Monday, October 20, 2008

Belgium's Voo Selects NSN + Juniper for Ethernet Backbone

Belgium's VOO, which provides TV, high-speed Internet access and fixed telephony services to more than 1.2 million subscribers throughout Wallonia and Brussels, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply and support Juniper Networks' MX-series Ethernet Services Routers and EX-series Ethernet switches for its network backbone. The new network will enable VOO to deliver fast, reliable and customizable multiplay services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia Siemens Networks' worldwide capability in deploying operator infrastructure equipment and support services helps VOO create an IP network that will scale to meet the needs to their subscribers. At the same time, Nokia Siemens Networks' extensive service capabilities ensure unsurpassed carrier class reliability to VOO.

VOO's IP backbone consists of MX960 Ethernet Services Routers delivering up to 960 Gbps of switching and routing capacity. The Juniper Networks EX 4200 series Ethernet switches were selected by VOO for their high throughput, interoperability and low energy consumption.

"Our global partnership with Juniper is a key pillar in our IP network strategy and we are delighted that VOO has recognized the value that our combined strengths can deliver," said Hans Juergen Bill, the head of West South Europe region for Nokia Siemens Networks. "Getting ahead and creating an edge in the triple play market is extremely challenging and depends largely on a service provider's ability to be agile and flexible through its network model and service creation layer."

Corrigent Debuts MPLS-based Carrier Ethernet Transport Switch

Corrigent Systems introduced its CM-4140 cost-optimized, low-power and small-footprint MPLS-based Carrier Ethernet Transport switch. It supports Ethernet and TDM services for aggregating residential multi-play services, business connectivity and mobile backhaul applications.

Corrigent's CM-4140 offers high density GE, 10GE and OC-n/STM-n interfaces supported by 168 Gbps non-blocking, fully redundant switching core in a modular architecture. The CM-4140 provides transport-grade capabilities, high service availability, hierarchical OAM for continuous monitoring and SLA metering, and end-to-end service management via the CM-View Network Management System (NMS).

The CM-4140 joins Corrigent's CM-4314 and CM-4206 Carrier Ethernet Transport platforms introduced last year.

Isocore Integrates MPLS and Carrier Ethernet Services across Domain Boundaries

Isocore will host a public demonstration this week of the first ever interoperability of GMPLS controlled Ethernet label switching (GELS) enabling Ethernet transport of time-sensitive real-time services. The MPLS2008 public interoperability demonstration, taking place on October 23, at Isocore Interworking Lab in Reston, will also present the first ever demonstration of path computation across Autonomous Systems (Inter-AS) boundaries using the IETF PCE-based model for establishing traffic engineered MPLS Label Switched Paths (LSP). The co-existence of the GELS and PCE-PCC in one network offers providers the flexibility to dynamically control their Carrier Ethernet, and Large IP/MPLS networks that cross the administrative boundaries.

In addition, Isocore said its test event focuses on verifying the interworking of Provider Bridge (PB) and Provider Backbone Bridge (PBB) with MPLS Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS).

Vendors participating in the Isocore testing include Agilent, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Foundry Networks, IXIA, IP Infusion, Marben Products, NEC, Mu Dynamics, Juniper Networks, Redback Networks, and NTT-AT with on-site participation and support by NTT and KDDI R&D Labs.

Service Availability Forum Releases its Latest Specifications

The Service Availability Forum (SA Forum), which is an industry consortium that fosters an ecosystem for commercial off-the-shelf building blocks used in high-availability network infrastructure products, systems and services, announced the availability of Release 6, an enhanced set of specifications that for the first time addresses the interaction between hardware events and software entities.

Release 6 introduces a new service called Platform Management that bridges the SA Forum's Hardware Platform Interface (HPI) and Application Interface Specification (AIS), enabling greater service availability, application portability and platform usability.

The Platform Management Service (PLM) integrates the hardware world of HPI and the software world of AIS to provide a standardized system view and enable service availability. This representation allows developers to match configured systems with hardware that is actually present in a device, allowing software to easily access relevant hardware states using a standardized model.

Additionally, Release 6 provides significant improvements to the interfaces for HPI firmware upgrades and clarifies the process for hot swap management, further enabling application portability across a variety of hardware platforms. Other enhancements allow libraries to create threads controlled by the user and allow dynamic updating of resources in a running system.

Release 6 also includes enhancements to the Cluster Management Service (CLM) and the Availability Management Framework (AMF), making use of PLM's inherent fault correlation support. This enables application developers to create applications that must be highly available. The increased functionality enables processes doing global validation or multiple processes to react to the changes.

"Hardware-software interaction is a critical function for high availability applications," said Ulrich Kleber, SA Forum Technical Work Group chair. "The addition of Platform Management to the SA Forum family of services provides the final piece for implementers to build a complete carrier-grade base platform using SA Forum specifications."

The Release 6 specifications can be downloaded free of charge.

Digicel Deploys Veraz's Network-Adaptive Border Controller

Digicel Group, the fastest-growing mobile telecommunications company in the Caribbean and new entrant into the Central American market, has deployed Veraz Networks' session border controller (SBC), the Veraz Network-adaptive Border Controller. Digicel is using the Veraz Network-adaptive Border Controller to extend security to 20,000 sessions distributed across three sites, centrally managed by the Veraz ControlSwitch. Financial terms were not disclosed.

As part of Veraz's Global Multimedia eXchange (GMX) solution for wireless carriers, the Network-adaptive Border Controller and the ControlSwitch deliver enhanced security and session management while reducing operating expenses through centralized management, billing, and routing. For broadband wireline, wireless, and enterprise networks, Veraz provides security and interconnection at the edge of the network for the full range of voice, video, and data applications.

RadiSys Expands its AdvancedTCA Portfolio

RadiSys expanded its AdvancedTCA (ATCA) portfolio with the launch of two new products, including one designed for maximum subscriber density and another for lower-density subscriber areas. Both platforms are pre-validated with a variety of hardware and software components, thereby enabling Telecom Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) to develop and deploy revenue-generating services more quickly and more cost effectively. The rollout includes:

  • The Promentum SYS-6016 platform is a high-capacity 16-slot solution that provides the maximum number of billable application slots in an ATCA carrier-grade platform, and delivers 10-Gigabit switching, packet processing, and media processing capabilities. It comes standard with the Promentum ATCA-2210 10-Gigabit switch and control modules which provide highly integrated centralized functions such as switching, shelf management, network-timing and system management capabilities. In addition, the ATCA-2210 supports the RadiSys switching software that has been hardened and now running live in deployed networks. Also a variety of payload blades are offered, including high-performance multi-core compute modules, SATA/SAS storage solutions, high-density media processing and packet processing modules. With a multitude of pre-integrated payload blades, RadiSys said the Promentum SYS-6016 is suitable for 3G wireless and wireline infrastructure requirements for applications such as Radio Network Controllers (RNC/BSC), Media Gateways, IMS (CSCF, Application and Media servers), and IPTV.

  • The Promentum SYS-6002 is a low-profile 2-slot integrated platform that provides a compact cost-effective solution ideally suited for an array of specialized appliances such as sophisticated security and traffic handling applications. The compact 2U, 2-slot RadiSys Promentum SYS-6002 platform eliminates the need for an ATCA switch module, and is replaced by onboard Ethernet switching on purpose-built products such as the Promentum ATCA-7220 dual OCTEON packet processing module, ATCA-9100 Media Resource Module, and Promentum ATCA-1200 Quad AMC carrier module. The new Promentum SYS-6002 includes optional shelf management capabilities that are hosted on the slot one payload blade, thereby providing additional cost savings and flexibility within the platform. The Promentum SYS-6002 also supports a 48V DC power feed, with optional AC power in either a rear-pluggable 600W AC power or stand-alone 1U AC power module to support both central office or data center environments. RadiSys said the ultra-low profile of the Promentum SYS-6002 makes it a perfect fit for low-density subscriber area deployments and specialized telecom applications. This platform configuration delivers full size ATCA blade solutions that offer high performance and better pricing then the size and technology space constrained microTCA form factor.

The Promentum SYS-6016 is shipping in production now. Production shipments of the Promentum SYS-6002 are scheduled to begin in January 2009.

Broadcom Posts Q3 Revenue of $1.298 Billion, up 37% YoY

Broadcom reported Q3 revenue of $1.298 billion, an increase of 8.1% compared with the $1.201 billion reported for the second quarter of 2008 and an increase of 36.7% over the same period last year. Net income computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the third quarter of 2008 was $164.9 million, or $.31 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $134.8 million, or $.25 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2008, and GAAP net income of $27.8 million, or $.05 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of 2007.

"The third quarter was a great quarter for Broadcom. We achieved record revenue and cash flow from operations, and demonstrated our commitment to deliver profitable growth," said Scott A. McGregor, Broadcom's President & Chief Executive Officer. "As in prior economic slowdowns, we expect to enhance our competitive positioning and drive the next wave of communications convergence. The widespread acceptance of our combination solutions validates our strategy, and together with our rapid transition to 65nm process technology, should enable us to emerge in a much stronger position when the economy recovers."

Tellabs Posts Q3 Revenue of $424 Million, Down 7%

Tellabs' third-quarter 2008 revenue totaled $424 million, down 7% from $458 million in the third quarter of 2007. Revenue from outside North America rose 21% from the year-ago quarter to $160 million. On a GAAP (U.S. generally accepted accounting principles) basis, Tellabs recorded a loss of $999 million or $2.51 per share in the third quarter of 2008, including a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $988 million, restructuring charges for plans announced in previous quarters of $9 million, other charges totaling $11 million, and a non-cash tax charge of $6 million.

Some highlights:

  • Broadband -- Third-quarter 2008 revenue from the broadband segment totaled $260 million, down 7% from $279 million in the third quarter of 2007. Within the broadband segment: data networking revenue reached a record $68 million, up 19% from $57 million in the year-ago quarter; access revenue was $113 million, down 28% from $157 million in the year-ago quarter; managed access revenue was $79 million, up 20% from $65 million in the year-ago quarter.

  • Transport -- Third-quarter 2008 transport revenue totaled $109 million, down 11% from $123 million in the year-ago quarter.

  • Services -- Third-quarter 2008 services revenue was $55 million, compared with $56 million in the year-ago quarter.

"Tellabs successfully executed in the third quarter, achieving record data and IP networking revenue, strong revenue outside North America and higher gross profit margins. Unfortunately, we need to further reduce our workforce and write down goodwill," said Rob Pullen, Tellabs president and chief executive officer. "Going forward, we are focusing future investments in our target solutions -- mobile backhaul, optical networking and business services. We are also increasing investment in our sales channels."

Spirent Adds RF Video Troubleshooting to In-Home Network Test

Spirent Communications has added an RF video test module to its Spirent Tech-X Flex field test solution -- a handheld device utilized to identify and troubleshoot the deployment issues related to video services within a consumer's home. Spirent Tech-X Flex is now supports both the testing of IP video service quality of Multimedia over Coax (MoCA) networks as well as analog and digital RF-based video signals. Spirent said that with both dual MoCA and dual Ethernet interfaces, its Tech-X Flex offers field technicians an in-line IP video monitoring solution that helps them avoid issues with proprietary signaling between the set-top box and the video server. Specifically, it delivers automated expert diagnostics which accelerate the field troubleshooting process by analyzing and correlating various test results to identify faults and prioritize those with the greatest impact on service.

AboveNet's 10Gbps Ethernet Services Certified To MEF Standards

AboveNet has attained Metro Ethernet Forums' MEF 9 and 14 certifications for its 10Gigabit Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Metro Area Network (MAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) services. AboveNet noted that it is the world's first provider to be certified for its 10Gigabit Ethernet services, under the MEF endorsed process.