Tuesday, April 8, 2008

BBC Digital Media Initiative to Leverage Signiant's Media Distribution Solution

Signiant's Digital Media Distribution Management Suite (DMDMS) has been selected by Siemens as a core component for the forthcoming BBC Digital Media Initiative. Siemens is providing the integration and delivery services for the provision of the Digital Media Initiative within the corporation, and Signiant's technology will enable the Media Mover component. The Digital Media Initiative will provide the broadcaster with a flexible, multiplatform-enabled, digital production capability with the associated technology infrastructure. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The BBC DMI is collaborative multiplatform production capability that will allow multiplatform programme making teams to work together throughout the production lifecycle and provide individuals access to the work-in-progress content from the point of its inception.

Media Mover is an infrastructural component of the DMI architecture which will manage effective movement of media across the BBC network by throttling transfer rates based on priority and available bandwidth. This component will be enabled using the Signiant DMDMS and, in this first phase of the DMI, will be used for two main purposes.

Firstly, the DMI will use the Signiant SOA Interface (Simple Object Access protocol) to manage, prioritize and accelerate the movement of media between the BBC Archive (the central repository for the corporation's digital assets and related asset information) and the Work In Progress Library (a client application that allows users to ingest and retrieve content and perform logging, local searching, storyboarding and synchronization retrievals) across all sites within the BBC Network. This will allow multi-platform programme-making teams to work together throughout the production lifecycle, providing instant access to the work-in-progress content.

Secondly, the Signiant DMDMS will be used for the bundling, packaging and distribution of video, audio and graphics material to the various broadcast platforms. Signiant's Adaptive Policy Engine will be used to perform digital media transfers based on business rules to ensure that the highest priority items are assigned the appropriate levels of networking bandwidth and priority within the file-based workflow.http://www.signiant.com

MetaSwitch Announces Sales Milestone -- 150th IOC Customer

MetaSwitch announced that with its deployment with Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies (OTTC), it is now providing the core softswitch technology for 150 independent operating companies (IOCs) in North America. OTTC, the largest independently owned telephone companies in New York State, has invested in building a 300-mile fiber network, operated by subsidiary Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc. (FLTG), which extends from Ithaca to Rochester and towards the Western part of New York State.

MetaSwitch's platforms enable IOCs to deliver traditional telephony services to business and residential subscribers, as well as provide the foundation for the advanced platform of IMS-enabled services as the carriers migrate toward next-generation architectures.

MetaSwitch noted that more than a thousand IOCs, also known as rural local exchange carriers (RLECs), serve in excess of 20 million lines throughout the United States and Canada. In the past six months, more than 25 IOCs have chosen MetaSwitch to provide a switching platform for traditional voice and advanced IP communications services. Independent operators now make up nearly half of MetaSwitch's customer base of more than 350 service providers, which includes global, national and regional incumbent and competitive carriers, as well as cable operators.

Pando's P2P Field Test Shows 235% Performance Boost across US cable networks

P2P content delivery can boost delivery speeds by up to 235% across US cable networks and up to 898% across international broadband networks, according to Pando Networks, which offers a managed P2P content delivery service. The data was gathered in a recent P4P field test by Pando from more than 3,000 ISPs worldwide. As part of the test that began February 21st, Pando Networks delivered video content to more than 1 million people across global broadband networks including AT&T, Bell Canada, Bezeq International, BT, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Orange, Sasktel, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Time Warner, Tiscali, and Verizon. Pando used ISP-supplied topological data for some of the networks, such as Verizon and Telefonica, while using proprietary Pando Network Aware technology to deliver content across other networks such as Comcast and AT&T.

The results also show Pando's ability to use P4P and Pando Network Aware technology to route data internally across the broadband networks instead of pulling data from external sources that put more strain on the networks.

For example, across US cable carriers, Pando increased the percentage of data routed internally across their networks from 2.2% to 43.4% of all downloads. This optimization reduced inter-ISP data transfers by an average of 34% (up to 43.8 % in the US and 75.1% internationally) demonstrating that network awareness provides significant network efficiencies for all ISPs.

The technology used in this first P4P field test was developed by engineers at Pando Networks based on research from Yale University. The protocols and specifications are being shared within the P4PWG, which is open to all ISPs and P2P technology providers, and sponsored by the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA).

In March, Pando presented initial results of this field test reflecting data exclusively for the US-based Verizon broadband network at the DCIA P2P MARKET CONFERENCE in New York.http://www.PandoNetworks.com
  • In March 2008, Verizon will begin using a peer-to-peer (P2P) file transfer system from Pando Networks to aid with the distribution of large media files to its broadband users. When deployed, the new system will move material authorized by the content owners -- such as movies, TV programs, software or large data bases -- faster for consumers and more efficiently for network operators, including Verizon. Significantly, Verizon said it no longer regarded P2P as a "dark-alley distribution system for unauthorized file sharing.

  • In February 2008, Pando announced NBC as its latest content customer.

  • Pando is funded by Intel Capital, BRM Capital and Wheatley Partners.

Siemens Introduces Wave2 WiMAX Card

Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices (SHC) introduced its Gigaset SE68 WiMAX Express Card based on the IEEE 802.16-2005 standard. It complies with the Wave 2 specifications, including MIMO (Multiple Input / Multiple Output) A and B, and supports beamforming.

The Express Card Gigaset SE68 WiMAX permits mobile broadband access at up to 20 Mbps. The card will be available in the summer of 2008 supporting the 2.5 and 3.5 GHz frequency bands. It supports the computer's idle mode, thus reducing battery consumption. The Express Card can also be operated via a USB 2.0 port or a PC Card port with the aid of an adapter.http://gigaset.siemens.com/provider

WiMAX Forum Certifies First 2.3 GHz Products

The WiMAX Forum has given its Certified Seal of Approval to the first eight Mobile WiMAX products following interoperability testing. The 2.3 GHz frequency band products, including four base station and four subscriber unit modules, that achieved WiMAX certification are from WiMAX Forum member companies POSDATA, Ransom Technologies Ltd, Samsung Electronics Co., LTD and Sequans Communications.

The products were certified in collaboration with the WiMAX Forum's lead certification testing laboratory, AT4 wireless, in Malaga, Spain, and members of the Telecommunications Technology Association's (TTA) IT Testing & Certification Lab from Seoul, Korea.http://www.wimaxforum.com

Qwest's Ed Mueller to Chair National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

Qwest Communications' chairman and CEO, Edward A. Mueller

, has been named by President Bush to chair the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).

Since its inception by executive order in 1982, the NSTAC has advised the president and other White House leaders on issues pertaining to the preservation and utilization of the nation's communications infrastructure, specifically with regard to national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP).http://www.qwest.com

Harmonic Improves Video Encoding at Low Resolutions for Mobile Video

Harmonic introduced a new approach to low resolution encoding for mobile video on DiviCom Electra MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) compression platform. Harmonic is now supporting ultra-low bit-rates in formats including QVGA and SIF with the Electra 5400 standard definition (SD) H.264 encoders. This solution is designed for lower resolution applications such as video delivery to automobiles via satellite transmission or IP-based streaming to the PC and handheld devices.

Harmonic's Electra H.264 encoding platform employs a number of technologies, including video pre-processing, dynamic noise reduction, full multi-pass hierarchical "LookAhead" compression and IP-based statistical multiplexing to deliver video quality at very low bit-rates. The multi-pass LookAhead process was pioneered by Harmonic and uses a dedicated H.264 compression processor to fully analyze incoming video content and proactively apply highly efficient encoding strategies.

Harmonic said that by exploiting its multi-pass architecture and noise reduction processing, mobile resolutions on the Electra platform offer significantly improved video quality in comparison with the DSP-based alternatives utilized for QVGA encoding today. In addition to SIF and QVGA, Harmonic's compression platform will be able to scale to support a number of additional resolutions, including QCIF and SQCIF.http://www.harmonicinc.com

Dell'Oro: Service Providers Spend Over $36 Billion on Wireline Gear in 2007

Telecom service providers worldwide purchased more than $36 billion of equipment to enhance their wireline networks in 2007, up more than 10 percent over 2006 levels, according to Dell'Oro Group. The largest increases in capex spend was on optical transport and routers, followed distantly by IP voice equipment (such as media gateways and softswitches), and carrier Ethernet switches. Spending on broadband access and multiservice switching declined.

Dell'Oro said Cisco captured the bulk of spend on routers while Alcatel-Lucent captured spend on optical transport. Nokia Siemens and Nortel captured the majority of spend on IP voice equipment.

of Manufacturers' Revenue from

Wireline Telecommunications Equipment

Sold to Service Providers -- %

  2007 2006
29 24
Cisco 34 29
Ericsson 4 4
Huawei 14 10
8 6
Nortel 11 13


Tektronix's Protocol Test Tool Selected by WiMAX Forum

The WiMAX Forum has selected Tektronix Communications' G35-WiMAX protocol test solution to verify the interoperability of WiMAX network nodes in Mobile WiMAX Forum Certified Test Laboratories around the world.

As part of the WiMAX Forum Network Interoperability Test initiative, reference networks will be set up in all WiMAX Forum Test Laboratories, against which WiMAX component vendors can test their implementation. Tektronix said its G35-WiMAX protocol test solution will serve as the reference point to analyze the responses of individual devices in test scenarios specified by the WiMAX Forum.

Tektronix' G35-WiMAX solution provides real-time decoding and advanced filtering of IEEE 802.16e R1 with Bit Error Rate Test as well as monitoring of vendor-specific R6 and WiMAX Forum compliant R3, R4, R6 and R8 interfaces for both control and user plane.

Global Crossing Extends IP Network to Latin America

Global Crossing has expanded its converged IP services in Latin America. Global Crossing is supplementing the core functionality of its MPLS-network backbone with "Supercore" routing platforms. In addition to the Supercore routers already installed in St. Croix, USVI and Fort Amador, Panama, the company now has installed these routers in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Sao Paulo, as well. This triples PoP-to-PoP core capacity and enables OC192 (10 Gbps SONET) connections on the company's South American Crossing (SAC) undersea fiber-optic cable system, which rings Latin America.

Global Crossing's fiber-optic MPLS-te network supports VoIP, IP VPN and IP video services.

The SAC system includes approximately 12,000 route miles (20,000 Km) of fiber-optic cable and landing stations in St. Croix, USVI; Fortaleza, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santos, Brazil; Las Toninas, Argentina; Valparaiso, Chile; Lurin, Peru; Fort Amador, Panama; and Puerto Viejo, Venezuela. Fort Amador and Puerto Viejo are shared by Global Crossing's Pan American Crossing (PAC) undersea system. http://www.globalcrossing.comLast month, Global Crossing announced that it had expanded SAC by 100 Gbps of transport capacity.

Nominum Offers DNS & DHCP Solutions to Large Enterprises

Nominum has begun offering its carrier-proven line of DNS and DHCP software solutions to the large enterprise market. These solutions include:

  • Enterprise DNS package: It includes Nominum's Authoritative Name Server (ANS) and Caching Name Server (CNS). ANS is a dedicated authoritative name server purpose-built to scale to large number of zones and records. CNS is a dedicated caching-only name server designed for recursively resolve domain names while also protecting the DNS infrastructure against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and cache poisoning.

  • Enterprise DHCP package: It includes Nominum's Dynamic Configuration Server (DCS), which offers commercial-grade DHCP server with high availability, resiliency and open APIs for flexible DHCP policy management.

Nominum DNS and DHCP packages are supported on any x86 and SPARC-based hardware servers, as well as Red Hat Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD operating systems.

"Unlike the freeware-packaged appliance solutions offered to enterprises today, Nominum's software solutions help enterprises fully leverage investments in server hardware, eliminate network reconfiguration and stability risks to ensure always-on uptime and help secure the network against attacks and vulnerabilities," said Tom Tovar, chief executive officer, Nominum. "Over the past year, several enterprises have sought out Nominum as an alternative to appliances and freeware, particularly as they undergo network transformations to support VoIP, Wi-Fi, virtualization, and data center consolidation."

Verizon Business to Offer Managed Data-Protection, Data-Loss-Prevention Service

Verizon Business plans to add two new managed security services to address the entire flow of data within the extended enterprise.
The new services, available later this year, aim to prevent malicious requests that could compromise a company's databases. The new managed services are:

  • Management and monitoring of software and appliances for database auditing and prevention/database activity monitoring. These software and appliances effectively act as a security buffer, preventing malicious requests that could compromise a database. Verizon Business' service will be available beginning in July.

  • Management and monitoring of data-loss prevention technologies. Verizon Business' support of these tools will allow customers to outsource to Verizon Business the tracking and monitoring of their data, whether it is at rest, in transit or in use. The service will be available beginning in September.

Verizon Business already offers a number of other services addressing data protection and data loss prevention, including Data Forensics and Managed Security Services.http://www.verizonbusiness.com/us/security

France's Saclay 2 Research Net Deploys Alcatel-Lucent

France's higher education and research community, the Association Réseau Haut Débit du Plateau de Saclay, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deliver a turnkey optical network operating at 10 Gbps and upgradeable to 40 Gbps. The network will build on a 30 Km optical infrastructure already deployed by Alcatel-Lucent in 2006. Under the project, Alcatel-Lucent will combine cabling, optical and IP networking solutions from its portfolio, with specialized service practices. The deployment includes the Alcatel-Lucent 1696 Metrospan, Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) and Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6850 platforms.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/http://www.saclay2.net/

First International Telecom Deploys Motorola's WiMAX

First International Telecom (Fitel), a major telecom operator in Taiwan, is working with Motorola and UTStarcom to deploy a WiMAX network as a part of the operator's commitment to the M-Taiwan project. Fitel received its operator license to provide WiMAX services for northern Taiwan in July 2007.

Motorola noted that this represents its third WiMAX project in Taiwan in the last eight months.

Fitel provides mobile communications services through its PHS network to over 1 million subscribers. Fitel plans to start testing the WiMAX base stations in the downtown area of Taipei by first half of 2008. The M-Taiwan project is a government initiative to accelerate WiMAX ecosystem development and create a city-wide broadband network to support wireless broadband services to consumers.http://www.motorola.com

Motorola Elects David Dorman as Non-Executive Chairman

Motorola's Board of Directors elected David Dorman to serve as non-executive Chairman of the Board. Dorman will succeed Ed Zander, the company's current chairman and former chief executive officer.

Dorman, who joined Motorola's Board of Directors in 2006, is currently a managing director and senior advisor at the firm of Warburg Pincus and Co. He joined AT&T as president in December 2000 and served as chairman and chief executive officer from 2002 until November of 2005. Previously, Dorman served as chief executive officer of Concert, the global venture created by AT&T and British Telecommunications from 1999 to 2000 and as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pacific Bell from 1994 until its acquisition by SBC Communications in 1997.http://www.motorola.com

Finland's Funet Upgrades Optical Network with NSN

The Finnish university and research network (Funet), which is operated by the Finnish IT center for science (CSC), is undergoing a major optical upgrade that will delivers connections to up 0 Gbps to the Finnish research community. The Funet network will also provide its users with high-quality connections to the international research network infrastructure, such as NORDUnet, the Nordic research network, and the European GÉANT research network.

Nokia Siemens Networks will provide the optical transmission network and routers based on DWDM for the project. The largest optical fiber suppliers are TDC and Teknomeria.