Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Nokia Siemens Networks Spins Out its OTN Team

Nokia Siemens Networks announced a deal with GIMV, a Belgian investment company specializing in private equity and venture capital, to spin-out its Open Transport Network (OTN) into an independent company. The newly formed company will be majority owned by GIMV and have approximately 80 employees.

Nokia Siemens Networks plans to continue to sell OTN products through direct channels and open up its Value Added Reseller network to OTN.http://www.nsn.com

Nortel Realigns 4G Strategy, Teams with Alvarion on WiMAX

Nortel announced a re-alignment of its 4G wireless broadband strategy including plans to focus its own wireless R&D resources on 4G LTE and wireless applications, while partnering with Alvarion to address WiMAX opportunities.

Nortel is targeting its 4G portfolio to capitalize on the rapidly growing market opportunities associated with wireless broadband - and to help operators meet these needs quickly," said Richard Lowe, president, Carrier Networks, Nortel. "WiMAX will provide fast, cost-effective coverage and mobile broadband capabilities for early movers in the wireless broadband market. LTE will provide the high-speed, high-capacity mobile broadband network evolution sought by many established network operators, allowing them to offer not only faster connections but also an enriched user experience that includes real-time services such as mobile TV, web services, mobile advertising, and carrier-hosted services for businesses."

The partnership with Alvarion features the integration of Alvarion's radio access network technology with Nortel's core network solutions, backhaul solutions, applications such as Nortel's number one carrier VoIP solution, and Nortel Global Services for WiMAX. The deal also covers the resale by Nortel of the Alvarion platform of WiMAX access products in order to form the end-to-end solution for customers. Alvarion's development of its portfolio of leading-edge WiMAX base stations will be accelerated by Nortel's contribution of resources, expertise, and funding to enhance the development of the joint solution. Both companies will also work together to perform Interoperability Testing (IOT). Alvarion will focus on device to network interoperability testing and Nortel will concentrate on the end-to-end network integration with the IP core, and applications. In order to incentivize the parties to engage in these activities, during the term of the agreement, Alvarion will be Nortel's exclusive supplier of WiMAX IEEE 802.16(e) 2X2/2X4 macro base stations and both parties have agreed to designate account leads in order to go to market in the most efficient and effective manner.

In addition, Nortel has appointed Scott Wickware as the general manager of WiMAX.http://www.nortel.comhttp://www.alvarion.com

KPN Selects RADCOM for Monitoring IMS Network

that KPN, the Netherlands' major telecom operator, has selected RADCOM's Omni-Q solution for end-to-end monitoring of its IMS network. Specifically, KPN will deploy the distributed system, based on RADCOM's new R70 probes, to facilitate fault management, service performance analysis, troubleshooting and pre-mediation.

Omni-Q offers the ability to correlate network-wide sessions involving TDM, VoIP and IMS protocols in a multi-vendor environment. KPN's new IMS platform is expected to replace the existing SS7 technology over the next few years.

KPN's selection of RADCOM comes in the wake of a successful Omni-Q deployment to monitor its extensive residential VoIP network, which has handled more than a million subscribers to date. http://www.radcom.com

Nortel Confirms Financial Guidance

Nortel reconfirmed its full year 2008 outlook. The company continues to expect:

  • Revenue to grow in the low single digits compared to 2007

  • Gross Margin to be about the business model target of 43 percent of revenue

  • Operating Margin as a percentage of revenue to increase by about 300 basis points compared to 2007

In addition, the company held a full day conference with the investment community. Some notes from the presentations (which are posted online):

  • In Unified Communications, Nortel claims 800+ customers

  • 13 wins in 40G

  • there have been 40+ wins in Carrier Ethernet

  • Nortel has made Verizon's short list for LTE

  • Nortel expects the LTE market to ramp to $400 million 2010. By 2011, the market should increase to $1.6 billion.

  • Nortel expects the WiMAX infrastructure market to reach $1.0 billion in 2008 and to grow to $3.2 billion in 2011.

Verizon Selects Nortel's Metro Ethernet Routing and PBB

Verizon Telecom has selected Nortel's Metro Ethernet Routing Switch (MERS 8600) to expand its metro Ethernet backbone.
The platform provides Provider Backbone Bridge (PBB) technology, MPLS related technology, and the Metro Ethernet Manager (MEM) system. Verizon will be testing all the MERS technologies in its laboratories for use with its Ethernet-based networks, including the Switched Ethernet Services (SES) network. The Nortel solution also includes Ethernet OAM technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nortel's said its PBB-based solution helps address scalability challenges in metro Ethernet. Additionally, fault monitoring allows rapid troubleshooting to meet strict Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and ensures a better customer experience.

Nortel noted that more than 30 customers around the globe selected its Carrier Ethernet solution in 2007, including, Dakota Carrier Network, Frontier Communications, Silk telecom, groupe-e, and Shanghai Telecom, among others. http://www.nortel.com

Fujitsu Announces Connection-Oriented Ethernet Transport based on PBB-TE

Fujitsu Network Communications announced Provider Backbone Bridging with Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE) support for their newly announced FLASHWAVE CDS and existing FLASHWAVE 9500 packet optical networking platforms. PBB-TE fits into the metro aggregation network where it serves the critical need of collecting and backhauling Ethernet circuits from access locations back to the multi-service edge, which is the gateway to the backbone IP/MPLS network. The Fujitsu packet optical networking platforms allow service providers to create a distributed, connection-oriented Ethernet aggregation and transport infrastructure that natively delivers Ethernet private line and virtual private line services, and backhauls Ethernet traffic to the IP service edge.

Fujitsu is positioning circuit-based PBB-TE technology as a complement to routed IP/MPLS technology rather than as a replacement. Fujitsu said PBB-TE is well-suited for this backhaul application because it matches the circuit-based operational approach of the metro network, supports the hub-and-spoke nature of the traffic demand, and enables the remote deployment of software-simple elements to funnel Ethernet traffic back to the more complex IP/MPLS routed core.

By integrating PBB-TE, also known as IEEE standard 802.1Qay, into the Fujitsu packet optical networking portfolio, service providers can construct a single universal optical infrastructure that aggregates both traditional TDM traffic and Ethernet traffic over a tightly integrated ROADM transport layer. Networks designed around packet optical networking platforms and PBB-TE make efficient use of metro wavelengths, conserve costly router ports when providing Ethernet-based access to IP services, and eliminate redundant network elements and associated cost.

"PBB-TE is an ideal technology for building Ethernet infrastructure because it delivers not only the connection performance levels that have been missing in service provider networks, but it does so in a way that is completely consistent with the simple, circuit-centric operational approach used in metro aggregation and transport networks," said Rod Naphan, vice president of product and strategic planning at Fujitsu Network Communications. "PBB-TE provides the option to push sophistication to a centralized management system while allowing network element software on distributed elements to remain simple and easy to operate."

Fujitsu also noted that the patented universal switching fabric in its FLASHWAVE 9500 platform switches PBB-TE transport tunnels as easily as it switches SONET connections, allowing for full grooming of all Ethernet transport tunnels across the full bandwidth of the system to maximize efficiency. This switching flexibility eliminates the need for stacking a subtended Ethernet service element for aggregation functionality, which creates significant capital and operational cost savings at hub locations. The tight integration between the universal switch fabric and the pluggable ROADM cards on the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform bring Ethernet aggregation to a WDM network within a single network element. The FLASHWAVE CDS two-slot chassis approach provides optional PBB-TE tunnel origination at customer locations and economical homing to the packet optical network.http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom

BroadLight Award Patent for Native Service Transport Over PON

BroadLight has been awarded a patent for natively transporting voice and data over Passive Optical Networks (PONs). This patent, which was filed in 2002 with a Foreign Application Priority Data in 2001, defined the infrastructure for a PON frame length of 125usec which led to an overall decrease in deployment costs, increase in bandwidth and improvement in quality of service for the triple play. BroadLight said its patent describes a method of how to natively transport services such as voice and data over PON. This method eliminates the need to convert services into a single protocol at the transmitting end and then having to convert them back to their original service type at the receiving end. http://www.broadlight.com

Salira Develops Multi-wavelength PON, DOCSIS-over-PON

Salira Systems, which offers an MEF-certified EPON platform, has unveiled a multi-wavelength EPON solution that enables carriers to quadruple their PON capacity using CWDM, and a DOCSIS-over-EPON ("DePON") solution that will enable cable operators migrate from an HFC architecture to FTTx while maintaining their existing DOCSIS and OSS operating procedures.

Salira's Multi-Wavelength PON (or "MW-PON") solution enables carriers and operators to quadruple the bandwidth capacity of existing fiber networks. Salira's solution uses an implementation of CWDM to increase bandwidth capacity from 1 Gbps to 4 Gbps on each fiber feeder without any upgrades to the outside plant. On the CPE side, Salira uses SFP modules for the specific wavelength.

Salira's new DePON provides symmetrical capacity of up to 4Gbps per fiber feeder. Cable operators might use the architecture to grow their residential customer base in greenfield applications while they simultaneously compete for a larger share of the commercial market. DePON would coexist with existing DOCSIS-based systems such that cable operators can opportunistically implement solutions that best fit the requirements of varying deployment types.

Compared with CWDM implementations, Salira said its point-to-multipoint solutions are far more economical than point-to-point configurations. Furthermore, point-to-point CWDM solutions require their own network management systems. In contrast, Salira's DePON system allows one pre-existing OSS to control both residential and commercial deployments simultaneously. All current billing and maintenance systems are unchanged, and there is no need to re-train network operators familiar with DOCSIS. Furthermore, as the 10Gbps EPON standards are ratified, operators will be able to increase bandwidth capacity and expand service offerings accordingly without any changes to the fiber plant or the management platform.

MW-PON and DePON can be used together to leverage the benefits of both solutions in one implementation.http://www.salira.com
  • Salira, which was founded in 2000, was acquired by Hitachi in 2005.

  • More than 200,000 subscribers are currently being served by Salira's EPON platform.