunities to increase broadband use -- ensuring high-capacity broadband connections coupled with a robust technology support system, relevant curriculum, literacy standards, and off-campus educational partnerships will provide California's students with the skills they need to compete in a 21st century economy.

7. Continue state-level and statewide leadership -- continuing the California Broadband Initiative and supporting the creation of Community Broadband Leadership Councils will strengthen the statewide leadership necessary to drive broadband access and adoption across

The 84-page report is posted online.

Alcatel-Lucent names Andy Williams to Head Services Business

Alcatel-Lucent named Andy Williams to become President of the company's Services Business, replacing John Meyer who is leaving the company to become the CEO and President of Acxiom Corporation. Andy Williams currently heads the Network Operations business globally for Alcatel-Lucent's Services group. Previously, he headed the former Lucent Technologies European business. He joined the company in 2005 from IBM, where he worked for 25 years and held a number of senior leadership positions.

FairPoint Selects Occam for Network Upgrade in New England

FairPoint Communications has selected Occam Networks as the lead access equipment provider for a major broadband upgrade of its network in northern New England once the proposed acquisition of Verizon's wireline business in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine is closed. The first phase of the upgrade will include building 10Gig redundant Ethernet rings to over 200 Central Offices throughout the three-state region. Phase two will add over 50,000 DSL lines to rural areas that previously did not have broadband service. A key equipment supplier of Occam's is Laconia, New Hampshire-based Wilcom, which has been manufacturing telephone line test equipment and transmission products in New England since 1967. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.occamnetworks.com

The Cloud Acquires Germany's GlobalAirNet

The Cloud has acquired GlobalAirNet AG (Ganag), which provides Wi-Fi services to four and five star hotels in Germany. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ganag, based in Munich Germany, has over 5,300 Wi-Fi access points located in over 300 hotels, including Marriott, Swiss Hotel and Crowne Plaza, with further expansion contracted in the hotel sector.

The Cloud is Europe's leading independent mobile wireless broadband service provider with over 12,000 network locations and over 20,000 access points in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and The Netherlands.

NEC and Sumitomo to Supply Microwave Communication Systems to Italy's Wind

Italian mobile phone operator Wind

has selected NEC and Sumitomo for the supply of advanced point-to-point wireless access systems based on the PASOLINK NEO platform. Italy has a prime mobile phone market, boasting a total of 80.3 million mobile customers, with market penetration of 136%. Wind serves more than 15 million mobile customers and holds more than 18% market share. NEC said one of the advantageous features of its PASOLINK NEO, as compared with other wireless access systems, is its ability to handle different transmission speeds and interfaces with the same platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Canada's MTS Allstream Selects Alcatel-Lucent for IPTV

MTS Allstream, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. selected Alcatel-Lucent for its upcoming IPTV deployment. The service will be based on Alcatel-Lucent's Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA) and Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV and multimedia platform. MTS Allstream currently has the largest installed base of telco digital TV subscribers in Canada and was one of the first providers in the world to launch this type of service. This next-generation deployment will support an increased subscriber base and will allow MTS Allstream to launch into new markets.

Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its TPSDA architecture and will be the end-to-end network integrator. The solution includes an IP/MPLS network based on the 7750 Service Router (SR) and a broadband access network based on the 7330 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the- Node (ISAM FTTN). Also included is the Alcatel-Lucent 5750 Subscriber Services Controller, a flexible, modular and pre-integrated subscriber and policy management, the 5620 Service Aware Manager, a single management platform offering element, network and service management and the 5526 Access Management System for element management.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Alcatel-Lucent Notes Milestone: 50 Customers for Its Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA)

Alcatel-Lucent noted a company milestone: 50 service providers worldwide have now selected or deployed its Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA). MTS Allstream, a leading Canadian service provider, is the latest to select the architecture following wins with Portugal Telecom, Vodafone Portugal, Kenya Data Network (KDN), Denmark's NRGi Fibernet and Sweden's Fiberdata in 2007.

Alcatel-Lucent said its TPSDA provides an IP network foundation that leverages its broadband access, optics, Carrier Ethernet and service-aware IP technologies and couples them with robust subscriber and network management, and security capabilities. TPSDA is further supported by a comprehensive suite of Alcatel-Lucent design, deployment and integration services.

Other noted global operators who have chosen Alcatel-Lucent's TPSDA include AT&T in the U.S., SaskTel in Canada, Wind in Italy, Telekom Austria, in Spain, Telstra in Australia, and TT&T in Thailand.

TI Chairman Tom Engibous to Retire in April

Thomas J. Engibous, Chairman of the Board of Texas Instruments, will retire following the company's 2008 stockholders meeting on April 17. Richard K. Templeton, who has worked side-by-side with Engibous for the last 15 years, will become the company's new chairman, in addition to his current position as president and CEO.

Since 1996, when Engibous became CEO, the value of the company's share price has increased almost 5X. Engibous, who turns 55 in January, joined the company in 1976 after graduating from Purdue University. He was named president of the company's semiconductor group in 1993, a member of the board of directors in 1996, president and CEO in 1996, and chairman in 1998.\

Arbor Networks to Acquire Ellacoya for DPI Systems

Arbor Networks, which specializes in secure service control solutions, agreed to acquire Ellacoya Networks, which supplies carrier-class broadband service optimization solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ellacoya's e30 platform and e100 platform (a custom-designed 20 Gbps wire-speed DPI network hardware element) enable service providers to identify and manage network traffic dynamically by subscriber, service type, time-of-day, etc. Ellacoya's platforms provide granular reports on network usage; manage traffic dynamically with precision; ensure VoIP quality; identity and prevent network threats; and provide the basis for quota management, differentiated service plans and quality-assured premium services (IPTV, VoIP, streaming video).

Ellacoya said its deep packet inspection (DPI) solutions are deployed at the broadband edge and peering links in some of the world's largest Tier 1 service provider networks, providing precise visibility into traffic along with the ability to prioritize traffic on a per-subscriber and per-application basis. In addition, the Ellacoya solution is used to deliver new products and services, such as IPTV, digital video and on-demand quality-assured broadband services.

Arbor Networks builds network availability solutions that address denial of service (DoS) attacks, botnets, network worms and routing attacks and anomalies. Its product line includes the Peakflow SP for ensuring network integrity and availability, the Peakflow X for conducting network behavior analysis (NBA) to provide network visibility and real-time threat detection, and ATLAS, a globally scoped threat analysis network that relies on a sensor network deployed in Internet darknet space to monitor globally routable IP addresses.

Arbor believes that the acquisition positions the company to take advantage of a significant market opportunity as service providers place increased importance on traffic and service management in order to efficiently and securely deliver new, revenue-generating IP services. The company estimates that the combination of the traditional Infrastructure Security and Service Control and DPI markets creates a $750 million market opportunity in 2008, which should grow to $1.5 billion by the end of this decade.http://www.arbornetworks.com
  • Ellacoya Networks is privately held and based in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

  • Arbor Networks is also privately held and based in Lexington, Massachusetts.