Sunday, January 27, 2008

One Minute Video: What is SIP Security

One Minute Video presented by Rajneesh Chopra, Juniper Networks -- What is SIP Security?

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Packet Design Provides Visibility into Layer 3 MPLS-VPNs

Packet Design introduced a network management product that provider visibility into MPLS-VPN customer traffic not only at the network edge but across the core.

VPN Traffic Explorer lets service providers determine the exact path each customer's traffic travels, know which customers are the heaviest bandwidth users, and analyze customer traffic by class of service (CoS) not just on a few links but everywhere in the network.
Armed with this new level of VPN-centric management knowledge, providers can resolve customer problems faster, do far more effective capacity planning, and pinpoint trends to better tailor existing services and sell new ones.

The new product combines Packet Design's foundation technology, route analytics -- which provides visibility into real-time, network-wide routing paths -- with the ability to map VPN customer traffic flows directly onto those paths. The product supports the newest versions of router-based flow data, including Cisco's NetFlow version 9, which recognize not only IP but also MPLS, the mechanism used by service providers to forward customers' VPN traffic across their network cores using private "tunnels."

Packet Design said previous solutions aimed at Layer 3 MPLS-VPN service management gather traffic data from the provider's edge routers, showing how much traffic each customer is sending. But they provide no insight inside the MPLS core, which typically exists one "hop" in from the edge and where problems can impact the quality of service for many customers.

Taiwan Mobile Deploys Axerra Pseudo-Wires for Mobile Wireless Backhaul

Taiwan Mobile Co., Ltd. has deployed Axerra Networks' Pseudo-Wire solutions in its radio access network (RAN) for the backhaul of UMTS and GSM voice and data traffic. Axerra's solutions employ Carrier Ethernet as a full-service alternative to TDM backhaul in the mobile wireless RAN. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.axerra.com

IEEE P802.3ba Task Force Sets Sights on 40GbE, 100GbE

The IEEE New Standards Committee (NesCom) has approved the Higher Speed Study Group's project authorization request (PAR), and the resulting project will now be known as the IEEE P802.3ba task force.

In July 2007, the Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) agreed upon a single project encompassing a 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) rate for server and storage applications and a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) rate for network aggregation. In November 2007, the IEEE 802.3 working group authorized the HSSG to become the IEEE P802.3ba task force to begin work on the 40GbE and 100GbE draft standard. The Task Force will now focus on defining the standard for 40GbE and 100GbE, and expects to complete standard ratification in 2010.

"This is a key milestone for the 40GbE and 100GbE project, and the result of collaboration between many individuals who have helped the IEEE P802.3ba task force gain momentum," said John D'Ambrosia, newly appointed chair of IEEE P802.3ba task force. "During last week's interim session, we began to hear initial technical presentations as part of the effort to work towards a first draft standard proposal expected to be completed by Fall 2008."

The Ethernet Alliance noted that the IEEE P802.3av (10Gb/s PHY for EPON) task force has finalized its task force review of draft D1.0 and is preparing the next revision of the draft standard.
  • The Ethernet Alliance is an industry group whose mission is to accelerate industry adoption and remove barriers to market entry by providing a cohesive, market-responsive industry voice on IEEE 802 Ethernet projects.

Helio Reaches Nearly 200,000 Subscribers, ARPU at $85

Helio, the U.S. joint venture between SK Telecom and EarthLink, announced some key usage statistics for its mobile service.

  • Helio has nearly 200,000 subscriber.

  • Average revenue per user (ARPU) is over $85, well above the industry average.

  • Helio users have an average of over 550 text messages per member per month, many times the industry average

  • Instant Message penetration 3 times the industry average

  • 95% of Helio brand members access the Web through their mobile device versus an industry average of about 13%

  • Each month, 60% of Helio brand members access MySpace via their Helio and average nearly 500 page views

  • 57% of Ocean users downloaded Helio's exclusive YouTube application within two weeks of its launch

In addition, Helio announced that founding CEO Sky Dayton has been named non-executive Chairman of Helio's Board of Directors, and Wonhee Sull, formerly Helio's President and COO, has been elevated to CEO.

Motorola Signs WiMAX CPE Order with Wateen Telecom-Pakistan

Motorola announced a contract with Wateen Telecom-Pakistan

for the supply of 198,000 end-user WiMAX customer premises equipment (CPE) devices for both indoor and outdoor use. The deal is described as one of the world's largest WiMAX device orders to date. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola is also supplying its 802.16e WiMAX and IMS solutions for Wateen Telecom's nationwide WiMAX network under previously announced deals.

The Motorola CPE units will provide subscribers in Pakistan with wireless access to agile and affordable data and VoIP services, as well as business services such as VPNs.http://www.motorola.com

Nokia to Acquire Trolltech for Software Development Expertise

Nokia announced a public voluntary tender offer to acquire Trolltech, a company headquartered in Oslo, Norway and publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Trolltech is a recognized software provider with world-class software development platforms and frameworks. Nokia said the acquisition would accelerate its software strategy.

Trolltech provides cross-platform software development frameworks and application platforms. Trolltech's Qt is used in popular software such as Skype, Google Earth, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Lucasfilm, among others. Its Qtopia is used in consumer devices such as mobile handsets, video-phones, set-top boxes and media players. Trolltech's software has shipped in more than 10 million devices.

"The technology landscape evolves and, for Nokia, software plays a major role in our growth strategy for devices, PCs and the integration with the Internet. We continue to focus on areas where we can differentiate and add more value. Common cross-platform layers on top of our software platforms attract innovation and enable Web 2.0 technologies in the mobile space," said Kai Oistamo, Executive Vice President, Devices, Nokia. "Trolltech's deep understanding of open source software and its strong technology assets will enable both Nokia and others to innovate on our device platforms while reducing time-to-market. This acquisition will also further increase the competitiveness of S60 and Series 40."

Movial Demos its "Social Communicator"

Finland-based Movial unveiled its "Social Communicator," a software application that enables instant social communication by bringing Internet calling, social media content (e.g., YouTube), unified messaging, and Web and video feeds together for content sharing and real-time communication on mobile handsets, PCs, IP set-top boxes, and Internet tablet devices.

Movial's Social Communicator determines the best way to share content, regardless of a user's device or online/offline status, and frees users from the complexities of figuring out how to reach a contact for instantaneous communication.

The Social Communicator, which Movial will distribute through Service Providers, offers built-in presence, SMS, MMS, instant messaging, multimedia calling, and video sharing. Users can now connect, share and communicate about all their Internet content -- from news and information sources to popular video sites -- all in real time using a variety of communication possibilities on any device.

Ceragon Posts Q4 Revenue of $46.1 Million, up 40% YoY

Ceragon Networks, which supplies high-capacity wireless backhaul solutions, reported Q4 2007 revenues of $46.1 million, up 40% from $32.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2006 and 3.8% from $44.5 million in the third quarter of 2007. Net income (GAAP) was $4.4 million or $0.13 per basic share and $0.12 per diluted share compared to net loss of $8.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, or $0.30 basic and diluted net loss per share. Gross margin on a GAAP basis in the fourth quarter of 2007 was 36.2% of revenues.

"We are pleased to report record quarterly and annual results," said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. "2007 was an excellent year in which our revenues grew 49% and our profits grew even faster. We believe the primary growth drivers for high-capacity wireless backhaul remain in place and we have a large pipeline of opportunities. We are looking forward to another year of growth in 2008."

Ribbit Unveils its "Amphibian" Consumer Voice Mash-up Service

Ribbit, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, unveiled its "Amphibian" consumer service for transforming any physical phone into a physical/virtual "dual world" phone. The idea is to enable consumers to use their current phone plans in any number of new and evolving Web environments.

Ribbit's Amphibian service, which the company calls a "voiceware application, is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2008. The service integrates voice into any number of Web environments including social networking pages, Web-based applications, and mash-ups.


Atheros Posts Q4 Revenue of $114.3 million, up 30% YoY

Atheros Communications posted record Q4 2007 revenue of $114.3 million, up eight percent from the $106.3 million reported in the third quarter of 2007 and up 30 percent from the $87.8 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2006. Net income (GAAP) was $13.4 million or $0.22 per diluted share. This compares with GAAP net income of $9.7 million or $0.16 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2007. Net loss in the fourth quarter of 2006 was $1.2 million or $0.02 per diluted share.

Cisco Unveils Massive Nexus 7000 Switch for Virtualized Data Centers

Cisco unveiled its the next generation, flagship data center-class switching platform for combining Ethernet, IP, and storage capabilities across one unified network fabric.

The Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, which sets forth the company's Data Center 3.0 vision, represents the culmination of over $1 billion in R&D, according to the company. The platform is designed for next generation data center infrastructure deployments of virtualized servers, storage, networks and applications. Using a unified fabric would eliminate the need for parallel storage and computational networks, reducing the number of server interfaces and significantly reducing the cabling and switching infrastructure required in the data center. At the heart of the network is a lossless unified switching fabric capable of simultaneously forwarding storage, Ethernet, and IP traffic.

Cisco's Nexus 7000 is a scalable modular platform that delivers up to 15 terabits per second (Tbps_ of switching capacity in a single chassis, supporting up to 512 10 Gbps Ethernet and future delivery of 40- and 100-Gbps Ethernet. Its unified fabric architecture combines Ethernet and storage capabilities into a single platform, designed to provide all servers with access to all network and storage resources. Key components of the unified fabric architecture include unified I/O interfaces and Fibre Channel over Ethernet support to be delivered in the future.

The design of the Nexus 7000 is also optimized for improved airflow and offers integrated cable management. The data plane is fully distributed and, when coupled with the Cisco NX-OS operating system, is designed to enable zero service-disruption upgrades on production systems. NX-OS combines the best of Cisco's SAN-OS, Layer 2 switching, Layer 3 routing protocols, and advanced virtualization capabilities. These virtualization capabilities allow the system to be partitioned into multiple logical devices, each with its own processes and command-line interface running independent of one another. This system may be used by hosting providers and complex enterprise administrative models, to be shared by multiple administrators concurrently, each with its own switching environment.

The Nexus 7000 Series starts at $75,000. Availability is expected in Q2 2008.

Verizon Tops 1 Million FiOS TV Customers, Adds 2 Million Wireless Customers

Citing gains in strategic growth areas such as wireless, broadband, data, video and global IP, Verizon Communications reported $23.8 billion in Q4 2007 revenues, up 5.5 percent; up 5.6 percent on an adjusted basis (non-GAAP) and earnings of 37 cents in fully diluted earnings per share (EPS). This compares with fourth-quarter 2006 earnings of 48 cents per share before income from discontinued operations that have since been divested.

"In the fourth quarter, the momentum of revenue growth and margin expansion continued to drive double-digit earnings growth, and we once again reported strong growth in sales of all our strategic products," said Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg.

Some highlights for the quarter.


  • 2.0 million total net customer additions, 1.9 million net retail customer additions; 65.7 million total customers, 63.7 million retail (non-wholesale) customers; 6.9 million retail net adds in 2007, the most of any carrier.

  • 1.20 percent total churn, 0.94 percent retail post-paid churn.

  • Total revenues in the quarter were $11.4 billion, up 13.3 percent; service revenues were $9.9 billion, up 13.7 percent, driven by customer growth and demand for data services. Full-year revenues were $43.9 billion, up 15.3 percent.

  • ARPU (average monthly revenue per customer) levels increased year-over-year for the seventh consecutive quarter: retail ARPU of $51.49 was up 1.4 percent; retail data ARPU of $11.06 was up 36.0 percent.

  • Wireline

  • 226,000 net new FiOS TV customers, 943,000 total FiOS TV customers at year-end; Verizon now has more than 1 million FiOS TV customers. Including satellite TV customers served in partnership with DIRECTV (a net of 63,000 added this quarter), Verizon has more than 1.8 million video customers.

  • Verizon added a net of 264,000 new broadband connections (DSL and FiOS Internet connections combined). Broadband connections totaled 8.2 million, an increase of 17.9 percent compared with year-end 2006. The company added a net of 245,000 FiOS Internet connections this quarter, for a total of more than 1.5 million as of year-end.

  • ARPU in legacy Verizon wireline markets (which excludes former MCI consumer markets) increased 11.0 percent to $59.48, compared with the fourth quarter 2006.

  • The FiOS network passed more than 9.3 million premises by year-end. Estimated earnings dilution from FiOS was 9 cents per share in the fourth quarter.

  • FiOS Internet was available for sale to 7.5 million premises in parts of 17 states by year-end. Penetration for the service averaged 20.6 percent across all markets. FiOS TV was available for sale to 5.9 million premises in parts of 13 states by year-end. Penetration for the service averaged 16.0 percent across all markets.

  • Verizon Business

  • Verizon Business generated revenues of $5.4 billion, or growth of 0.5 percent compared with the fourth quarter 2006 on an adjusted basis (non-GAAP). This is Verizon Business' fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year, pro-forma revenue growth.

  • Verizon cited strong sales of key strategic services -- such as IP, managed services, Ethernet and optical ring services -- continued to drive Verizon Business' growth. These services generated more than $1.4 billion in revenue, up 25.1 percent from the fourth quarter 2006.