Thursday, July 24, 2008

Meru Networks Develops "RF Barrier" to Defend WLAN Perimeters

Meru Networks introduced IEEE 802.11-based "RF Barrier" technology for proactively defending wireless networks against eavesdroppers and "parking lot" attackers who attempt to record and observe network traffic from outside a building's perimeter. The system uses specially adapted WLAN radio at the network's edge to block specific radio-frequency (RF) signals from the corporate network as they exit the building, without disrupting internal WLAN operation. This limits an attacker's ability to eavesdrop on data and perform offline analysis.

Meru's RF Barrier is formed by placing the company's wireless access point along the inside perimeter of a building, and an advanced external antenna outside the perimeter. RF Barrier technology inspects the traffic in real time to determine which part belongs to the WLAN (and is therefore designated as sensitive) and uses the external antenna to block outbound traffic at the RF layer. Would-be attackers are limited in their ability to see useful packet information about the internal network. Because RF Barrier uses directional antennas and selective enforcement technology, it has no impact on signals within the building or from other networks.

RF Barrier builds on Meru's existing security solution, which provides security across all four of the major areas subject to active wireless threats: perimeter defense, connection defense, network defense and remote threat defense. Other components of the Meru security portfolio are:

  • Rogue prevention, which detects and identifies rogues based on the wired network to which a rogue is connected as well as its over-the-air signaling.

  • AirFirewall, based on Meru physical security technology that can eliminate, rather than just contain or mitigate, rogue access points and evil twins attackers

  • Per-user, per-application stateful firewall to allow policy enforcement based on both the user's identity and the nature of the traffic

  • Signature-based firewalling, for enforcing policies on peer-to-peer applications such as Skype, as well as application flows within end-to-end encrypted VPN tunnels

  • Location-based policy enforcement, which implements security decisions based on the location from which an unauthorized user is accessing the network

  • Voice and video security, which prevent the introduction of local or network-wide vulnerabilities in the presence of voice, video or heavy data traffic

  • FIPS 140-2-certified algorithms, with military-grade encryption and key negotiation, including EAP-TLS and AES-CCMP using 802.11i

  • Secure remote access points, which extend enterprise security policies and network to the home offices of telecommuters and hotel rooms for mobile employees.

SingTel Signs Major US studios for Early Content Release

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has signed deals with three major U.S. studios -- Disney-ABC International Television, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution - that will make it possible for its mio TV service to screen over 50 top U.S. series as early as 24 hours after their U.S. premiere.

SingTel claims its will be the first IPTV operator in the world to offer such a volume of top US series within a day of their US telecast on a subscription-based model, and this will provide the first exhibition of such licensed series in Singapore.

This service, called Season Pass, will launch this September and the availability of programming will follow the US TV calendar. mio TV will offer the latest seasons of popular American TV series debuting in US from September this year such as Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Criminal Minds, Prison Break, Bones, 24, Ugly Betty, Without a Trace, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Supernatural, Samantha Who? and many more.

SingTel had 45,000 mio TV customers as at 30 June 2008.
  • In September 2007, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it provided key network integration services for SingTel's recently launched pay TV service, mio TV, which debuted on 20-July-2007. mio TV is based on a combination of Alcatel-Lucent's services integration solution and the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV and multimedia platform. Alcatel-Lucent also provided a complete services integration solution that brings together the network infrastructure, software platforms and integration skill sets.

Huawei Develops 100G WDM Prototype

Huawei Technologies announced a 100 Gbps WDM prototype platform. Huawei said its design will support a transmission distance of up to 2,000 km without using electrical regenerators, while offering a migration path from 10G/40G technologies. Commercial availability dates were not disclosed.

"The successful development of 100G WDM technologies reflects Huawei's strength in the optical network domain," said Christian Chua, president of Huawei' s Transport Network Product Line. "Huawei will continue to invest in long-haul high-speed transport technologies, promote the development of 100G WDM technologies, and will strive to alleviate the bandwidth pressure facing telecom operators today."

UK's City University Installs Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600

City University, which has over 10,000 students at its campus in London, has installed the Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 (ERS 8600) at the core its new LAN. The switch supports up to 384 one-gigabit or 24 ten-gigabit ports. The ERS 8600 provides QoS capabilities as well as non-stop operation through Nortel's Split Multi-Link Trunking (SMLT) technology, which provides sub-second redundancy for link and switch. Nortel Ethernet Switch 5520 is used for the server stacks and edge devices providing high-density Gigabit desktop connectivity and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability.

Nortel Secure Network Access allows students to use their normal windows login but actually be authenticated to the University network at the same time. Nortel Enterprise Network Management System enables network administrators to identify and resolve problems and performance bottlenecks before they impact network services.

SES ASTRA Selects Harmonic's Electra 7000 Encoders

ASTRA Platform Services GmbH (APS), a subsidiary of SES ASTRA , has selected Harmonic's DiviCom Electra 7000 high definition (HD) encoders and DiviTrackIP statistical multiplexing for a network upgrade designed to substantially enhance and expand its HD MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) service.

APS operates one of Europe's most modern satellite broadcast centers, transmitting over 200 television and audio channels to subscribers throughout Europe from its headend in Germany.

SES ASTRA is Europe's leading satellite broadcaster, delivering services to more than 117 million direct-to-home and cable households. Harmonic's high performance encoding and IP-based statistical multiplexing solutions enable APS to combine multiple MPEG-4 AVC HD channels in a single pool, resulting in more efficient use of network capacity and reduced operational complexity. In addition, APS is now able to multiplex standard definition (SD) and high definition channels together in a shared statistical multiplex pool, resulting in greater flexibility and scalability of the channel line-up.

Fujitsu Expands Manufacturing Capacity in Texas

Fujitsu Network Communications is expanding manufacturing capacity at their Richardson, Texas, headquarters. Fujitsu is shifting manufacturing of key optical and electronic components from Europe and Japan to the U.S. In the process, 67 new professional and production jobs will be created in North Texas.

Fujitsu said it is transferring manufacturing of optical and electronic assemblies for its FLASHWAVE 4500 Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP) and FLASHWAVE 7500 Re-configurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) from Japan. Manufacturing of broadband and fiber access products from Europe are also being transferred to Richardson. In addition, hard disk drive logistics are being consolidated from a third party vendor. The transfer process for these manufacturing processes began in the first quarter of 2008, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Fujitsu is currently the eighth-largest employer in Richardson with approximately 1,500 employees on its 143-acre campus.

Metalink Considers its Strategic Options, Including Possible Sale

Metalink, a supplier of DSL and 802.11n silicon solutions, said it is evaluating number of strategic and financial options for the future, including a potential sale of the company. In parallel, Metalink is implementing measures to reduce its ongoing operating expenses. Metalink is also actively involved in capital raising activities, including through a private placement. This is Metalink's second cost reduction plan, following a plan which was announced in March 2008. The current plan aims to reduce operating expenses to approximately $6.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 (excluding one time charges, such as restructuring and severance costs, and stock-based compensation expenses).

AT&T Plans $400 Million Fiber Investment in Alabama

AT&T announced plans to invest approximately $400 million over the next several years in fiber network upgrade in Alabama. The announcement follows a recent decision by the Birmingham City Council to approve an agreement with AT&T that will enable AT&T to provide these IP services to local consumers. That same day, the Jefferson County commission approved a similar agreement. They join 34 communities across the state in approving similar agreements with AT&T, including Hoover, Bessemer, Midfield, Helena, Bay Minette, Vestavia Hills, Clanton, Tuscaloosa County, Jasper, Madison and Albertville.