Monday, May 26, 2008

Canada Launches Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) Auction

The government of Canada opened its Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction. A total of 105 megahertz (MHz) of radio spectrum will be open for bidding, which includes 40 MHz of AWS spectrum for new entrants and another 65 MHz of spectrum for all bidders. The auction will unfold over many scheduled rounds. Bidding will occur electronically over the Internet using secure encryption technology. After each round of bidding is completed, the results will be made available to bidders and to the general public.

Following the close of the auction, winning bidders will be required to submit ownership and control documentation and to complete various payment transactions within 30 business days. Once these steps have been completed, Industry Canada will review the information submitted by each bidder and issue licences as appropriate.

"Our government's intentions are clear: to achieve lower prices, better service and more choice for consumers and business. We believe in relying on market forces to the maximum extent feasible because competition benefits consumers, and consumers benefit most when markets are as competitive as they can be." stated Jim Prentice, Canada's Minister of Industry.

Tennessee's DTC Deploys Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 4500

DTC Communications (formerly DeKalb Telephone Cooperative) has completed a 300-mile metro network using Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 4000 Multi-Service Provisioning Platforms (MSPPs) in five counties of middle Tennessee. The deployment replaces DTC's existing SONET equipment with a more manageable system that will allow for future services.

Specifically, DTC Communications purchased five FLASHWAVE 4500 nodes, twelve FLASHWAVE 4100 Large Shelf systems, and two FLASHWAVE 4100 Extension Shelves. The FLASHWAVE 4500 nodes are being used to form the core OC-192 ring, with the FLASHWAVE 4100 nodes used for the OC-48 and OC-12 collector rings that distribute services to their customers. The telephone cooperative purchased the NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS), which provides for the end-to-end management, provisioning, and surveillance of their Fujitsu optical networking platforms. DTC also purchased an ongoing maintenance support package.

The Madison Group, a Fujitsu reseller, provided network systems integration.

Dell'Oro: PON and Cable Access Infrastructure Equipment Sales Surge in Q1

PON Optical Line Terminals (OLTs) revenue increased over 50 percent in the first quarter of this year, driven by a surge in EPON and GPON deployments, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group. This increase occurred at the same time that Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS) revenue increased by 30 percent. The report also shows that the resumption of EPON deployments in Japan helped Mitsubishi and Sumitomo overtake Tellabs for the top two spots in the PON OLT market. Cisco's sequential revenue growth almost doubled in the first quarter, and helped extend its dominance in the CMTS market.

"Demand for PON and Cable access equipment was strong in the first quarter, a trend we expect to continue throughout 2008," said Tam Dell'Oro, President of Dell'Oro Group. "PON is being driven by new GPON deployments, especially by Verizon, as well as the resumption of EPON deployments in Japan after a pause in 2007 when operators planned for next generation networks. Cable operators are resuming purchases after a slow 2007 when most operators were planning for new DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS equipment, which is now available from most Cable access vendors," Dell'Oro added.

Motorola Releases 32 QAM channel Module for Boosting CMTS Bandwidth

Motorola announced the commercial availability of a TX32 Decoupled Downstream Module for its BSR 64000, CMTS/EDGE router. The TX32 solution requires one slot in the BSR 64000, whereas competitive alternatives require two slots to provide the same downstream density. The Motorola TX32, which supports 32 QAM channels, will increase the downstream capacity of deployed BSR 64000s by more than 500% and significantly reduce the cost per downstream QAM. The TX32 also incorporates IPv6 and Advanced Encryption Services (AES).

Motorola noted that channel bonding is driving the initial move to DOCSIS 3.0 in Europe and the TX32 enables cable operators to efficiently deliver accelerated personal media experiences, including fast Internet services, in a highly competitive broadband market.

P&TLuxembourg Deploys ADVA for Ethernet Services

P&TLuxembourg, the leading fixed and mobile telephone operator in Luxembourg, has deployed the ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 150 to offer intelligent Ethernet services to enterprise customers. P&TLuxembourg's new network is built on a foundation of IP over fiber, and uses the ADVA FSP 150 to deliver a range of intelligent Ethernet services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ADVA said its FSP 150, featuring the company's "Etherjack" technology, provides P&TLuxembourg with intelligent demarcation, stringent monitoring of data from the network core to the customer premise, verification of strict Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and remote Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM).

Nokia Siemens Networks Launches Channel Partner Program

Nokia Siemens Networks is launching a Channel Partner Program to complement its direct sales force. The company said it will use channel partners to extend its reach into new customers and markets.

One of the first partners in the Channel Partner Program is CommTel Network Solutions, a specialist Australian company providing design, engineering and integration services for advanced telecommunications systems.

"Today the ability to develop market segment specific solutions that truly respond to customers' business challenges depends heavily on collaboration with partners who are experts in these segments. This is why we have decided to set up a network of partners to complement our direct sales force," commented Peter Kühne, Head of Indirect Channel, Nokia Siemens Networks.

T-Mobile Netherlands Selects Ericsson for Network Management

T-Mobile Netherlands has signed a four-year strategic-partnership contract under which Ericsson will continue to manage end-to-end network operations for the former Orange network. The agreement follows T-Mobile's acquisition of Orange in the Netherlands. Ericsson will also take on responsibility for streamlining T-Mobile Netherlands' overall network infrastructure by dismantling the former Orange mobile networks.

Ericsson will step up the expansion of T-Mobile Netherlands' WCDMA network, including the building and acquisition of more than 900 new sites by 2010. Ericsson will also deliver more than 2000 MINI-LINK microwave transmission units to help boost capacity and to enable the efficient handling of packet data in T-Mobile's transmission network.

Deutsche Telekom Accused of Illegal Call Monitoring

Deutsche Telekom is facing a criminal investigation accused of illegally monitoring calls of certain employees and journalists in a scheme aimed at stopping press leaks. The so-called "Clipper" and "Rheingold" surveillance programs allegedly tracked several hundred thousand landline and mobile calls over a period of several years.

In a statement, Deutsche Telekom said the allegations made against the company involve call detail records and "do not relate to any unlawful use of the content of calls -- in other words they do not concern the tapping of calls." Nevertheless, Deutsche Telekom's CEO, René Obermann, said he is cooperating with the public prosecutor's office to enable a rapid criminal investigation of the situation.

Occam Networks Supplies Remote Terminal Cabinets for Horry Telephone

Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC), the largest U.S. telephone cooperative and the 25th largest incumbent local exchange carrier in the country, has purchased Occam Networks' latest Outside Plant (OSP) turnkey solution featuring the 4033 Remote Terminal Cabinet (RTC) equipment enclosure. This purchase is part of an upgrade to expand and increase DSL services throughout Horry County.

HTC is shortening copper loop lengths and pushing fiber closer to customer premises in preparation of offering new, advanced broadband services. Occam said its RTC 4033 OSP solution will increase the capacity of existing OSP service areas. In addition, Occam's Broadband Loop Carrier (BLC) 6000 platform will be used as direct replacements for competitive DSLAM equipment.http://www.occamnetworks.com

Bahamas Telecom Selects Calix for Next-Gen Access Network

Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has selected the Calix to replace its existing access infrastructure to enable higher-speed, more widely available broadband and advanced new information, communication, and entertainment services throughout the islands. BTC will primarily use the Calix C7 multiservice access platform (MSAP). In addition to POTS, DS1, DS3, and SONET services, the C7 easily supports Gigabit Ethernet, advanced DSL, and 2.5 Gbps GPON-based FTTP. Complementing the Calix C7 in targeted fiber deployments will be Calix 700G optical network terminals (ONTs), and the Calix Management System (CMS), which provides a unified network view across all Calix infrastructure. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Calix solution will be provided through a resale and integration agreement with Sonus Networks . BTC is focusing initially on pushing fiber deeper into the access network, making multi-megabit DSL services universally available, and enabling H.248 VoIP on all subscriber lines. The Calix platforms will also allow BTC to begin selective deployment of higher-speed GPON-based FTTP as well as new services such as IPTV.

Veraz Offers Roadmap for Multimedia Generation Networks

Veraz Networks outlined key elements of its Multimedia Generation Network (MGN) architecture for helping service providers to rapidly deploy customized multimedia services while preserving and extending the capabilities of legacy application suites.

Veraz's MGN architecture, which builds on the company's existing product set and the IMS framework, aims to open up the telecom service creation environment to partners and third-party developers. The network would be client-aware and seamlessly support multiple access network technologies to ensure consistency of service as well as service mobility. The company said that by eliminating the silo approach to service creation and delivery and replacing it with a unified service delivery and management platform, operators can quickly introduce new revenue generating services and lower the cost to deliver their existing services.

Veraz's MGN architecture consists of three layers: Media, Control and Service Delivery, tied together by a unifying management layer.

  • The Media Layer of the MGN, where the Veraz I-Gate family of media gateways and the Network-adaptive Border Controller (Border Gateway Functionality) reside, provides media security, QoS, transcoding and bandwidth optimization.

  • The Control Layer of the MGN, which includes the Veraz ControlSwitch and Network-adaptive Border Controller (Integrated Border Controller Functionality), provides optimized, secure connectivity for any mix of TDM and IP services. The distributed architecture of the Veraz ControlSwitch enables unified control over a distributed architecture, for maximum flexibility in deployment and contained operational costs.

  • The Service Delivery Layer of the MGN includes Veraz's Open Service Broker and Policy Engine, and supports both Veraz-developed and third-party applications, thereby enabling any application to be customized and delivered across any access network with faster rollout and decreased management complexity. An XML driven engine delivers service differentiation.

In addition, Veraz also offers a soft client, verazVirtu that can be customized for the service provider. The verazVirtu soft client offers a tightly integrated and optimized end-user experience across a service provider's multimedia application portfolio.

TELUS Selects Alcatel-Lucent's ReachView

TELUS has selected ReachView Technologies, an Alcatel-Lucent company, to deploy IBM Tivoli Netcool software into its network. The project enables TELUS to further consolidate its service assurance architecture to better manage the customer experience. The enhanced capabilities directed to customer service management across national service offerings including data, IP, and voice, ultimately contribute to more rapid deployment of product offerings with greater reliability.

Alcatel-Lucent's service assurance solution includes IBM Tivoli Netcool software, which monitors the reliability of service delivery to customers, tracking such key areas as network compatibility, proactively identifying and fixing problems before they happen, and allocating additional resources to meet sudden spikes in demand.

Alcatel-Lucent said that with this deployment, TELUS becomes its 100th customer for the Netcool software.

Ceragon Supplies Wireless Backhaul Into Indochina

Ceragon Networks announced that it has received orders for its advanced FibeAir solutions to be deployed by a leading mobile operator in one of Indochina's emerging markets. The contract was valued at $3.5 million in revenue. Ceragon said the recent equipment orders signify its continuing expansion into new markets and its growing footprint in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ceragon FibeAir solutions for TDM networks feature upgradeable capacities ranging from 45 to 622 Mbps.

Arun Sarin Steps Down as CEO of Vodafone

Arun Sarin will step down as CEO of Vodafone on 29th July 2008. He will be succeeded by Deputy Chief Executive Vittorio Colao.

Arun Sarin became Chief Executive in July 2003 and has overseen significant growth of the company in terms of revenue, subscribers and expansion into new markets internationally. During his time as CEO, Vodafone has grown its proportionate customer base from 120 million to more than 260 million globally. Most recently, Vodafone has expanded into Romania, Czech Republic, Turkey, and India where Arun Sarin led the acquisition of Hutchison Essar, which is the largest foreign investment made in the country.

Vodafone Group Plc also announced today that Non Executive Directors Michael Boskin and Jürgen Schrempp will not be seeking re-election at the company's upcoming AGM in late July. Michael Boskin joined the Vodafone Board in 1999 on Vodafone's merger with AirTouch Communications Inc, having served for a number of years previously on the AirTouch Board. Jürgen Schrempp became a Director of Vodafone in 2000 when Vodafone completed its acquisition of Mannesmann, having been a member of Mannesmann's Supervisory Board before then.

Verizon to Offer Starz via FiOS Broadband

Verizon and Starz Entertainment announced a multiyear agreement to provide Starz movies to Verizon's broadband subscribers and the full array of Starz products to Verizon's FiOS TV and FiOS Internet and DSL customers.

Verizon's broadband customers can access the service anywhere in the United States to watch live Starz programming and to download and view movies and videos an unlimited number of times at no additional charge. The movies include blockbusters such as "Ratatouille," "Spider-ManTM3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."

The two companies also announced an extension and expansion of their current FiOS TV affiliation agreement, which was signed in April 2005. The new agreement secures delivery of all 16 Starz, Encore and MoviePlex premium commercial-free movie channels, the company's HD channels, and the associated Starz Entertainment subscription VOD offerings: Starz On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore On Demand and Encore HD On Demand.

Zeugma Develops Next Gen Broadband Service Delivery Router

Zeugma, a start-up based in Vancouver, Canada, unveiled its Zeugma Services Node (ZSN), a broadband edge aggregation device designed to help broadband operators identify, monitor, manage and customize service flows traversing their networks. Zeugma integrates routing, subscriber, and service management in a single platform powered by high-performance, multi-core packet processors. The system leverages a customized compute grid architecture and up to 520,000 DMIPS compute capacity to identify and monitor session flows on a highly granular per-subscriber, per-service basis.

According to Zeugma, a key part of the challenge in next gen broadband aggregation is finding ways to monetize the media-rich traffic being carried over the network, in particular, over-the-top (OTT) content from the likes of iTunes, Netflix, Hollywood studios, content delivery networks or other media outlets. To accomplish this, Zeugma is introducing an Open Application Sandbox (OAS) with APIs that give applications running on its platform the ability to continuously and dynamically modify the behavior of underlying deep packet inspection (DPI) functions and the dynamic bandwidth manager. This allows, for example, finely-targeted ad insertion, QOS-enhanced over the top (OTT) video, content and URL filtering, enhanced VOIP, active quality of experience (QOE) monitoring, and many other applications.

Zeugma's OAS not only provides APIs for system control functions but also provides a secure execution environment that isolates applications from external threats, from each other, and from critical system resources. Applications can be added, placed on-line, and taken off-line with impacting other applications or the ZSN itself. Zeugma provides a number of applications that can be run within the Zeugma OAS, including application (e.g., VOIP, VOD) driven QOS (ADQ), application-driven bandwidth (ADB), active VOIP and video quality of experience (QOE) monitoring, URL filtering, and others.

Zeugma is introducing two models of its service delivery router. A 14-slot version can be configured with up to thirteen Compute Blades (CBs) while a 6-slot model can accommodate up to five CBs. Each CB provides up to 40,000 DMIPS (Dhrystone millions of instructions per second) of processing capacity, yielding a system that scales to the cited 520,000 DMIPS figure. The ZSN dynamically load balances applications across all available CBs. CBs can be added or removed without impacting system performance and the compute grid will automatically expand and contract to optimize available resources.

For high-speed broadband aggregation, traffic forwarding, and deep packet inspection, Traffic Blades (TBs) are provided with either 10 x 1GE ports or 6 x 10GE ports. This provides up to 720 Gbps of unidirectional interface capacity on the larger chassis and 240 Gbps on the compact model.

Zeugma said it currently has active trials underway with a number of tier-one operators, including BT.
  • Zeugma Systems is led by Andrew Harries, co-founder, President and CEO and who previously co-founded Sierra Wireless Inc.; Siegfried Luft, founder, CTO and formerly a senior development executive at Redback Networks; Jeff Dillabough, VP Engineering, formerly at PMC-Sierra; Tom Meehan, VP product management, previously at Redback Networks; Wayne Shackelford, SVP Worldwide Sales, who formerly led sales at several startups and at Newbridge Networks USA; and Kevin Walsh, VP of Marketing, who previously was VP of Corporate Marketing at Calix.

  • In December 2007, Zeugma announced completion of its US$22.5 million Series B financing. The financing was led by new investor Vertex Venture Capital. The syndicate members include returning investors Granite Ventures, Ventures West, Yaletown Venture Partners, GrowthWorks Capital Ltd. and BDC Venture Capital, as well as new investors GTD Capital and BC Advantage Funds.

  • Zeugma currently has 100+ employees, with some of its development work carried out in India.

  • The name Zeugma refers to an ancient city located in the Gaziantep Province of Turkey that was named for the bridge of boats, or zeugma, which crossed the Euphrates there. During the Roman Empire, the city held strategic importance due to its location on the Silk Road.