Sunday, April 20, 2008

Network Evolution -- Telstra

Network Evolution -- Telstra

1. Impact of
Video Traffic

Wireless Network Architecture

3. 4G

Consumer Broadband Technologies

Carrier Ethernet

Digital TV / IPTV

7. FMC

Hugh Bradlow, Chief Technology Officer, Telstra
CTIA, Las Vegas, April 2008

Aruba Announces Wireless Intrusion Prevention System

Aruba Networks announced a new version of its "RFprotect" Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) software that allows users to define their own attack-detection signatures and defend against previously unknown, undisclosed, or unpatched vulnerabilities (zero-day attacks). In addition, Aruba customers will be able to make their user-defined signatures available to others by contributing them to the Wireless Vulnerabilities and Exploits (WVE) database.

Originally acquired from Network Chemistry in 2007, RFprotect software automatically detects network vulnerabilities and contains unauthorized clients and adhocs even as they roam. Featuring customizable security policies, RFprotect software delivers organization-specific security policy enforcement, reduces false positives, and generates reports to meet compliance requirements. The new RFprotect software has been integrated into Aruba's secure mobility solutions to enhance Layer 1-2 security capabilities.

Aruba also announced its new Mobile Remote Access Point (RAP) software targeted at organizations with highly mobile workers, temporary secure access needs, first responder or disaster recovery requirements, or tactical applications in which a WAN is not otherwise available. When loaded into a standard Aruba AP-70 Access Point, the Mobile RAP software delivers follow-me connectivity to mobile users everywhere they roam.

In addition, Aruba announced a new line of 802.11a/b/g access points that can be upgraded over-the-network to enable 802.11n dual-radio operation. The new access points allow enterprises, schools, universities, hospitals, and other institutions to prepare today for a future migration to 802.11n without incurring the cost of an immediate upgrade.

NSN to Provide Usability Consulting for China Mobile Beijing

Nokia Siemens Networks has been selected by China Mobile Group Beijing Ltd. (CMBJ) to provide its Usability Consulting Service, focusing on the company's color ring back tone service and web portal user experience. Color ring back tone service refers to customized music or greeting instead of traditional sound someone hears when calling a mobile phone.

Nokia Siemens Networks said this optimization project has resulted in monthly revenue of some functions increased by 2 - 4 times, while subscriber activity levels and customer satisfaction have also dramatically improved. Together the two parties have applied usability study methodology into the design and development of value-added mobile products.

Comptel Acquires Axiom Systems for IP Fulfillment Software

Comptel, which provides fulfillment solutions for broadband, mobile and IP networks, has acquired UK-based Axiom Systems. for a cash consideration of GBP 7.0 million (EUR 8.9 million). Comptel Corporation pays additional purchase price if Axiom Group's audited net sales in 2008 are more than EUR 13.5 million.

Axiom is a specialist in IP fulfillment . Net sales of Axiom were GBP 7.8 million (EUR 11.5 million) and the company was EBITDA negative in 2007. Axiom has currently 87 employees. The net sales in 2008 are estimated to grow about 15%. Axiom was established in 2000 when Axiom acquired Intellectual Property Rights from British Telecom for the work Axiom's founders had been providing as IT services to British Telecom's IP network. Axiom's head office and operations are located in Reading, UK.

Comptel said the consolidation of Axiom is estimated to increase net sales around 10% in 2008. Axiom's EBITDA impact to Comptel in 2008 is expected to be neutral before one-off items, which are estimated to be EUR 1 million.

Blue Coat to Acquire Packeteer for WAN Optimization

Blue Coat Systems agreed to acquire Packeteer, a provider of WAN optimization and WAN traffic prioritization technologies, for $7.10 per share in cash, or approximately $268 million.

Packeteer is a pioneer in network traffic prioritization and shaping and holds an extensive patent portfolio in these areas. Its technologies enable the identification of specific applications over the WAN. The company is based in Cupertino, California.

Blue Coat supplies a family of appliances and client-based solutions -- deployed in branch offices, Internet gateways, end points, and data centers -- provide intelligent points of policy-based control for security and for application acceleration. Blue Coat plans to to incorporate key Packeteer technologies into is ProxySG family of appliances to provide increased application understanding and traffic prioritization capabilities. The acquisition will also add revenue from the sales, support and development of the PacketShaper product, and provide and increased penetration of the WAN optimization market.

Blue Coat expects the acquisition will be accretive on a non-GAAP basis in the second full quarter of combined operations. Blue Coat will fund the acquisition through a combination of available cash and an $80 million convertible notes financing. Blue Coat is based in Sunnyvale, California.

"WAN optimization is the starting point for adding the next layer of intelligence to the corporate network," said Brian NeSmith, president and chief executive officer, Blue Coat Systems. "The acquisition of Packeteer will enable us to extend our leadership in solving branch office application performance challenges and addressing security threats by adding an extensive, experienced sales channel, integrating our sales organizations and by reinvigorating the well-regarded PacketShaper product and adding it to our solution set. At the same time, we will begin to aggressively integrate Packeteer technologies with our own to continue building the next critical layer above the router."http://www.bluecoat.com

Openwave's CEO Resigns, Company Posts Preliminary Results

Openwave Systems named Bruce Coleman as interim chief executive officer effective immediately, succeeding Robert Vrij, who resigned from the position of president and CEO. A search is underway for a permanent CEO.

Openwave also announced preliminary results for its third quarter ended March 31, 2008. Revenue is expected to be approximately $58 million. The shortfall in revenue versus prior quarter was due to a reduction in maintenance and support and services revenue. The company expects gross margin on a GAAP basis to be approximately 57% and approximately 61% on a non-GAAP basis.

Motorola Invests in VirtualLogix for Real-Time Virtualization

Motorola Ventures has made an equity investment in VirtualLogix, a maker of virtualization software for communications devices and infrastructure equipment. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

VirtualLogix, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, specializes in real-time virtualization for communications devices and equipment. VirtualLogix VLX enables multiple operating system environments to run concurrently on shared hardware and provides a range of performance, fault tolerance and security options to address specific market requirements.

Motorola joins VirtualLogix's current investors Atlas Venture, Cisco Systems, DFJ Esprit, Index Ventures, Intel Capital and Texas Instruments.

NEC and AT&T Demo 100 Gbps Transmission

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) and AT&T Labs have successfully demonstrated schemes for modulation and transmission of high speed optical signals at 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps data rates. The tests generated multiple wavelength-division-multiplexed (WDM) optical signals, each loaded with 114 Gbps within a 25 GHz-wide portion of the optical spectrum. This technique resulted in the highest spectral efficiency ever achieved for long-haul optical transmission. The experiment to demonstrate this transmission over 640 km of fiber was performed by NEC Laboratories America in collaboration with AT&T Labs in Middletown, New Jersey.

This work was initially described at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, February 24-28, 2008.

In addition to the 100G spectral efficiency topic, NEC technical experts and researchers from NEC Laboratories America, Inc., in Princeton, New Jersey, and NEC Central Research Lab in Tokyo, Japan, presented 39 papers; further expanding NEC's significant contribution to the global optical networking market. Topics included:

  • Optical/Wireless Integration for Enhanced Broadband Access and Transmission

  • Core Network Design and Planning: Challenges and Technology Trend

  • Wireless Intermediate Frequency Signal over Passive Optical Networks: Architecture and Experimental Performance Evaluation

  • 40-Gb/s Wavelength-Division-Multiplexing Passive Optical Network with Centralized Lightwave Source

  • Pseudowire Packet Loss Control in Optical Access

  • Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA)-Based Optical Access/Metro Ring Networks

  • 10-Gb/s OFDMA-PON for Delivery of Heterogeneous Services

Ruckus Wireless Enters Enterprise WLAN Market

Ruckus Wireless introduced a line of "SmartMesh" products that enable enterprises to deploy extensive wireless LANs that self-organize, self-optimize, and self- heal.

SmartMesh, which extends patented Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology, are designed to eliminate the need for cabling to every Wi-Fi access point (AP) and complex, labor-intensive RF planning. Ruckus SmartMesh is based on intelligent beam steering technology pioneered by Ruckus Wireless called Smart Wi-Fi. The use of Smart Wi-Fi antennas also minimizes neighbor node interference within the mesh -- unlike omni-directional antennas that radiate signals in all directions all the time, Smart Wi-Fi signals are directed specifically to the receiver only for the duration of a transmission.

Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi controls the form and direction of Wi-Fi signals, adapting them in real-time to the changing RF environment due to interference, distance and physical obstructions. This enables a wireless LAN with unprecedented reliability, extended coverage and consistent performance.

In addition to SmartMesh, Ruckus Wireless also introduced:

  • ZoneDirector 3000, a line of scalable, easy-to-use enterprise WLAN controllers for Ruckus ZoneFlex APs.

  • Ruckus FlexMaster remote Wi-Fi management system for centralized management of ZoneFlex APs and/or WLANs over a wide area IP network.

Lodgian, one of the largest independent owners and operators of full-service hotels in the United States, is among the first companies to deploy the Ruckus SmartMesh and 802.11n solutions.

Sonus Acquires Atreus Systems for IP Provisioning Software

Sonus Networks has acquired Atreus Systems, a supplier of IP voice and advanced IP service provisioning software. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Atreus' IP provisioning software, which has been deployed with some of North America's largest carriers, delivers pre-integrated, automated provisioning and configuration for a variety of devices. The provisioning platform is based on J2EE architecture.

Sonus Networks said the combination of Atreus' services and solutions with its IP infrastructure will enable carriers and network operators around the globe to rapidly deploy innovative communication services to their subscribers.

"The combination of Sonus Networks and Atreus Systems provides the next step in creating a simple and integrated IP communications environment to manage next-generation communications services for consumers around the globe," said Hassan Ahmed, CEO at Sonus Networks.

Atreus Systems was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.http://www.sonusnet.com
  • Atreus' financial investors included BDC Venture Capital, Blueprint Ventures, Meritage Private Equity Funds, Mobius Venture Capital, SAIC Venture Capital Corporation, Skypoint Capital Corporation, and TELUS Ventures.

BroadLight Awarded Key PON Patent

BroadLight, which supplies GPON semiconductors and software, has been awarded patent number 7,327,679 by the US Patent Office for a "Method of providing Quality of Service (QoS) and bandwidth allocation in a point to multi-point network." The patent applies to optical line terminals (OLTs) for efficiently and fairly allocating system resources, such as upstream bandwidth, while attempting to maintain the QoS that a user has subscribed to in a point to multi-point network.

Korea's Hanaro Telecom Deploys Juniper's T-series Routers

Korea's Hanaro Telecom has deployed Juniper Networks T-series core routers to handle traffic growth driven by IPTV and other multiplay services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Netcom Reaches 22 Million Broadband Lines

China Netcom reported Q1 2008 revenue of RMB 20,487 million, including upfront connection fees of RMB 270 million. Excluding upfront connection fees, the revenue of the Company was RMB 20,217 million for the first quarter of 2008, representing an
increase of 0.85% over that of 2007. Some highlights of the financial report:

  • As of 31 March 2008, the number of the company's broadband subscribers was 21,656 thousand, or a net addition of 1,888
    thousand compared to that at the end of last year and a year-on-year growth of 35.8%. The broadband ARPU of the company remained stable and moderately increased in the first quarter of 2008. This was mainly attributable to the rapid development of broadband content
    and applications services.

  • As of 31 March 2008, the number of local access subscribers decreased by 1,719,000 to 109,101,000. Since the first quarter of 2008, the company has pushed forward the transformation of "Family 1+" from service bundling to multimedia information services that improve family life. To realize the strategy, the Company improved the pricing model, diversified the product portfolio of "Family 1+"and enriched customer experience.

China Telecom Reaches 37 Million Broadband Lines

China Telecom reported its annual results for 2007.

Excluding the upfront connection fees of RMB 3,294 million, operating revenues were RMB 175,362 million, a 2.8% increase from 2006. EBITDA was RMB85,974 million, a 1.3% increase from 2006. EBITDA margin was 49.0%, broadly at the same level as 2006.

Due to intensifying mobile substitution, China Telecom experienced negative growth in access lines in service for the first time. Voice business revenue decreased by 7.9% from 2006. Broadband services, value-added services and integrated information services achieved significant breakthrough. Non-voice business revenue represented 36.5% of the Company's overall operation revenues, an increase of 7.4 percentage points from 2006.

China Mobile Reaches 392 Million Subscribers

As of 31-Mar-2008, China Mobile had a total subscriber base 392,137,000. This represents a net addition of 7,783,000 subscribers during the month of March.

As of 31 December 2007, China Mobile had a total staff of 127,959 and claimed a market share of approximately 69.3 Mainland China.

AT&T and RIM Offer BlackBerry Software for SMBs

AT&T and Research in Motion (RIM) announced today the availability of BlackBerry Professional Software for AT&T's small business customers with up to 30 wireless users. It enables wireless access to e-mail, calendar, contacts, business data and Internet access.

The companies said the new BlackBerry Professional Software provides a simplified installation process and the full suite of advanced security features and IT policies that come with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server software, such as sophisticated end-to-end encryption to protect communications and information -- but with simplified administration. With pre-defined IT policies, it is also easy to control content protection strength from content on the handset, owner-information settings, password use, password complexity, timeouts and more. A lost or stolen smartphone can be locked down, and proprietary business information can be erased immediately.

BlackBerry Professional Software also provides control over the company's BlackBerry smartphones, allowing the owner or office manager to limit certain features on an employee's smartphone, and the solution enables data to be backed up wirelessly. Changes to control settings can occur in seconds as IT policies are "pushed" to the smartphone over the air.

The BlackBerry Professional Software package that supports five wireless users out of the box is priced at $499, with a 10-user version priced at $849.http://www.att.com

AT&T to Deliver Cisco TelePresence Globally

AT&T announced plans to deliver a fully managed Cisco TelePresence solution on a global basis. The new offer -- AT&T Telepresence Solution -- is expected to be available in the second half of 2008 in 23 countries, with additional countries planned for 2009. It delivers life-size images via full-high-definition video (1080p) and spatial audio within a specially designed environment. This creates the experience of being in the same room with remote participants, whether they are down the street or around the world. The solution also features concierge service, which complements common enterprise calendaring applications for scheduling. Three-screen and one-screen site options will be available, based on Cisco TelePresence System 3000 and Cisco TelePresence System 1000 endpoints.

In addition, the AT&T Telepresence Solution provides AT&T-owned Cisco TelePresence equipment, installation, full monitoring and management of the application, network provisioning (including AT&T VPN transport), remote help desk service and on-site equipment maintenance and repair.

AT&T and Cisco have started early trials with key customers. Sales teams from AT&T and Cisco will target U.S.-based multinational companies and selected companies headquartered outside of the U.S. in their initial efforts.

AT&T and Cisco said the first of what is expected to be many industry-leading innovations to be introduced by AT&T and Cisco.

AT&T and Cisco have agreed to combine the Cisco TelePresence solution with AT&T's IP network and VPN capabilities to create new ways for companies to collaborate and conduct global business across industries that will include health care, high-tech, retail and government.

"AT&T is playing a critical role in the delivery of intercompany Cisco TelePresence to the more than 750 Cisco TelePresence room footprint worldwide," said Marthin De Beer, senior vice president for Emerging Technologies at Cisco. "AT&T is the first provider of a complete intercompany solution based on our TelePresence system, using the IP network as a platform."http://www.att.com

Meru's Latest AP Packs Four 802.11n Radios for Gigabit Performance

Meru Networks introduced a four-radio 802.11n wireless access point. Each of the new AP440's four IEEE 802.11n radios supports access at up to 300 Mbps, for 1.2 Gbps capacity. The four radios are backward-compatible with the legacy 802.11a/b/g standards, enabling the AP440 to simultaneously accommodate all types of old and new client devices. Each radio can be dedicated to a specific frequency band, allowing enterprise users to take full advantage of 802.11n performance. Meru is using a patented antenna design to allow multiple radios to operate simultaneously on different channels.

Meru reports seeing increasingly rapid adoption for 802.11n across a wide range of enterprises. The company said that because the four radios work together to provide internal redundancy, load-balancing and security, enterprise users can significantly reduce the number of access points and additional security sensors they need, realizing significant savings on cabling, connection and deployment/installation costs.

Meru has also added a new 4-Gbps Acceleration Module for its MC5000 controller, enabling an MC5000 chassis fully loaded with five of the modules to achieve throughput of 20 Gbps. Meru features a "virtual cell" architecture that automatically selects a single channel for use enterprise-wide, layering additional channels to increase capacity, security and/or redundancy. Up to four channels can be layered with the AP440. In contrast, the "micro cell" approach used by most legacy WLANs assigns different channels to adjacent network cells, necessitating frequent and disruptive client "handoffs" and requiring meticulous channel planning to avoid interference. Micro cell solutions also require additional wireless sensors to be deployed for security, increasing cable and power over Ethernet (PoE) port requirements as well as installation costs.

The AP440 Access Point is priced at $2,995 and the MC5000 4-Gbps Acceleration Module at $15,000 (U.S. list). Both products will be available in the third quarter of 2008.