Thursday, July 17, 2008

Virtela: The Virtual Network Model


1. Who
is Virtela?  What is a virtual network operator?

2. What is
Virtela's approach to managed services?

3. What
market segments are served by virtualized services?

What are the customer benefits?

How is the network actually deployed? 

6. Who
are your strategic technology partners?

Nokia Siemens Networks Refocuses R&D on DSL and Next Gen Optical access

Nokia Siemens Networks confirmed plans to limit its investment in GPON, saying it believes the mass market roll out of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is unlikely in the short term.

Instead, Nokia Siemens Networks plans to focus on DSL and next generation optical access (NGOA) technology, which it expects to play a leading role in the future FTTH market. The company also intends to introduce new products addressing the increasing deployment of FTTC/B.

"Fiber is progressing closer to the home with the focus today on fiber-to-the-curb or building with last mile connectivity based on proven DSL technology," said Christoph Caselitz, Nokia Siemens Networks Chief Market Operations Officer. "Our view is that mass market roll out of fiber-to-the-home is unlikely in the short term due to regulatory uncertainty and the operator's business cases. This will be different with the NGOA technology, where we will target to take a leading role."

OFS Increases Fiber Pricing Due to Energy and Raw Material Costs

OFS will raise the price of its optical fiber cable products immediately by up to 10 percent depending on their exposure to rising materials, energy, and transportation costs. The company said it continues to experience dramatic price increases of raw materials used in the manufacture of fiber cable such as polymer resins, aramid yarn and steel.

"Materials and energy costs have increased over 15 percent year over year, while transportation costs are up 7 to 10 percent," said Bill Kloss, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales, North America and CALA, at OFS. "These price increases are required to partially offset these unprecedented costs that we have absorbed over the last year."

Ericsson Supplies HSPA to Softbank in Japan

Ericsson was awarded a contract to expand and upgrade Softbank Mobile's HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) network in Japan. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide enhanced HSPA on new and existing base stations in the high traffic areas of Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. The deal also includes an extension of the Ericsson circuit and packet switched networks, a field maintenance service and a full turnkey service for the rollout of new base stations. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SOMA Raises $50 Million for its Mobile WiMAX

SOMA Networks, a start-up based in San Francisco, secured an additional $51 million of equity financing in an over-subscribed round. Investors include Daiwa Securities Group Inc.; Daiwa Securities SMBC Principal Investments Co. Ltd.; Ridgeway Capital Partners Ltd.; and India Knowledge Fund, a private equity fund of Japan-based SBI Holdings Inc. and SBICAPS; among others.

SOMA's "FlexMAX" Mobile WiMAX System includes base stations, multiple types of mobile station devices, advanced multi-antenna processing, capacity-boosting technology, integrated applications, network management and network gateways.

SOMA said the financing has been earmarked for continued expansion of international operations and deployments, including ongoing support of the industry's largest WiMAX network with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), India's state-owned telecommunications company.
  • Earlier this year, SOMA announced that India's Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Ltd (BSNL), had selected its platform for a mobile WiMAX rollout across three of India's fastest-growing telecom circles: Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, and Andhra Pradesh. SOMA said it was selected after extensive field trials in urban, suburban and rural areas. Based on the 802.16e-2005 standard, SOMA's Mobile WiMAX solution provides extended range and supports high subscriber density per sector.

Global Crossing Inaugurates Submarine Cable in Costa Rica

Global Crossing activated a new fiber-optic submarine cable in Esterillos of Parrita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The new cable connection is an extension of the Pan American Crossing (PAC), which connects the United States' west coast, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela and the Virgin Islands, in addition to the east coast of the United States, South America, Europe and Asia, via Global Crossing's other underwater cable systems. Global Crossing said the branch reaching Costa Rica has a design capacity of 256 STM1 equivalents, allowing for future increases in capacity as ICE's service requirements grow.

Alltel Rolls Out Rev A in Ohio

Alltel Wireless announced the launch of EVDO Revision A technology in Cleveland, Akron, Canton and neighboring areas, enabling customers to upload files five to 10 times faster than before.

Alltel said customers using Rev. A will experience average upload speeds of 500-800 Kbps with bursts up to 1.8 Mbps. Upload speeds on the company's existing broadband network average 50-70 Kbps, with bursts up to 144 Kbps, so the enhanced network will be five to 10 times faster.

Download speeds also will increase. Rev. A download speeds average 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps, with bursts up to 3.1 Mbps. By comparison, downloads on the existing broadband network average 400-700 Kbps with bursts up to 2.4 Mbps.

Iowa Telecom Acquires Bishop Communications

Iowa Telecommunications Services has acquired Bishop Communication, headquartered in Annandale, Minnesota for $43.9 million. Bishop Communications is a privately held holding company whose operations include the Lakedale Telephone Company, a rural telecommunications provider covering 378 square miles in central Minnesota.

Bishop Communications currently serves approximately 16,600 telephone access lines, 4,800 high-speed Internet customers and 3,800 video subscribers. For the year ended December 31, 2007, Bishop generated revenues of $19.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $5.7 million.

Iowa Telecom is the largest independent telephone company in Iowa and one of the twenty largest telephone companies in the nation.

One Minute Video: What is Broadband Bandwidth Management?

One Minute Video presented by James Brear, Procera Networks -- What is Broadband Bandwidth Management?

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One Minute Video: What is Multi-haul WDM?

One Minute Video presented by Oliver Jahreis, Nokia Siemens Networks -- What is Multi-haul WDM?

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