Monday, September 1, 2008

ARIN Upgrades IPv6 Network Services with NTT America

NTT America has provided a dual IPv4/6 stack over a Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) connection to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the nonprofit corporation that manages the distribution of Internet number resources, including both IPv4 and IPv6 address space, to Canada, many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands, and the United States.

The GigE connection, running both IPv4 and IPv6 or dual stack, ensures website and e-mail communications to and from ARIN are visible over both IPv4 and IPv6. Additionally, all other systems or communications ARIN operates can continue running over IPv6.

The NTT America IPv6 transit service is ARIN's 4th IPv6 deployment and the new IPv6-enabled circuit is an upgrade to an existing NTT America transit circuit. ARIN has had IPv6 deployed on its network since 2003.

NTT America and ARIN noted that only about 15% of the IPv4 address pool remains. The Regional Internet Registries (RIR) have collectively allocated about ten /8s of IPv4 address space each year, on average. If that trend continues unchanged, by mid-2012 ARIN and the other RIRs will no longer be able to allocate large new blocks of IPv4 address space. This scenario assumes that demand does not increase -- which is unlikely, given the ever increasing number of Internet-enabled devices. This scenario also assumes no industry panic (hoarding, withholding, etc.), no Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) or RIR policy changes, and no other external factors influencing address space allocations, any of which could push the IPv4 depletion date earlier. Once IPv4 address space is depleted, Internet growth cannot be sustained without adopting IPv6.

With available /8 address blocks diminishing and annual address allocations increasing, ARIN is now actively advising the Internet community that IPv6 is necessary for any applications that require ongoing availability of contiguous IP address space. Recognizing the inevitability of IPv4 depletion, on May 7, 2007, the ARIN Board of Trustees passed a "Resolution on Internet Protocol Number Resource Availability," stating that IPv6 is necessary to allow continued growth of the Internet. NTT America embraces this call to action for service providers and others that require ongoing availability of IP address space to make immediate efforts to run dual stack within their networks.

"ARIN is a major advocate for IPv6. As one of the five Regional Internet Registries, they have firsthand knowledge and experience with the depletion of IPv4 address blocks and the necessity to move to IPv6," said Michael Wheeler, vice president of Sales and Business Development for NTT America. "The Internet and engineering communities hold ARIN in high regard and this lead-by-example upgrade to IPv6 services will no doubt inspire confidence that IPv6 is important, functional and useable."


India's Sify Selects Cisco CRS-1

India's Sify has selected the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System as the foundation of its IP NGN. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sify is among the largest Managed Enterprise and Consumer Internet Services companies in India. Among its services, Sify has licenses to operate NLD (National Long Distance) and ILD (International Long Distance) services and offers VoIP back haul to long distance subscriber telephony services. The company is India's first enterprise managed services provider to launch a Security Operations Center (SOC) to deliver managed security services. Consumer services include broadband home access, dial up connectivity and the e-port cyber café chain across 180 cities and towns.

Staccato Releases 2nd Generation Ultra-Wideband IC Family

Staccato Communications released its Ripcord2 family of single-chip, all-CMOS solutions targeted for WiMedia UWB and Wireless USB applications. This second-generation family, which uses 65nm CMOS process technology, supports multiple protocols, including Wireless USB, High-Speed Bluetooth, Wireless IP and Wireless Audio/Video. In addition, several features were added to Ripcord2 including support for WiMedia Band Groups 1, 3 and 6, as well as the capability for detection and avoidance (DAA), providing a worldwide compatible solution in a single device.

UTStarcom and Aksh to Power BSNL's New iControl IPTV Service

UTStarcom announced a contract with Aksh Optifibre to deploy UTStarcom's end-to-end RollingStream IPTV solution in 20 cities on Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Ltd. (BSNL)'s ADSL 2+ network. The IPTV offering which will be made available to more than 250,000 BSNL broadband subscribers in 20 cities throughout India with Aksh's iControl service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

BSNL is also using UTStarcom-built multiplay infrastructure that currently supports more than 75 percent of the active wirelines in India.
  • Last month, UTStarcom and Aksh announced their collaboration to deliver high-quality IPTV services to subscribers of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) in Mumbai, India, extending the reach of the operator's service area following its initial commercial IPTV deployment in Delhi.

  • In 2007, UTStarcom partnered with BSNL to supply 1.3 million lines of its Metro Ethernet Forum-certified NetRing 10000i STM-64 optical transport solution and iAN-8000 multiservice access node (MSAN) solution to build and launch new multiplay broadband Internet services.

Bookham Announces 20W Fiber Laser Pump Module

Bookham introduced a single emitter-based pump laser module capable of delivering 20W of fiber coupled power into a 105um, 0.15NA fiber. The product is designed to target fiber laser and direct systems for material processing applications, and will allow laser manufacturers to optimize their dollar per watt ratio.

Bookham said the increased power output of its pump module enables customers to generate greater power levels for fiber laser pumping with fewer modules, allowing for more compact pump configurations, greater pump block efficiency and simplification of packaging.

Oracle to Acquire ClearApp for Application Management

Oracle has agreed to acquire ClearApp, a start-up based in Mountain View, California that specializes in application management solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

ClearApp addresses the increasingly difficult task of managing composite applications built on SOA platforms by providing visibility of business services across all related application components.

Oracle said the ClearApp technology in combination with its Enterprise Manager would provide customers with a comprehensive application management solution providing enhanced service levels, reduced system down-time and improved return on SOA investments.

Virgin Mobile USA Names CIO/CTO

Virgin Mobile USA named Daniel A. Acton as its new Chief Information and Technology Officer (CIO/CTO). In this role, Acton will assume management responsibilities for the present Virgin Mobile USA IT and product development operations. He will focus on integrating key business and technology processes, to move Virgin Mobile USA ahead as a full service wireless provider.

Acton has previously held a variety of executive management roles in engineering, strategy, M&A, and delivery capacities with General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Corning and IBM. He also served as a chief operating executive of multiple fiber optic engineering firms, including taking a telecom equipment company public in 2000.

Alcatel-Lucent Names Camus as Chairman and Verwaayen as CEO

Alcatel-Lucent's Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Philippe Camus as the company's non-executive Chairman as of October 1st, 2008. Ben Verwaayen is appointed as the company's chief executive officer. Ben will also join the company's Board of Directors.

Philippe Camus has previously served as the Co-CEO at European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) and managed a large, global business in the high-tech industry. He is Co-Managing Partner of Lagardère, an international media group, and a partner of Evercore Partners, a New York based investment and advisory firm.

Ben Verwaayen served as CEO of BT from February 2002 to June 1, 2008. He was formerly vice-chairman of the management board of Lucent Technologies in the US, which he joined in September 1997. Prior to that, he worked with KPN in the Netherlands for nine years as president and managing director of its telecom subsidiary, PTT telecom. Before that, Ben worked for ITT, a predecessor of Alcatel.

Ben Verwaayen's office will be in the company's headquarters in Paris.

Philippe Camus' pay package includes a yearly fixed compensation of EUR 200,000 and a 100,000 restricted shares grant in September 2008 (to be earned upon performance criteria).

Ben Verwaayen's pay package as Alcatel-Lucent Chief Executive Officer includes a yearly fixed compensation of EUR 1,200,000, a target annual bonus of 150% of fixed salary (payout can range between 0% to 200% of that target based on agreed performance yearly criteria), and a grant of 1,000,000 share options in the first quarter of 2009. Ben Verwaayen will receive an initial option grant of 250,000 shares in September 2008. Options will vest upon performance criteria. In addition, there is a 250,000 restricted shares grant in September 2008 (to be earned upon performance criteria).