Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sprint Selects DragonWave for XOHM Wireless Backhaul

Sprint has selected DragonWave's IP backhaul solutions for its XOHM-branded WiMAX mobile-broadband services in North America.

Specifically, DragonWave's Horizon Compact and Horizon Duo products will be deployed initially in the Baltimore/Washington and Chicago markets. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DragonWave's native Ethernet radios will provide Sprint's XHOM network with carrier-grade reliability, capacity, throughput and Quality of Service (QoS) for backhauling 4G traffic. The Horizon products provide software controlled scalability, ultra-low latency, wire-speed connectivity up to 1.6 Gbps full duplex, 99.999% service availability and a full suite of network management options.

"We are progressing with our deployment of the XOHM mobile broadband network using WiMAX technology and we will include wireless backhaul in our first launch markets" said Doug Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Operations Officer of Sprint's XOHM business unit.http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

Sycamore Optical Switch Completes DISA Joint Interoperability Assessment Testing

Sycamore Networks' SN 9000 Intelligent Multiservice Switch has successfully completed interoperability testing with the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC). JITC assessment and approval is required for systems intended to participate in US Department of Defense networks.

The SN 9000 joins other Sycamore optical switching solutions -- including the previously certified SN 16000, SN 3000, and SILVX Network Management System -- in successfully completing JITC interoperability testing. By reaching this milestone with the SN9000, Sycamore has strengthened its position as an established provider of JITC-approved, core-to-edge optical switching solutions.

Sycamore's SN 9000 brings important new functionality to multiservice switching -- including unique bandwidth capacity licensing, service modularity, and any-service, any-port features -- in the 80-320 Gbps bandwidth range. It is designed to cost-effectively integrate multiple functions in a single, highly-compact system that can include low-order (VT/VC) and high-order (OC-n/STM-n) switching, add-drop multiplexing, advanced Ethernet services, and integrated optical transport.


Opnext to Acquire StrataLight for 40G

Opnext agreed to acquire privately held StrataLight Communications, a supplier of 40 Gbps line-side optical subsystems and advanced dispersion compensation modules for the communications industry. StrataLight Communications has shipped more than 2,500 units to its customers so far. The company is headquartered in Los Gatos, CA and has more than 200 employees.

Under the terms of the agreement, Opnext will acquire StrataLight for a total consideration of approximately 26.55 million common shares and $30 million in cash. Based on Opnext's closing share price of $5.35 on July 8, 2008, this represents a value of approximately $172 million. Upon completion of the acquisition, StrataLight Communications' shareholders will own approximately 29 percent of the combined company.

"Through this acquisition, Opnext will provide a complete 40G solution, which we believe will make us the market leader in 40G. Opnext is known for one of the most comprehensive and best performing product portfolios in the marketplace and now, by incorporating StrataLight's leading 40G line-side products into our portfolio, we will be able to address both the line- and client-sides, significantly expanding our addressable market," said Harry Bosco, President and CEO of Opnext.http://www.opnext.comhttp://www.stratalight.com

TIA Predicts Global Telecom Revenue to Hit $5 Trillion in 2011

Global telecommunications revenue is projected to hit nearly $5 trillion by 2011, with growing demand for high-volume data applications driving both business and consumer markets, according to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

TIA also announced today that it is working with TelecomView, a strategic analysis firm for the telecommunications industry, to create a series of forecasts for the year 2020.

In November 2008, TIA will publish the ICT2020 Brief that will define the best practices for service providers in the year 2020 and will give examples of companies today that have already made significant progress along this path. The ICT2020 Analysis will be published in February 2009 and will provide an extensive analysis of the progress being made toward the standard defined in the ICT2020 Brief. http://www.tiaonline.org

Huawei-Symantec Selects RMI's Multi-core Multi-threaded Processors

Huawei-Symantec, a joint venture formed to develop leading-edge security and storage appliances, will use RMI's multi-core multi-threaded processors for its storage and security appliances, including the USG9000 and the USG6000. Huawei-Symantec also announced the introduction of the Joint Venture's first unified security gateway device.

The Huawei-Symantec joint venture was announced in May 2007 between Huawei Technologies and Symantec to develop and distribute security and storage appliances to global telecommunications carriers and enterprises.http://www.RMICorp.com

OKI Launches “Visual Nexus�? Video Conference System

Oki Electric Industry introduced the latest version of its video conferencing system. The Visual Nexus offers enhanced functions for large-scale operation and includes a multi-tenant function that enables video conferences to be operated via application service providers. Specifically, OKI has added the following three functions to Visual Nexus ( ver3.2-3):

  • Enhancements enabling up to 5,000 users and devices to be managed on the video conference system. Up to 1000 devices to be connected simultaneously to the gatekeeper.

  • Functions to disperse server load. This averages out overall system load by identifying, from among multiple servers, the one with the least connection load and automatically allocates connections for individual devices.

  • Multi-tenant function to enable ASP operations. The number of service providers offering application services, including Saas, is expected to increase going forward. Application service providers need to minimize their capex and system management load by sharing a system with multiple tenants (companies). With the multi-tenant function, providers can set dedicated tenants for each user on a single system, which can then be managed independently. The system can thus be shared while maintaining security among tenants.

Digitel Philippines Selects Ceragon for Wireless Backhaul

Digitel Mobile Philippines has again selected Ceragon Networks' FibeAir wireless backhaul solutions as part of its network upgrade to provide 3G data and multimedia services based on IP technology. This order totaling over $3.5 million, follows several successful deployments of Ceragon's wireless backhaul solution for DMPI over the past years.http://www.ceragon.com

ShoreTel Granted Two Patents in Unified Communications

ShoreTel has been granted two new U.S. patents in the area of unified communications.

The first, (US Patent 7,379,540) covers server backup capabilities across distributed IP telephony systems, increasing the survivability and fault tolerance of managing and routing voice calls over the IP network (LAN/WAN).

The second (US Patent 7,386,114) covers techniques for collecting and sharing information when multiple switches or servers are involved in a call.

ShoreTel said the patented technologies are part of its integrated system that scales seamlessly from 10 to tens of thousands of users. ShoreTel's unique architecture, which allows call processing to be distributed across multiple sites, switches, and servers, pulls information together from many sources to present call details for applications such as call accounting. Independent of device or location.http://www.shoretel.com

Xeround Secures $16 Million for Intelligent Data Grid

Xeround, a start-up based in Bellevue, Washington, closed $16 million in Series B funding for its development of a distributed data grid with virtualization capabilities. The company has R&D operations in Israel.

Xeround has developed a live, scalable Intelligent Data Grid, which is a cloud computing database with data virtualization capabilities. With Xeround's offerings, applications no longer need to know where data resides or if it is being managed with relational, hierarchical or object models. Now, applications get access to data in whatever format is needed -- wherever it's needed.

The new funding was led by Ignition Partners and Trilogy Partnership. Also participating in the round were existing investors Benchmark Capital and Giza Venture Capital.


Corvil Secures $12 Million for Network Latency Mgt for Financials

Corvil, a start-up based in Dublin, Ireland, secured $12 million in a new round of funding for its work in latency management systems aimed at the financial community. Corvil will use the new financing to expand its capabilities to meet the demands of global investment banks, hedge funds, ECNs, exchanges, and network service providers seeking the lowest possible latency for high performance trading.

Corvil was founded in 2000 to address difficult challenges in network performance and optimization brought about by increasing sensitivity of modern networked applications to latency. These challenges included microburst detection and real-time determination of the bandwidth required to meet pre-specified service quality levels for networked applications.

In the new funding round, Vesbridge Partners joined existing investors ACT Ventures and APAX Partners.http://www.corvil.com
  • In October 2007 Corvil announced that the London Stock Exchange had deployed the CorvilNet solution to help achieve low-latency in LSE's access network and record performance levels for its new trading system, called TradElect. In November, 2007 Corvil announced that Deutsche Borse Systems deployed CorvilNet to ensure the success of Deutsche Borse Group's Eurex market data service to significantly enhance support of algorithmic trading. In June, 2008 Corvil announced that Credit Suisse has selected CorvilNet(TM) for a global network deployment. Corvil teamed with BT to deliver a best-in-class solution for latency management and optimization of the Credit Suisse network.

Verizon Signs Big Ten Network for FiOS TV

Verizon will make Big Ten Network available in both standard definition and high definition over its FiOS TV service. The Big Ten is the nation's oldest major athletic conference, and its universities boast more than 4 million alumni nationwide.
Big Ten Network produces sports video content and covered more than 400 live events in its first year.

Since launching FiOS TV in September 2005, Verizon has signed up more than 1.2 million customers. The company said it now ranks as the nation's ninth-largest video distributor.

WildBlue Upgrades Its Satellite Internet Network

WildBlue Communications has completed a series of hardware and software system upgrades that have increased its total network capacity by more than 150,000 additional customers since the beginning of 2008. The upgrades bring WildBlue's total network capacity to over 640,000 customers, with capacity available throughout the entire country.

WildBlue said its most recent upgrade involves the addition of enhanced transmission link hardware and software technologies that enable transmission of 50 percent more information bits through the same existing radio link. As a result, an increase of nearly 50 percent in capacity is realized in beams that were previously upstream (return path) constrained.

WildBlue estimates that there are over 11 million households in areas throughout the United States where DSL or cable broadband services are not available and that over 7.5 million of these households are still accessing the Internet through a traditional dial-up connection.http://www.wildblue.com