Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Russia's VimpelCom Selects Ericsson for WCDMA/HSPA

Russia's VimpelCom selected Ericsson for the supply and implementation of a WCDMA/HSPA network, plus associated services, to cover seven out of nine macro regions across Russia, including Moscow, the North Caucasus, Siberia, Volga, Northwest Russia, South Russia and the Urals.

Under the five-year agreement, Ericsson will supply a WCDMA/HSPA radio access and core network, including circuit-switching and packet-switching, and subscriber management system Home Location Register (HLR). Ericsson will also be responsible for a range of telecom services, including deployment and integration, systems integration, operation and maintenance assistance, technical support and training. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola Appoints CFO

Motorola appointed Paul J. Liska as its new chief financial officer (CFO). Tom Meredith, the company's acting CFO will continue as a non-management board member.

Prior to joining Motorola, Mr. Liska served as an industrial partner for various private equity firms including MidOcean Partners, CVC Capital Holdings and Ripplewood Holdings LLC. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Liska served as executive chairman of US Freightways until its purchase by Yellow Roadway Corporation and served in various capacities with Weekly Reader Companies, including executive chairman.

Cablevision Offers SMBs Up to 12 Lines of VoIP

Cablevision Systems, the cable operator servicing the New York metro area, is now offering small and medium-sized business customers across its entire service area up to 12 lines of its Optimum Voice phone service. Each line features flat-rate, unlimited local and long-distance calling and advanced calling features like Caller ID, call waiting and enhanced voicemail.

Cablevision is also offering SMBs its Optimum Online Internet access service at up to 30 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream, as well as static IP addresses.

Brightcove Endorses Google AdSense for Video Beta

Brightcove voiced its support for the newly announced AdSense for video beta program, Google's contextual advertising technology for online video. AdSense for video provides contextual text overlays for online videos.

Google's AdSense for video beta is currently available through Brightcove in a limited beta release with select customers. The company said they plan to make the feature generally availability to publishers in 2008.http://www.brightcove.com

Motorola Unveils DOCSIS 3.0 CPE

Motorola unveiled its line of DOCSIS 3.0-based customer premises equipment (CPE) designed to work with the Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS platform and other DOCSIS 3.0-qualified CMTS industry solutions. Motorola has announced several pre-DOCSIS 3.0 commercial deployments to date.

Motorola said it is supporting all DOCSIS 3.0 features, including channel bonding, IPv6, and advanced encryption services. The modems enable channel bonding of up to four downstream channels and four upstream channels, which allows an operator to offer their customers advanced multimedia services with data throughput approximating 160 Mbps in DOCSIS mode and 195 Mbps in Euro-DOCSIS mode -- all without upgrading the HFC plant.

The new line up includes:

  • Motorola SB6120 SURFboard Cable Modem -- supports data throughput approximating 160 Mbps in DOCSIS mode and 195 Mbps in Euro-DOCSIS mode, without the need for a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) plant upgrade. It supports all DOCSIS 3.0 standards including channel bonding, both IPv4 and IPv6, and advanced encryption services.

  • Motorola SBV6120 SURFboard Digital Voice Modem -- Builds on the SB6120 and offers up to two lines of full-featured digital voice service.

  • Motorola SBV6220 SURFboard Digital Voice Modem -- Builds on the SBV6120 and offers Lithium-ion battery backup, which can provide backup power during a power outage.

Motorola's DOCSIS 3.0 SURFboard CPE can be self-installed through the product's intuitive rear panel icon and color coding connection guide. Troubleshooting is simplified via the product's front-panel operational status LEDs. Operators can also optionally activate dual-colored LEDs for their customer to have visual verification of bonded channels and GigE link use.

Motorola's DOCSIS 3.0 CPE line is also designed for Service Assurance -- Quality of Service (QoS) at the edge of the network -- and is compatible with Motorola's NBBS Device Management Platform and with Motorola's eCare web-enabled interactive support solution.


3.0, Raising the Standard

DOCSIS 3.0 ushers in an era of
breathtakingly faster line speeds supporting new applications that hold
the promise of expanded revenue streams for operators. At a minimum,
DOCSIS 3.0 starts by increasing a subscriber�s bandwidth up to 160
Mbps downstream and 120 Mbps upstream. Here is a look at the enabling

Ran Senderovitz and
Etai Zaltsman

ABA Net Employs Global Crossing VoIP Pseudo Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Service

ABA Net, a long-distance telecommunications service provider, is using a new complementary capability to Global Crossing Carrier Outbound VoIP Service to provide voice service for ABA Net's customers in the United States.

This new capability, called Global Crossing VoIP Pseudo Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Service, improves the hand-off of switched access calls that are transported on the Global Crossing network. This is done by using a Session Internet Protocol (SIP)-based interconnection. Once a VoIP Pseudo CIC call is received, customers have the option to use Global Crossing Carrier VoIP Outbound Service to deliver the call to its destination.http://www.globalcrossing.com

ChinaCache Adds Support for Microsoft Silverlight


which operates a leading content delivery network (CDN) in China, announced support for Microsoft Silverlight, a cross-platform and cross-browser plug-in for delivering next generation applications for the Web. The support for Silverlight will further enhance ChinaCache's ability to offer high quality streaming of rich media and interactive applications.

Bookham Introduces Ultra Small 40 Gbps Mach Zehnder Modulator Chip

Bookham announced a 40 Gbps Optical Differential Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (ODQPSK) modulator chip implemented through proprietary indium phosphide Mach Zehnder (InP MZ) technology. Bookham plans to combine this functionality with its tunable laser in new products specifically for use in the growing 40 Gbps market.

Bookham said the reduced size InP MZ platform (5mm) will allow it to offer 40 Gbps products in smaller footprints compared to existing 40 Gbps offerings employing larger optics.

Eutelsat/ SES ASTRA Joint Venture Appoints CEO

Eutelsat Communications and SES ASTRA have appointed Steve Maine as CEO of their jointly-owned venture offering Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) in S-Band. Maine previously led the expansion of Kingston Communications from a local UK telephone company into a major player in voice, data, television and Internet services. He began his career at British Telecom (BT) where his posts included Director of Visual and Broadcast Services, which pioneered a strong and lasting satellite broadcasting business across Europe. He has also served on the board of Scottish Media Group, Scotland's main television and radio broadcaster.

The Joint Venture, known under the name "Solaris", will commercialize the first satellite infrastructure in Europe for broadcasting video, radio and data to mobile devices and vehicle receivers as well as a range of interactive mobile services.

Eutelsat`s W2A satellite carrying the S-Band payload is scheduled for launch in early 2009.

Corning and Infinera to Demo Unamplified Reach of 320km

Corning and Infinera will co-host two long-haul network demonstrations at next week's OFC/NFOEC conference in San Diego.

The first demonstration will show how to significantly reduce amplification requirements and the expenses associated with building and maintaining amplifier huts. In the demonstration, Infinera's Digital Optical Networks technology will transmit and receive data over 320 kilometers (km) of Corning SMF-8 ULL fiber to demonstrate extended network reach that can eliminate two or three amplification sites traditionally required in a network with 80 or 100 kilometer spans. The long-reach capability results from the combined benefits of Infinera's Raman amplification and the ultra-low attenuation of SMF-28 ULL fiber.

Corning and Infinera will also demonstrate lower-cost dispersion compensation equipment. The Infinera DTN will transmit over six 100 kilometer spans of Corning LEAF fiber with no in-line dispersion compensation. Link dispersion compensation is achieved through a single dispersion compensation module and advanced electronic dispersion compensation in the receiver terminal on the Infinera line card. Due to the optimized dispersion of LEAF fiber, in-line dispersion compensation is not required.http://www.corning.com

BigBand Deployments Across Motorola STBs Pass More Than 1 Million Households

BigBand Networks announced a milestone for its switched digital video (SDV) systems. The company is in the process of deploying across three Motorola cable systems with two different cable operators that collectively pass more than 1 million households.

BigBand said its Motorola deployments build upon the company's expanding SDV deployment experience in more than 20 cable systems across North America. BigBand is currently deploying its fifth-generation SDV solution across four electronic programming guide environments.