Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sprint to Employ Mformation for WiMAX Device Management

Sprint has selected Mformation Technologies' mobile device management (MDM) solution to provide seamless device management capabilities for new WiMAX-capable mobile devices as part of the XOHM WiMAX mobile broadband initiative.

Device management ensures that WiMAX devices can be remotely activated and provisioned irrespective of their source, ensuring they work seamlessly and deliver a true mobile Internet experience. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specifically, Sprint will use Mformation's advanced MDM technology to remotely activate, configure, diagnose, update, secure and manage a diverse fleet of WiMAX-capable devices throughout all phases of their lifecycle. This will ensure that services and applications are delivered smoothly across Sprint's WiMAX network, helping the company make the most of their WiMAX investments.

Mformation's integrated MDM platform supports Sprint's current CDMA device portfolio and offers the flexibility to evolve to support new network types, devices and value-added services. Mformation noted that it currently supports more than 1,400 devices across any mobile network type.
  • In April 2008, Mformation Technologies extended its product portfolio for new WiMAX-capable devices. The goal is to remotely activate, configure, diagnose, update, secure and manage WiMAX-capable devices through all phases of their life cycle.

    Mformation's MDM technology is currently being used to support over 100 million devices on some the leading mobile networks worldwide.

    Mformation said the user requirements for device management will be much the same regardless of whether they are connected to an all-IP WiMAX network or a cellular network (including CDMA, CDMA 2000, GSM, GPRS, UMTS, WCDMA, HSPA). Regardless of what network their subscribers are using at any given point in time, service providers still need to configure services, remotely activate users, get a real-time view of devices, distribute and update applications and firmware, secure devices and data, and monitor service availability and performance.

Ariston Global to Acquire ACE*COMM, Taking it Private

Ariston Global, a portfolio company of the private equity firm Spire Capital Partners, agreed to acquire ACE*COMM for $19,500,000, less deductions for the repurchase of ACE*COMM's senior secured convertible notes, amounts associated with the repurchase of outstanding warrants, transaction expenses, and change in control expenses. The resulting per share merger consideration is expected to be in the range of $0.54 and $0.56. This represents a premium of roughly 54% to 60% over the closing price of the company's shares on July 11, 2008.

ACE*COMM is a global provider of advanced operations support systems (OSS) and service delivery solutions for telecommunications service providers and enterprises. ACE*COMM's advanced OSS solutions are applicable to a range of legacy through next-generation networks that include wired, wireless, voice, data, multimedia and Internet communications networks. The company claims more than 300 customers, spanning more than 4,000 installations in 70 countries worldwide.

Companies within the Ariston Global group include mediation pioneer TeleSciences; The Strata Group, which provides self-care and provisioning solutions; business analytics specialist 10e Solutions; and Interactive Enterprise, which provides service provisioning and management principally in the cable and satellite broadband sectors.

Taiwan's Chunghwa Works with NSN on 3G Upgrade

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom has awarded a EUR 72 million contract to Nokia Siemens Networks for a 3G network upgrade project aimed at facilitating speeds of up to 2 Mbps in the uplink and 14 Mbps in the downlink.

Specifically, Chunghwa Telecom will trial Nokia Siemens Networks' Internet High Speed Access (I-HSPA) network. Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy its Flexi Base Station and mobile softswitching solutions, along with a high capacity/connectivity RNC and packet core solution, including CombiSGSN and FlexiISN, to boost the overall High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) performance of the network. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will continue to rollout its IP backhaul solution, to further reduce traditional transmission costs. With deliveries starting immediately, the project, which includes network implementation and design, optimization, systems integration and maintenance services, will be completed by July 2009.

BT to Install New Cisco ASR 1000 Aggregation Services Routers

BT Global Services intends to deploy the new Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers. BT Global Services has been involved in testing the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers prior to the product's launch in March this year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The new Cisco Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000 is powered by a 40-core "QuantumFlow" processor and designed for massive scalability in packet intelligence in both service provider and enterprise networks. It packs up to 20 million packet per second (PPS) forwarding rate performance in a compact single router platform. As such, the ASR 1000 could be used to consolidate a number of networking appliances, including firewall, IPSec VPNs, deep-packet inspection (DPI) and Session Border Controllers (SBC). Over 42 patents were filed on the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 1000 Series.

Cisco is offering three versions of the platform: a 3-slot chassis with up to 15MPPS performance, an 8-slot version with up to 20MMPS, and a 12-slot version with up to 20MMPS. The two larger systems are 40G ready. Cisco also named several early customers of the ASR 1000, including NTT, Lufthansa Systems, and Wachovia.

Juniper Unveils its Next Gen WAN Application Acceleration Platforms

Juniper Networks unveiled its next generation WXC application acceleration platforms -- the WXC 1800, WXC 2600 and WXC 3400 appliances -- featuring higher disk capacities and performance in a smaller form factor.

The platforms are designed for helping businesses increase the efficiency of their existing WAN resources and improve application response times by providing a more LAN-like experience for branch office users accessing centralized applications.

Target applications include those leveraging TCP, UDP, MAPI, CIFS and HTTP/S. The Juniper WAN acceleration platforms deliver rich functionality such as QoS, content distribution and policy-based multipath along with an integrated configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting application. In addition, the WXC platforms seamlessly integrate application acceleration with Juniper's routing, switching and security technologies. The new platforms use software that fully automates provisioning and management tasks, which provide the network and application visibility to help deliver applications exactly as intended.

Juniper said its WXC platforms improve application performance over the WAN by recognizing and eliminating redundant transmissions, accelerating TCP and application-specific protocols, prioritizing and allocating access to bandwidth and ensuring high application availability at sites with multiple WAN links. On-board hard drives provide support for Network Sequence Caching, which enable the devices to store repeated data patterns, and can produce up to a 100-fold increase in effective WAN capacity. The new appliances can accelerate WAN traffic up to 2 Mbps for the WXC 1800--typically deployed at small to medium branch offices; up to 8 Mbps for the WXC 2600--typically deployed at medium to large branch offices and small data centers; and up to 45 Mbps for the WXC 3400 - typically deployed at higher speed remote locations, head office or data centers.

ECI Shows GPON with a High Bandwidth Network Processor

At the Broadband World Forum Asia Conference in Hong Kong, ECI Telecom, will showcase its high-bandwidth GPON optical line termination (OLT) with a built-in network processor . The next-gen GPON OLT features a built-in network processor in the GPON line card. The integrated network processor provides operators with unique service-enabling intelligence, such as advanced quality of service and security. It also allows for added flexibility, easily adapting to different network designs while providing system agility with the processing headroom for future upgrades.

ECI's Hi-FOCuS MSAN family simultaneously supports xDSL, VoIP and fiber access services in a single platform. The product family is part of ECI's recently announced 1Net offering, a comprehensive framework focusing on the optimized transition to next-generation networks, through the unique combination of multi-functional network equipment, fully integrated solutions and a suite of professional services to provide customers the highest level of support as they evolve their networks.

A10 Networks Secures $23 Million for its Web Balancers

A10 Networks, a start-up based in San Jose, California with offices in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan, secured $23 million in Series C funding for its Web Application Delivery solutions.

Since the beginning of 2008, A10 said it has won over 100 new customers for its AX Series Advanced Traffic Manager family, which are server load balancers, EX Series bandwidth management appliances with identity and ID Series network identity management appliances.

The new funding, which was led by Mitsui & Co. Ltd., brings A10's total funding to $39 million. Existing investors Mitsui, Triton Ventures, H&Q/Asian Pacific, Harbinger Venture and Enspire Capital contributed 89 percent of the C funding.
  • Earlier this month, A10 Networks announced a contract to supply its AX Series server load balancers for "Hikari-TV," a video-to-television distribution service provided by NTT Plala Inc. The company said its AX Series was selected because it meets the IPv6 and high performance requirements for accommodating anticipated growth in the number of users. The load balancers feature an Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS) tuned for multi-core CPUs and offer Layer 4-7 capabilities, RAM caches, and SSL.

comScore: 12 Billion Videos Viewed Online in US in May 2008

U.S. Internet users viewed more than 12 billion online videos during May 2008, according to comScore, representing an increase of 45 percent versus year ago.

In May, Google Sites once again ranked as the top U.S. video property with 4.2 billion videos viewed (representing a 35 percent share of all videos viewed), with accounting for more than 98 percent of all videos viewed at the property. Fox Interactive Media ranked second with 778 million videos (6.4 percent), gaining 1.3 share points versus April. Yahoo! Sites ranked third with 347 million (2.9 percent), followed by Microsoft Sites with 246 million (2.0 percent)., a joint venture of NBC and Fox featuring full-length broadcast TV programs, debuted in the tenth position with 88 million videos being viewed (0.7 percent).

Some other key findings:

  • Nearly 142 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 85 videos per viewer in May.

  • 74 percent of the total U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.

  • The average online video viewer watched 228 minutes of video.

  • 82.2 million viewers watched 4.1 billion videos on (50.4 videos per viewer).

  • 54.8 million viewers watched 703 million videos on (12.8 videos per viewer).

  • 6.8 million viewers watched 88 million videos on (13.0 videos per viewer).

  • The duration of the average online video was 2.7 minutes.

COLT Selects Sonus Networks for its Next Generation Network

COLT has selected Sonus Networks to deliver the core IP-voice infrastructure for the next phase of its next-generation network (NGN) deployment. COLT, which delivers data, voice and managed services in 100 cities in 13 countries across Europe, is deploying a complete edge to edge Sonus IP-based session control network with gateways in six major European cities.

The solution includes centralized routing, and session border security for IP access and peering. The network is operational in London, Frankfurt and Paris and will extend to Zurich, Milan and Madrid by the end of summer 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.

COLT will deploy the complete Sonus solution, including the ASX Access Server, GSX9000, the Network Border Switch (NBS), PSX Call Routing Server, SGX Signaling Gateway, and the Sonus Insight Management System.http://www.sonusnet.com

iPhone App Store Downloads Top 10 Million in First Weekend

Apple iPhone and iPod touch users downloaded more than 10 million applications from the new App Store since its launch late last week, according to the company. The selection of applications ranges from games to location-based social networking to medical applications to enterprise productivity tools. The company noted that more than 800 native applications are now available on the App Store, with more than 200 offered for free and more than 90 percent priced at less than $10.

"The App Store is a grand slam, with a staggering 10 million applications downloaded in just three days," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.

Apple also noted the sale of one million iPhone 3G units over the first weekend of availability. iPhone 3G is now available in 21 countries -- Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the US -- and will go on sale in France on July 17.

UTStarcom Wins IPTV Deal with India's Aksh Optifibre

UTStarcom announced a contract to supply its RollingStream IPTV solution to Aksh Optifibre, a leading optical fibre cable manufacturer in India. The company produces a variety of cables, including singlemode and multimode cables; duct cables; armored and aerial cables; indoor and outdoor cables; and ribbon fiber optic cables. Aksh was one of the first companies in India to set up its own fiber optic manufacturing units. The company is now targeting IPTV services in India. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Aksh originally selected UTStarcom in early 2007 to deliver the first commercial IPTV service in India through Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) in Delhi. The current contract helps Aksh extend its reach and deliver the same high-quality IPTV services to subscribers of MTNL in Mumbai, India.

Aksh announced the launch of its IPTV and VoIP services in Mumbai on the MTNL network in March 2008, as an expansion to the initial launch of these services on the MTNL Delhi network in July 2007.