Wednesday, June 18, 2008

MRV Releases LambdaDriver OPN1600 MPLS Optical Packet

MRV Communications introduced a new LambdaDriver OPN1600 blade that combines packet switching with optical transport for carriers migrating to next-generation hybrid packet-optical networks.

The LambdaDriver OPN1600 is a packet optical transport network (POTN) solution that supports both multi-degree ROADM and optical-electronic-optical (OEO) cross connect functionality in the same solution. This capability is integrated with LambdaDriver's support for services ranging from T1/E1 to 40 Gbps WDM in the same wavelength-switching chassis.

In addition, the LambdaDriver supports both TDM transport and Metro Ethernet connection-oriented packet traffic simultaneously with advanced traffic management. It enables a smooth migration from SONET/SDH to Metro Ethernet optical transport networks.

The new OPN1600-8C2 module has eight Gigabit Metro Ethernet transport ports for network access connections. These ports can set any-to-any mapping policy to two 10GE LAN/WAN Metro MPLS transport uplinks. The dual 10GE uplink interfaces support IEEE802.3ae-compliant 10GE WAN mode for bi-directional 10GE transmission over SONET/SDH (OC192/STM-64). This solution provides end-to-end data transmission over local-, regional- and metropolitan-area fiber-optic networks with a direct connection to SONET/SDH using corresponding rate and framing.

The OPN1600-8C2 module offers multi-layer SLA management from physical-layer light paths to packet level QoS, ensuring end-to-end visibility for transport and packet services under the same unified control plane. This integration brings outstanding service flexibility in network design and improved SLAs for service providers.

MRV said its OPN1600 enables end-to-end optical & packet mapping with sub 50ms recovery time and 99.999% availability.

MRV Debuts Carrier Aggregation Platform with Packet-to-Optical Service Mapping

MRV Communications introduced its OptiSwitch OS9124-410G, a packet optical aggregation platform that combines reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexing (ROADM), packet switching and generalized-MPLS (GMPLS) to deliver complete packet-to-optical service mapping in a single device.

MRV's first-mile Metro Ethernet access/aggregation platform offers 10 Gbps WDM ports and can provision enhanced Ethernet/IP/MPLS services across a WDM transport using a unified control plane. The GMPLS-based control plane of the OS9124 is able to make physical-layer switching decisions based on information at layer 2, 3 or 4 of the IP stack. This platform is aimed at the carrier-class auto-reconfigurable packet optical transport network (POTN) market.

The 2RU-high OptiSwitch OS9124-410G includes 24 predefined lasers for high-speed rates of 2.5 Gbps or 1Gbps and up to four tunable lasers for 10G DWDM wavelength services. Additionally, it offers built-in signal reshaping, retiming and retransmitting functionality for increased and optimized distance, service classification and connection-oriented mapping that enable any-to-any service stitching and comprehensive mesh technology. Like all OptiSwitch devices, the OS9124-410G offers a complete suite of OAM services, including multilayer end-to-end service and advanced fiber performance monitoring.

MRV said that through the use of a converged, automated GMPLS control plane and reconfigurable multi-degree OEO-switched ROADM data plane, its platform can reduce network operations expenses. It can perform auto-discovery of network topology, advertise resource availability and establish/maintain protected and traffic-engineered optical paths with holistic view of the service from physical layer up to service layer.

Alloptic Debuts Modular ONT for Business and Backhaul

Alloptic introduced a modular ONT designed for business and backhaul applications.

The Alloptic Xgen9000 unit offers four expansion ports to deliver up to 20 T1/E1 circuits and 24 voice lines along with 17 Ethernet ports and RF video control. All modules are hot-swappable, and redundant optical network ports are available for high-availability SLA requirements.

Spirent Leads Formation of the Test Automation Alliance (TAA)

Spirent Communications announced the formation of the Test Automation Alliance (TAA), an ecosystem of testing companies focused improving productivity across the entire telecom product development and service deployment life cycle.

The alliance offers a unique framework called Automation Continuum which integrates test automation technologies such as lab management, configuration management, test authoring and test management.

Members of this Spirent led alliance include EdenTree Technologies, FanFare and MRV.

New Edge to Sell DSL-Based MPLS Via Selected Providers

New Edge Networks, the business communications unit of EarthLink plans to begin selling through selected communications network providers its service for prioritizing business data communications traffic over DSL access using up to five MPLS classes of service.

New Edge said it is evaluating strategic partnerships based on sales volume commitments, distribution models and market focus.

To introduce MPLS over DSL, New Edge installed carrier-class gateway switches at various regional aggregation points around the country. The multi-million-dollar network infrastructure investment also helps New Edge expand network capacity, improve service and add traffic routing diversity.

Harmonic's Universal EdgeQAM Deployed by Korea's Hanaro Telecom

Korea's Hanaro Telecom has deployed Harmonic's Narrowcast Services Gateway (NSG) 9000 universal edgeQAMs to increase bandwidth offered to cable subscribers. Hanaro's wideband DOCSIS 2.0B modular cable modem termination system (M-CMTS) service with channel bonding, capable of delivering 150 Mbps or more, is fully operational.

Harmonic said the NSG 9000's integrated DOCSIS 3.0 timing interface (DTI), which maximizes channel capacity by enabling clock synchronization in M-CMTS applications, was a critical factor in Hanaro's decision.

Sun Microsystems Enhances Open Source Database Platform for Telcos

Sun Microsystems released MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition 6.3, the latest version of its high-availability open source database, especially designed and certified for use in carrier grade telecom environments, such as Subscriber Data Management systems (HLR, HSS) and in Service Delivery Platforms. This new release enables Service Providers and Network Equipment Providers to deploy larger database applications and provide data availability across geographies in case of site-level failure.

MySQL Cluster is available under the open source GPL license for a range of popular operating systems, including Solaris, RHEL and SUSE Linux, and Mac OS X.

Verizon Landline Network Weathering Floods in Midwest

Verizon's landline telecommunications network in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin has held up well throughout the storms, according to the company. Customer repair reports to Verizon have been running from two to six times normal as customers in the five-state region return to their homes and businesses and assess the damage.

iTunes Store Renting & Selling Over 50,000 Movies Per Day

Apple's iTunes Store has sold over 5 billion songs to date. iTunes now has a music catalog with over eight million songs. Also, iTunes customers are now renting and purchasing over 50,000 movies every day, making iTunes the world's most popular online movie store, according to the company.

iTunes currently offers over 20,000 TV episodes and over 2,000 films, including over 350 in HD.

Polycom selects TI's VoIP technology

Polycom has selected Texas Instuments' digital signal processing (DSP) technology to power its new SoundPoint IP 670 desktop phone.

Polycom's SoundPoint IP 670 is an application-enabled desktop SIP phone with a high-performance color display, HD voice technology and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

Greek Parliament approves Deutsche Telekom's OTE Deal

The Greek Parliament in Athens has approved the agreement between the Greek State and Deutsche Telekom. The agreement is still subject to the necessary regulatory and antitrust approvals. The Greek Inter-Ministerial Privatization Committee and the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG had already approved the transaction. The closing of the transaction is expected during the second half of the year.

Former Nortel Execs Charged with Fraud

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) filed criminal charges against Frank Dunn, the former CEO of Nortel; Douglas Beatty, the former CFO of Nortel; and Michael Gollogly, the former Corporate Controller of Nortel.

The RCMP allege that Dunn, Beatty and Gollogly fraudulently misstated the financial results of Nortel. The RCMP further alleges that Dunn, Beatty and Gollogly made false entries and omitted materials particular in the books and documents in regards to the financial results of Nortel. The charges also allege that Dunn, Beatty and Gollogly circulated or published a statement or an account whether or not it was written or oral, knowing that it was false in a material particular, with the intent to deceive or defraud the members, shareholders or creditors of Nortel Networks Corporation. All of the charges pertain to the fiscal time period between January 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003, and allege that the financial statements of Nortel during this time period were misstated.