Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Telegent Appoints CEO as Mobile TV Chip Shipments Top 50 Million

Telegent Systems, which supplies single-chip mobile TV solutions, appointed Dr. Samuel Sheng as its new CEO. Sheng has served as Telegent's Chief Technology Officer and executive Chairman of the Board since co-founding the company. In tandem with Sheng's appointment, Dr. Weijie Yun, the driving force behind Telegent since co-founding the company with Sheng in 2004, will take up Sheng's prior post of executive Chairman of the Board and carry operational responsibility for key strategic initiatives.

Sheng's appointment coincides with a new milestone for the company which has realized significant uptake of its free-to-air analog mobile TV products, shipping a record 50 million mobile TV receivers since mid-2007.Telegent's products deliver a quality mobile TV viewing experience for analog broadcast standards, providing consumers around the world with mobile access to the same, live free-to-air programming that they receive on conventional TV sets.

ViaSat to Acquire WildBlue for Satellite Broadband

ViaSat agreed to acquire privately-held WildBlue Communications, which operates Ka-band satellite broadband service across the U.S., in a cash and stock transaction valued at $568 million.

In less than five years since launching its residential broadband satellite service, WildBlue has grown to over 400,000 customers, making it one of the top ISPs in the country.

WildBlue, which is powered exclusively by the ViaSat SurfBeam networking system, pioneered the use of "unprocessed" Ka-band spot beam technology to increase capacity and lower bandwidth costs.

The companies said their merger sets the stage for accelerated growth and expansion of the WildBlue broadband service using ViaSat next generation network technology, which will use a new higher-capacity ViaSat-1 satellite scheduled to launch in early 2011.

"WildBlue and ViaSat have been close partners for nearly a decade and today's announcement is the logical next step," said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat. "By integrating ViaSat-1 and its ground network technology into the WildBlue operational and distribution platform, we believe we can meaningfully reduce our operational execution risks. Joining forces with ViaSat provides fast and efficient access to next-generation capacity for the WildBlue business and its subscribers. This synergy, coupled with the improved free cash flow profile WildBlue has attained in the last year, has enabled us to structure what we believe is a highly capital efficient transaction that offers immediate financial benefits to ViaSat. In our view, it's exceptional to be able to make an acquisition with so many strategic benefits under such favorable financial terms."

"Our new satellite," Dankberg continues, "will have nearly all of its capacity aimed at those areas where WildBlue growth is constrained by lack of cost-effective bandwidth. The planned launch of ViaSat-1 in early 2011 is expected to multiply WildBlue total network capacity by more than tenfold, and by a factor of over 20 in those areas with the highest demand at a fraction of its current bandwidth costs. The increased bandwidth coupled with next generation ViaSat network technology is expected to enable WildBlue to increase upstream and downstream user speeds by factors of 3 to 5 times in those high-demand areas at current subscription prices, substantially raising the value to consumers."

GSMA Launches Global Number Portability Registry Service

The GSMA launched a PathFinder Number Portability Discovery managed service that serves as a state-of-the-art solution for global number portability. The new service, which is operated by Neustar, encompasses 2.2 billion telephone numbers that are impacted by number portability worldwide, a figure which is expected to rise rapidly.

Number portability is currently implemented in over 52 countries globally, with many more, including China and India, expected to launch by the end of 2010. The service will also aggregate numbering plan data from virtually every country in the world, including those with high number portability penetration.

"The GSMA's PathFinder Number Portability Discovery service provides critical numbering plan and number portability information that dynamically enables service providers to identify the true destination network for accurate routing," said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at the GSMA. "The service will help eliminate incremental fees, reduce costs, optimise rates in commercial agreements, improve traffic delivery and pave the way for new feature-rich IP-based services. With their leading credentials in Number Portability, we are pleased to extend our relationship with Neustar, who will operate the service."

The GSMA said it created the service to provide an interoperable, industry-wide solution that enables the routing of global IP service interconnect traffic. The new Number Portability Discovery service will make use of PathFinder's extensive number portability database, which provides access to all national numbering plans and number portability information, where available, throughout the world. With adaptable and extensible interfaces, the service can rapidly incorporate new number portability data for countries coming on line or that plan to implement number portability in the future.

Furthermore, Pulse Networks, Veraz Networks and TransNexus have been certified as PathFinder Partners to enable access to IP-based ENUM services from both next generation networks and C7 legacy networks. T

AT&T to Manage Global Network Services for MEI

AT&T won a new three-year contract to provide an array of managed network services to MEI, one of the leading manufacturers of electronic bill acceptors, coin mechanisms and other unattended transaction systems. MEI's global network links is headquarters in West Chester, Pa., U.S. distribution centers and other operations in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia and China.

AT&T Completes Acquisition of VeriSign's Global Security Consulting Business

AT&T completed its acquisition of VeriSign's global security consulting business. The transaction aligns VeriSign's security consulting experience in comprehensive risk assessment with AT&T's suite of network-based cybersecurity services.

Tyco Tests 10/40 Gbps over Same Undersea Fiber

Tyco Telecommunications demonstrated 40 Gbps transmission capabilities using an existing 2,500 km undersea system originally designed for 10 Gbps transmission. In-field testing on a live network demonstrated the capability for simultaneous transmission of 40 Gbps and 10 Gbps traffic. Tyco was able to transmit 64 wavelengths of 40 Gbps traffic, which increases system capacity to 2.56 terabits on a single fiber pair.

Verizon Provides Free Wi-Fi to its Small-Business Broadband Customers

Verizon is now offering free Wi-Fi hot spot access at more than 14,000 locations nationwide to its small business broadband customers. Free Verizon Wi-Fi hot spot locations include hotels, airports, restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, convention centers and public locations across the U.S.

Actus Networks Debuts G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection for Carrier Ethernet

Korea-based Actus Networks debuted an access ring Ethernet protection solution compliant to G.8032 Recommendation version 1 and version 2, which enables 50 ms protection switching for packet transport in a ring network.

The company said its products open a new market window for PBB-TE, OAM (802.3ah, 802.1ag, Y.1731), MEF E-LINE and E-LAN, and PWE3 services on mobile backhaul and access rings.

In comparison with the IEEE802.17 Resilient Packet Ring Standard, Actus notes the following benefits:

  • 50 ms protection switching using generic standards of IEEE802.1 and IEEE802.3

  • Flexible topology with a single ring and interconnected multi-rings

  • All Ethernet Speed (1/10/40/100GbE MAC)

  • Support for multiple Ethernet services

Actus Networks developed the solution in collaboration with ETRI, an R&D subsidy of the Korean government, and KAIST, a globally renowned research university of Korea.,

Nokia Joins Wireless Power Consortium

Nokia has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, an industry group whose mission is to create and promote wide market adoption of Qi (pronounced "chee") as the international wireless power standard for interoperability across rechargeable electronic devices. Members include ConvenientPower, Duracell, Hosiden, Fulton Innovation, Leggett & Platt, National Semiconductor, Nokia, Olympus, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo, Shenzhen Sangfei Consumer Communications, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments.

"As the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer and leader in mobile telecommunications, Nokia brings a new dimension to the Consortium. This significantly expands the potential market traction of the Qi wireless charging standard," said Menno Treffers, Chairman, Wireless Power Consortium.

Cisco + TANDBERG See $34 Billion Collaboration Market

In a bid to consolidate its position in telepresence and teleconferencing, Cisco launched a cash tender offer to purchase all the outstanding shares of TANDBERG for 153.5 Norwegian Kroner per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $3.0 billion. This represents an 11.0% premium to the previous day closing price of TANDBERG's stock, and a 25.2% premium to the 3-month volume weighted average closing price for TANDBERG's stock.

TANDBERG's Board of Directors is supporting the Cisco bid. Cisco expects the acquisition to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings in fiscal year 2011.

TANDBERG's video endpoints and network infrastructure solution will be integrated into Cisco's collaboration architecture. This will enable intercompany and multi-vendor interoperability and ease of use across the full product portfolio -- from desktop to immersive, multi-screen TelePresence.

Cisco plans to position TANDBERG's Norway operations as a European center of video excellence alongside its own Service Provider video team in Kortrijk, Belgium.

"Cisco and TANDBERG have remarkably similar cultures and a shared vision to change the way the world works through collaboration and video communications technologies," said Cisco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chambers. "Collaboration is a $34 billion market and is growing rapidly -- enabled by networked Web 2.0 technologies. This acquisition showcases Cisco's financial strength and ability to quickly capture key market transitions for growth."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Huawei Launches its 100G Router + WDM Solution

Huawei rolled out its 100 Gbps core networking solution. Product offerings include 100GE cards (1x100GE and 10x10GE) for routers and a 100G OTU for its WDM platform. These capabilities are provided via Huawei's in-house developed "Solar 2.0" 100G chipsets.

The T100GE cards (1x100GE and 10x10GE) for routers will increase switching capacity of the Huawei NE5000E router cluster system to 200 Tbps. The 100GE cards for routers will increase switching capacity of the NE5000E router cluster system to 200T, allowing operators to meet network capacity expansion requirements. The new router cards will offer wire-speed forwarding capability and guaranteed services at 100G wire-speed.

A 100GE port-based NE5000E router cluster system can be plugged into Huawei's OSN6800/8800 OTN system, which will now support "40/80 wavelengths at 100 Gbps. This will increase transport capacity over a single optical fiber to 8 Tbps.

The WDM 100G OTU, which is compatible with both advanced coding modulation and coherent detection techniques, leverages Huawei' s 100G optical/electrical module and core chips. It provides hybrid transport speeds of 100G and 10G/40G, enabling 40/80-channel 1500 km transport. In addition, 100G OTU helps the overall evolution of the WDM transport network by utilizing advanced, large-capacity OTN switching and ASON technologies.

Telefónica Commissions Six LTE Trials

Telefónica has selected six vendors for a set of LTE trials in six countries. These suppliers are Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens Network and ZTE. The countries selected for testing are Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Czech Republic in Europe, and Brazil and Argentina in Latin America.

Telefónica said the LTE field trials will be coordinated globally and that by testing in various geographies it will be better prepared to evolve its networks, which currently serve 264 million customers worldwide.

"At Telefónica we are working with the conviction that we can only offer our clients the maximum levels of quality and innovation. To do this, we are defining our strategy and the rollout of LTE with the objective of driving mobile broadband and offering the best service from the moment that the equipment and terminals can support the new standards and are available for sale", explained Julio Linares, COO of Telefónica.

In April, Telefónica and Ericsson conducted an LTE demonstration in Madrid. The network delivered downloads in excess of 140 Mbps.

NSN Outlines its "Network of One" Strategic Blueprint

Nokia Siemens Networks officially unveiled its long term vision of how telecom operators can transform their business models, infrastructure and operations. The "Network of One" aims to provide a unified approach to cope with the tidal wave of information being created and shared as billions of people and trillions of ‘things' link up from every corner of the planet.

"The market evolution presents many opportunities for operators, but they are also under pressure like never before. The challenges they face are becoming increasingly complex and up to now the general approach has been to deal with them separately", says Stephan Scholz, chief technology officer, Nokia Siemens Networks, speaking at the Solutions Forum. "For the first time we have outlined a holistic approach that operators can adopt to effectively use their scarce resources and provide the ideal experience for their subscribers. Very simply, that describes our Network of One."

NSN said its "Network of One" will reduce complexity while enabling operators to derive greater value from their existing assets, improve their collaboration with other industry players, and realize operational efficiencies.

The vision calls for a simplified IP based flat architecture both in wireline and wireless networks, an automated management and charging system, a consolidated view of customer data, flexible service enablement, unified control of voice and multimedia calls, and new models for optimized business operations.

The "Network of One" plan identifies six key focus areas for service providers:

One simplified network: Evolve your network architecture will towards a simple flat, converged, IP centric architecture (all-IP) allowing much more efficient handling of traffic.

One convergent service control: Converge fixed and mobile voice on one IMS based service control infrastructure, enabling rich communications for customers.

One view of customer data: consolidate customer data that is today distributed across multiple databases and applications, creating the foundation for developing deep customer insights.

One flexible service enablement: drive flexibility in service enablement to allow fast and easy launch and pull down of own and 3rd party services through open API's.

One unified management & charging: consolidate heterogeneous silo management systems into one highly automated system.

One business-optimized operation: explore collaboration opportunities such as outsourcing and partnering to drive efficiency and differentiation in your business and service offerings.

Hutchison 3G Austria modernizes for HSPA+ and LTE with NSN

Hutchison 3G Austria has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its radio access network to be ready for HSPA+ and LTE. Nokia Siemens Networks will undertake this upgrade starting in autumn 2009. New base stations will allow the operator to halve the energy consumption of its base stations. The operator's network will be ready for download data rates of 21 Mbps (High-Speed Packet Access, HSPA+) in early 2010. As of 2011 the network can be upgraded to LTE, offering theoretical data rates as high as 100Mbps or more. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Blackwave Raises $7 Million for Video Storage Infrastructure

Blackwave, a start-up based in Acton, MA., closed $7 million in series C funding to support its integrated storage and delivery platform.

The Blackwave R6 platform allows Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), telcos, wireless network operators, content publishers and video aggregators to store and deliver video in multiple protocols from a single platform. A single rack of Blackwave's system enables storage and delivery of video and rich media via HTTP, Flash Media Server (FMS), and Windows Media Server (WMS) at a useable bandwidth of 30Gbps.

The new funding brings total venture and strategic capital funding to more than $29 million. This latest funding includes continued investment by Globespan Capital Partners, Flybridge Capital Partners and Sigma Partners.
  • Blackwave is headed by Robert Rizika, who previously served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Entertainment Strategy, for Macrovision Corporation. Blackwave's technical team is headed by Mike Kilian (CTO), who most recently w as the Distinguished Engineer in the Cloud Infrastructure and Services Group at EMC; Muriel Medard (Chief Scientist), who is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT; and Bob Scheifler (Chief Architect), who previously served as a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems.

AT&T to Market Terrestar's Satellite Cellular Smartphone Service

AT&T has agreed to market Terrestar's satellite cellular smartphone.

The TerreStar GENUS Smartphone combines AT&T's 3G terrestrial wireless service with Terrerstar's all-IP satellite voice and data as a back-up throughout the United States. The TerreStar satellite footprint also covers Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and offshore coastal waters.

The GENUS smartphone uses the Windows Mobile operating system and includes premium features such as a touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a QWERTY keyboard. The solution is intended to work as a user's everyday cellular smartphone device, with satellite access capability as a secondary option when needed.
  • In July, TerreStar Networks successfully completed the first end-to-end VoIP phone call over its newly launched TerreStar-1, the world's largest, most advanced commercial communications satellite. The call used two handsets developed by EB (Elektrobit). The satellite-terrestrial smartphone reference design represents the world's first quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA device running the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, and offering integrated satellite-terrestrial voice and data capabilities.

Union Ratifies Contract with AT&T

Another group of AT&T's core wireline employees have voted to ratify a three-year work agreement. The agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers covers about 8,900 employees.

Roughly half of the 120,000 employees covered under AT&T's core wireline contracts now have ratified or tentative agreements. In addition to the IBEW agreement, agreements between AT&T and the Communications Workers of America have been ratified in the Midwest and West regions, and a tentative agreement with the CWA is pending ratification by Legacy AT&T Corp. employees.

AT&T Acquires Plusmo for Mobile Applications Strategy

AT&T has acquired privately-held Plusmo, a cross-platform mobile application developer. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Plusmo platform helps other developers to create widgets and applications using common web development standards that enable easy deployment across multiple mobile operating systems and devices.

AT&T said the acquisition provides it with an open standards technology that will simplify mobile application development, accelerate innovation and deliver a better application experience for consumers. Plusmo will become a part of AT&T Interactive, and the Plusmo mobile application development platform is expected to be used by multiple AT&T subsidiaries, including AT&T Mobility.

Orange Signs $2 Billion, 7-year Deal with SITA

SITA, which provides global communications for the air transport industry, and Orange Business Services announced a seven-year agreement, valued in excess of US$2 billion. The deal renews and broadens their existing partnership and covers an extensive range of Orange Business Services' communications services which SITA will provide to airlines, airports and other air industry participants around the world.

Francesco Violante, SITA CEO, said: "SITA is a leading provider of critical services to airports and airlines worldwide. Our extended partnership with Orange Business Services secures and enhances SITA's ability to deliver continued improvements and exceptional service levels for our communication solutions in over 220 countries and territories, supporting more than 1,800 customers."

Major services currently provided by SITA and Orange Business Services include AirportHub, which delivers IP and legacy services from a shared IP-based platform for over 500 airlines at airports worldwide; IPVPN networks which connect 13,500 air transport sites worldwide; SITA Mobility Access; and voice and convergence solutions.

Huawei Appoints Matt Bross as CTO

Matt Bross, the former BT Group Chief Technology Officer and CEO of BT innovate, has joined Huawei as its Chief Technology Officer, with effect from October 1. Bross will focus on identifying global telecommunications industry and network architecture trends that will guide Huawei' s continuous customer-centric innovation of products and solutions. He will also support the company' s efforts in delivering the latest products and solutions for North American customers.

Most recently, Bross was Group Chief Technology Officer of BT Group and CEO of BT innovate, responsible for technology strategy, vision and innovation across all BT divisions. Mr. Bross was a driving force behind BT's 21st Century Network transformation program and led a global BT technology and research organization that spanned the Asia-Pacific, the U.S. and Europe. Previously, Mr. Bross held senior positions at ConTel, MasterCard,Critical technology a company he founded and Williams Communication.

Monday, September 28, 2009

NTT Com to Launch Services Subsidiary in Philippines

NTT Communications has established a wholly-owned subsidiary in Manila to provide system integration, security solutions and other ICT services. NTT Com Philippines will provide local multinational companies with one-stop global-quality communication systems and ICT environments, from design and implementation to operation and support, as well as system consulting, PBX/LAN/server installation and security services, including both staff education and solutions for protection against information leaks.

China Mobile Deploys First ATCA-Based Mobile Softswitch with Huawei

China Mobile has deployed its first ATCA-based mobile softswitch in Guangdong province using Huawei's platform. The companies claim the deployment holds the record for the single largest user-supported service by any vendor, serving 1.7 million subscribers in Dongguan City. Huawei said its ATCA mobile softswitch system can support 12 million subscribers with one device.

Hitachi Node+Zero Single-Fiber RFoG Gains USDA RUS

Hitachi Communication Technologies America's Node+Zero RFoG module has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for use on projects funded by the Rural Telecom Infrastructure and by the Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Programs.

The Node+Zero joins Hitachi's AMN 1200 BPON and AMN1220 GPON systems on the RUS List of Materials Acceptable for Use on RUS Financed Projects in category "ae", "Access Equipment". RUS listing also means that the Node+Zero module can be deployed under the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).

Japan's JPIX Internet Exchange Installs Force10 for 10 GbE

Japan Internet Exchange Co. Ltd. (JPIX) has selected Force10 Networks' ExaScale E-Series family of switch/routers to provide high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) services for its growing network. With support for 140 line-rate 10 GbE SFP+ ports per chassis, the ExaScale E-Series delivers 100 Gbps of useable data capacity per slot. In addition to capacity, the E1200 delivers total throughput of more than two billion packets per second across a switching fabric capacity of 3.5 Tbps or 250 Gbps full duplex per slot.

Level 3 to Deliver Services to Cypress in 29 U.S. Markets

Cypress Communications, a provider of managed voice, data and Internet solutions for more than 6,000 companies across the U.S., selected Level 3 Communications to provide colocation, voice and a variety of Ethernet-based and dedicated high-bandwidth services (e.g., Ethernet private line, Ethernet virtual private line, high-speed dedicated Internet access, etc.).

"Level 3 is an appealing strategic partner for us because of the company's nationwide backbone and fiber assets in our target metro markets," said Jorge Rosado, executive vice president of engineering and network operations for Cypress Communications. "The Level 3 network will help us accommodate the growth we're seeing from the popularity of our C4 IP hosted VoIP and unified communications solution."

Taiwan's Chief Telecom Selects Acme Packet for IMS

Chief Telecom, a subsidiary of Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom, has deployed the Acme Packet Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) to offer advanced, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based enterprise VoIP services throughout the island. Specifically, Chief Telecom is using Acme Packet's Net-Net SBCs for their IMS-based, enterprise solution, which includes SIP trunking, IP-Centrex, audio conferencing, video telephony, voice mail and messaging services. Acme Packet's SBCs also secure and connect Chief Telecom's Microsoft MSN VoIP service for consumers with its international peering network. Chief's Telecom's parent company, CHT, has used Acme Packet's SBCs for more than four years as part of its IMS-based, fixed-line residential and mobile VoIP, and international SIP peering services.

CipherOptics Appoints Tom Gill as CEO

CipherOptics, which offers network encryption technologies, has appointed Thomas J. Gill as its new Chairman and CEO. Gill is the former CEO and President of FORE Systems. Several other former FORE Systems executives have also joined CipherOptics including Gary Brunner as Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Nigh as Senior Vice President of Engineering, and Kirk Wrigley as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Jim Doherty will continue in his role as Chief Marketing Officer.

Xelerated Enhances its Processors and Programmable Ethernet Switches

Xelerated released version 5.0 of its Software Development Kit (SDK) for its new generation of HX Carrier Ethernet network processors (NPUs) and AX Programmable Ethernet Switches. Enhancements enable system vendors to develop and customize data plane software for their unified fiber access and next generation Metro Ethernet platforms. The SDK 5.0 instruction set and programming model are compatible with previous NPU generations, thus easing reuse of existing applications and migration of code for existing X11 customers that are looking to optimize their data planes with the capabilities of new generation Carrier Ethernet devices.

Verizon CTO: All-Fiber is a Game Changer

"The real opportunity of a fiber-access network is created by the seamless interconnection with our wireless broadband and global IP networks," said Dick Lynch, Verizon executive vice president and chief technology officer, speaking at the Fiber to the Home Conference and Expo in Houston.

In the five years since beginning its FiOS rollout in Keller, Texas, Verizon's FTTH network has grown to where it will pass 15 million homes and businesses by year-end. The network delivers access for all its customers to Internet service at up to 50 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream, and TV service with about 120 high-definition (HD) channels.

Lynch said sales penetration rates for FiOS Internet and TV are already 28 percent and 25 percent, respectively. More than 300,000 new customers signed on to each of the services in the second quarter, bringing the totals to 3.1 million customers for FiOS Internet and 2.5 million for FiOS TV.

Lynch called on the networking industry to keep optical technologies moving forward. He said development of standards for emerging services must be expedited, citing the need to reduce the standards for 3D video from about a dozen to one. He said energy efficiency must be another priority. Verizon is migrating its networks to IMS and he called on the industry's assistance in developing a robust set of complementary CPE. Lynch also called for new PON systems capable of delivering strong signals out to 40 kilometers and beyond. This requires the use of better PON cards with improved optics as well as other innovations.

Cavalier Upgrades its Legacy Switches with Metaswitch

Cavalier, a full-service competitive telecom operator serving markets in the eastern United States, selected MetaSwitch to transform its network. Cavalier is leveraging its investment in MetaSwitch to launch hosted PBX and unified communications services under the "IPeer" brand. Specifically, the MetaSphere Enhanced Application Server is deployed in a central data center and is complemented by nine MetaSwitch MG3510 media gateways deployed throughout the Cavalier service territory. This allows Cavalier's business customers to have immediate access to new features and applications without the need to update any software or hardware on-site, avoiding the high capital expenditure of premises-based equipment.

MPEG LA Cites Progress in Sorting Out LTE Essential Patents Owners

The MPEG LA, which administers patent pools, held its first meeting of essential LTE patent owners in September in Tokyo, Japan. At the meeting, 12 patent owners from five countries on three continents discussed the specific structure and terms of a patent pool for licensing patents that are essential to the LTE standards developed by 3GPP. The patent owners represent a broad spectrum of the LTE marketplace, including handset manufacturers, network equipment manufacturers, wireless carriers, chipmakers, and research institutions.

"The wireless industry desires a reasonable LTE patent pool license that includes the essential patents of major industry participants," said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. "We were impressed with the desire of LTE essential patent owners to deliver a broad, marketable and innovative license as evidenced by their openness to discuss and reach consensus on fundamental licensing issues."

FCC's Broadband Task Force Delivers Initial Assessment

With 141 days remaining before the FCC must deliver a National Broadband Plan to Congress, the task force issued a preliminary report on the state of broadband in the United States.

The FCC's forthcoming plan, which was mandated by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will address broadband deployment, adoption, affordability, and the use of broadband to advance solutions to national priorities, including health care, education, energy, public safety, job creation, investment, and others. The plan will provide concrete recommendations on how to successfully deliver on the infrastructure challenge of our time: provision and adoption of universal broadband.

This initial report provides data to the five FCC commissioners for developing the plan. Key findings includes:

The Framework: Congress required the Commission to craft a strategy for delivery of universal, affordable, widely adopted broadband to serve vital national purposes. The report states that subsidy mechanisms must be considered as a means to universal adoption, but current mechanisms, such as Universal Service and stimulus grants, are insufficient to achieve national purposes. The FCC might also help reduce costs with new policies on spectrum, rights of way, backhaul, and fiber.

Applications: The report finds that applications require different broadband speeds, with the most demanding being high-definition streamed video. But actual broadband speeds lag advertised speeds by as much as 50% to 80%. Peak usage hours, typically 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., create network congestion and speed degradation. About 1% of users drive 20% of traffic, while 20% of users drive up to 80% of traffic. A constrained network dictates investment needs in infrastructure.

Deployment: Preliminary analysis indicates that approximately three to six million people are unserved by basic broadband (speeds of 768 Kbps or less). The number of unserved increases as the definition of minimum broadband speed increases.

The incremental cost to universal availability varies significantly depending on the speed of service, with preliminary estimates showing that the total investment required ranging from $20 billion for 768 Mbps-3Mbps service to $350 billion for 100 Mbps or faster.

The cost of providing consumers with a choice of infrastructure providers, and/or ensuring that all consumers have access to both fixed and mobile broadband would be significantly higher than these initial estimates. The cost to provide service in rural areas is significantly higher than in urban areas, and is driven not only by higher capital expenditures, but also significantly higher recurring operating expenses largely driven by transport and transit. Universal Service Fund recipients have made progress bringing broadband to rural America, but the fund faces systemic and structural problems.

Adoption: Nearly 2/3 of Americans have adopted broadband at home, while 33% have access but have not adopted it, and another 4% say they have no access where they live. But large segments of the population have much lower penetration rates, and adoption levels vary across demographic groups. The cost of digital exclusion is large and growing for non-adopters, as resources for employment, education, news, healthcare and shopping for goods and services increasingly move on line.

Spectrum: Bandwidth-hungry devices, applications and users are buffeting existing network capacity and driving many to cite the need for additional spectrum. Some models suggest a need for more than 1 GHz of total allocated spectrum. The task force is actively assessing the long-term spectrum needs of the country for mobile broadband services, but after decades of new allocations, concedes that the spectrum pipeline is drying up.

International Broadband Plans: The driving force behind national broadband plans in other nations has been competitiveness, job creation and innovation. Successful plans need four or more years of continuous effort and consistent funding sources.

National Purposes: Broadband can be part of the solution to many of the nation's challenges, creating economic and social benefits.

The FCC noted that it has received nearly 41,000 pages of written comments so far in response to its National Broadband Plan Notice of Inquiry.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Infonetics: Carrier Ethernet Equipment Market to Hit $34 billion in 2013

Infonetics is predicting the Carrier Ethernet equipment market will grow to $34 billion by 2013. The largest investments are expected to be in IP core and edge routers, carrier Ethernet switches, and optical gear.

"Carrier Ethernet technology is integral to service provider IP next gen network projects aimed at transforming from TDM- to packet-based networks to handle ever-growing consumer, business, mobile backhaul, and video traffic. Service provider investment in carrier Ethernet continues to defy the economic downturn and outpace overall telecom capital expenditure investments. Over the 5 years from 2009 to 2013, we expect service providers worldwide to spend a cumulative $146 billion on carrier Ethernet equipment," projects Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.

The forecasts are published in Infonetics new Carrier Ethernet report, which covers market size, market share, and forecasts through 2013 for carrier Ethernet switches, IP core and edge routers, SONET/SDH equipment, WDM equipment, VDSL, fiber and copper EADs, EPON, Ethernet and dual Ethernet/TDM microwave equipment, and carrier Ethernet ports by speed.

Alcatel-Lucent Sets Optical Transmission Record -- 155 X 100 Gbps

Researchers at Bell Labs have set a new WDM optical transmission record of more than 100 Petabits per second.kilometer (equivalent to 100 million Gigabits per second.kilometer). To achieve these record-breaking results researchers from the Bell Labs facility in Villarceaux, France used 155 lasers, each operating at a different frequency and carrying 100 Gbps.

The 100 Petabit per second.kilometer figure was derived by multiplying the number of lasers by their 100 Gbps transmission rate and then multiplying the aggregate 15.5 Terabit per second result by the 7,000 kilometer distance achieved. The combination of speed and distance expressed in bit per second.kilometers is a standard measure for high speed optical transmission.

Alcatel-Lucent said this record setting capacity represents sending the equivalent of 400 DVDs per second over 7,000 kilometers, roughly the distance between Paris and Chicago.

"There is no question that this record breaking transmission is a milestone in achieving the network capacity and speeds and a key step forward in satisfying the ongoing explosion in demand," said Gee Rittenhouse, head of Bell Labs Research. "This is a prime example of Bell Labs preeminent research and demonstrates the ability of our researchers to solve complex problems," he explained.

Two other notes about the demonstration:

The transmissions were accomplished over a network whose repeaters, devices used to sustain optical signal strength over long distances, were spaced 90 kilometers apart. This spacing distance is 20% greater than that commonly maintained in such networks.

The Bell Labs researchers also increased capacity by interfacing advanced digital signal processors with coherent detection, a new technology that makes it possible to acquire details for a greater number of properties of light than the direct detection method commonly applied in today's systems. Using this technique the researchers were able to effectively increase capacity by increasing the number of light sources introduced into a single fiber yet still separate the light into its constituent colors when it reached its destination.

Zhone Transfers to the NASDAQ Capital Market

NASDAQ has approved Zhone Technologies' ' application to transfer the listing of its common stock from The NASDAQ Global Market to The NASDAQ Capital Market. Zhone voluntarily filed its transfer application on September 10, 2009 and received NASDAQ approval on September 23, 2009. Zhone's common stock will continue to trade under the symbol "ZHNE."

Equinix and Japan's JPNAP Extend Interconnection and Peering

Equinix and INTERNET MULTIFEED (MF), which operates the Japan Network Access Point (JPNAP) announced an extended interconnection and peering agreement. Under the arrangement, the JPNAP peering fabric will be extended into the Equinix Tokyo-2 (TY2) International Business Exchange (IBX) data center.

As a part of the agreement, MF will establish a point-of-presence for the JPNAP service in Equinix's TY2 IBX center, enabling Equinix customers to directly exchange IP traffic, or "peer," with JPNAP's customers, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs), CATV carriers, content providers etc. Similarly, JPNAP customers will have direct access to the extensive international carrier community at Equinix's two Tokyo IBX centers.

Ciena's Modular 5400 Switch Converges Ethernet, OTN and TDM

Ciena unveiled plans for a series of performance-optimized, multi-terabit Ethernet, OTN and TDM switching systems with integrated transport functionality. Ciena said its design goals for the new product family, which will be commercially launched next year, is to create a modular platform that can be configured and reconfigured at any time for a variety of high-capacity optical, TDM or packet functions, including optical cross-connect switching, optical transport, Carrier Ethernet switching or converged packet-optical networking.

The forthcoming 5400 series will implement a broad range of network elements including a scalable optical cross-connect, feature-rich Carrier Ethernet switch, or a fully converged
packet-optical transport and switching system.

It will leverage ASICs, flexible FPGAs and Ciena's common service-aware operating software - Ciena OneOS - to enable automated service delivery, dynamic mesh restoration and massive scale. The 5400 family integrates its own patent-pending technology with control plane technology from Ciena's CoreDirector, OTN and FlexiPort technology of the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform and the True Carrier Ethernet functionality of the Carrier Ethernet Services Delivery (CESD) portfolio.

Initial products in the 5400 family will include the 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System and the 5410 Reconfigurable Switching System. The first release of the 5430 is a 44 RU, 30-slot system with 3.6 Terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity, while the 5410 is a 22 RU, 10-slot system with 1.2 Tbps
of capacity. Both platforms are designed to scale beyond the initial capacities, up to 7.2 Tbps, as market demand evolves. All members of the 5400 family will share modules and software so customers can optimize each switch for the application, bandwidth, space, power and cost requirements of specific locations in their network. Initial 5400 Reconfigurable Switching Systems will be in lab trials with customers later this year with general availability in the first half of 2010. Additional enhancements and platforms are expected to be available later in 2010.

Ciena Upgrades its CoreDirector with OTN, FlexiPorts, 1,000 Node Scale

Ciena rolled out a number of key hardware and software enhancements to its flagship CoreDirector FS Multiservice Optical Switch to support the transition from SONET/SDH architectures to next-generation Ethernet/OTN-based networks.

Ciena's CoreDirector, which is deployed in both terrestrial and submarine networks at some of the world's largest operators, was originally designed to automate the core of SONET/SDH networks via intelligent software-based automation and control plane- managed resiliency.

CoreDirector FS retains those same capabilities while consolidating SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet functionality in a single, high-capacity multiservice optical switch, thereby giving customers a simplified network architecture approach, reduced operational costs and a flexible option to help migrate their network architectures from SONET/SDH to Ethernet and OTN to alleviate the strain of increased bandwidth demand from high-speed optical private line and packet services.

New hardware modules and software features for the CoreDirector FS enable transparent service delivery with OTN switching, scalability up to 1000 nodes in a single control plane domain, and full C-band tunable, pluggable ULH DWDM interfaces. Ciena is adding its "FlexSelect" Line Modules with programmable ports to the platform and providing tighter integration with its CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform.

Ciena said the introduction of OTN networking on CoreDirector FS extends the service flexibility and wavelength efficiency of CN 4200 beyond the metro, creating a highly-reliable, automated and efficient regional, national or global mesh core. The OTN capabilities in both the CoreDirector FS and CN 4200 provide an end-to-end software-automated optical layer to optimize the router layer. In addition, the platform's multi-protocol fabric and SONET/SDH-to-OTN gateway features enables CoreDirector FS to optimize and cost-reduce metro hub offices by eliminating standalone SONET/SDH, OTN and back-to-back DWDM muxponder equipment. These capabilities are now commercially available.

Key applications including differentiated bandwidth wholesaling, resilient submarine cable landing networks, digital video and content distribution, and MEF-compliant ELINE services, among others.

Carriers employing the CoreDirector include AT&T, BT, Cable & Wireless, Sprint, Tata Communications, Telmex and Verizon Business. Approved by NIST for SmartGrid

The National Institute Standards Technologies (NIST) has been approved technology for use in Smart Grid applications. is the next-generation wired networking standard developed by the United Nation's ITU-T that supports high-speed communication over power lines, phone lines, and coaxial cable. Most devices that consume or monitor energy and that are connected to AC power can benefit from technology. Examples include smart electricity meters, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical appliances, lightning systems, TVs, and other devices. can also be used to establish a secure communication channel between Plug-in Electrical Vehicles (PEV) and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) found in distributed charging stations.

HomeGrid Forum, which promotes standardization efforts for next-generation wired home networking, is forming a working group within the organization to focus on Smart Grid applications. By working with its member companies, HomeGrid Forum will help bring a range of devices to market that are compliant with the requirements for deployment in Smart Grid and home energy management applications.

" is a next generation wired networking standard and as such it delivers higher performance, seamless connectivity and power efficiency," said Matt Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum. "The standard includes significant provisions for power management, including sleep modes that will enable devices based on technology to meet power efficiency standards such as the European Code of Conduct on ‘Energy Consumption of Broadband Communication Equipment,' regulations such as the European Commission Regulation 1275/2008 and other requirements of the Smart Grid industry."

Occam Networks Expands into Europe with FTTP

Occam Networks announced its expansion into European FTTP access markets. Occam offers a wide range of Gigabit Ethernet and GPON optical line terminals (OLTs), including its BLC 6000 multi service access platform (MSAP), optical network terminals (ONTs) and service management solutions.

The company said it is building a network of value added resellers throughout Europe as it ramps up efforts to support the region. This initiative started with the relationships it gained through the acquisition of certain Terawave assets in October 2007. These relationships included a reseller network that covers key geographies and provides local customer support. The result is a fully operational, trained channel capable of equipping and supporting in region sales and marketing activities.

"European service providers, especially alternative providers such as municipalities and utilities, are selecting Ethernet and GPON as the broadband infrastructure solutions of choice as they focus on building standards based, open networks for delivery of bandwidth intensive entertainment and communication services," said Bob Howard-Anderson, Occam's President and CEO.

Video Interview: ZTE on 3G/4G for North America

Dr. Li Mo, Chief Architect, ZTE USA

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Brazil's Ativas Data Center Deploys Cisco Nexus 5000

Ativas Data Center, an Asamar Group company, has invested in a Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch-based solution to underpin its next-generation data center architecture. The facility, which is planned to start operations in early 2010 in the state of Minas Gerais, will employ the latest data center virtualization techniques.

ZTE Launches Multiservice Ethernet Switches

ZTE unveiled new multi-service switches designed for the service edge layer of metro networks or the edge layer of enterprise networks. The new ZXR10 3900E and 5900E series switches leverage an ASIC that was developed in-house.

The ZXR10 scales to support 1,776 GE and 296 XGE ports. The ZXR10 3900E and 5900E can monitor 8K links per 3.3 ms to provide 50ms carrier-class Ethernet and MPLS switchover.

"The ZTE data product R&D Team designed the ZxR10 series according to the growing requirements from European and new markets," said Mr. Zhao Qiang, Deputy General Manager of ZTE Bearer Networks.

NTT and NTT DOCOMO to Showcase LTE in Geneva

NTT and NTT DOCOMO announced plans to showcase their LTE endeavours at the upcoming ITU Telecom World 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 5 to 9.

The NTT Group stand will showcase wide-ranging exhibits and demonstrations of the latest services and technologies offered in Japan, as well as highly advanced services to be offered over Next-Generation Network (NGN) and super-fast Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network.

NTT will show optical access technologies supporting NGN, including GE-PON, low-friction indoor optical fiber.

NTT DOCOMO will be showing LTE handsets and services, including the summer 2009 lineup, mobile concierge service, intuitive mobile search and navigation, etc.

Vodafone Readies Mobile App Store, Unveils "Keeper"

Vodafone is preparing to launch its Mobile App store, called Vodafone360, in time for the holidays.The service will be launched on two new phones from Samsung and several hundred additional handsets.

Included in this launch will be the popular password and data storage app, Keeper Mobile by Callpod. Keeper allows users to quickly and easily store passwords, account numbers, website logins, notes, lists and other business or personal information on their Smartphone, mobile device, laptop or desktop computer using 128-bit encryption. Keeper will be available on handsets utilizing the Vodafone360 platform for over 100 million subscribers.

AT&T Criticizes Google on Net Neutrality

AT&T filed a letter with the FCC reiterating its support for a vibrant, open Internet, while also criticizing Google for its own disregard for Net Neutrality. Specifically, AT&T said Google is systematically blocking telephone calls from consumers that use Google Voice to call phone numbers in certain rural communities and, as a result, is reducing its access expenses.

A June 2007 FCC decision prohibits other providers, including those with which Google Voice competes, from taking such action. Google has dismissed the Commission's order, claiming that Google Voice "isn't a traditional phone service and shouldn't be regulated like other common carriers."

AT&T's Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory Robert Quinn, said:

"Google Voice has claimed for itself a significant advantage over providers offering competing services. By openly flaunting the call blocking prohibition that applies to its competitors, Google is acting in a manner inconsistent with the spirit, if not the letter, of the FCC's fourth principle contained in its Internet Policy Statement. Ironically, Google is also flouting the so-called ‘fifth principle of non-discrimination' for which Google has so fervently advocated..."

"AT&T strongly emphasizes that the existing Internet principles are serving consumers well in their current form and there is no sound reason to radically expand and codify those principles. But if the Commission nonetheless embarks on such a course as it apparently plans to do in an upcoming rulemaking, it absolutely must ensure that any such rules apply evenly -- not just to network operators but also to providers of Internet applications, content and services. Anything less would be ineffective, legally suspect and, in all events, a direct repudiation of President Obama's call for a ‘level playing field.'

DragonWave Files for U.S. IPO and NASDAQ Listing

DragonWave has filed for an initial public offering of common shares in the United States (the "U.S. IPO"), proposing to ffer 7,454,050 common shares while certain selling shareholders propose to offer 5,518,250 common shares (the "Offering"). In connection with its U.S. IPO, DragonWave has received conditional approval to list its common shares on the NASDAQ Global Market.

DragonWave expects to use the net proceeds from the Offering (excluding any net proceeds to the selling shareholders) primarily:

  • to strengthen the company's balance sheet in preparation for new mobile broadband network deployments and to better position DragonWave to be selected as an equipment vendor for large network service providers;

  • to fund working capital requirements associated with accelerating sales and production of DragonWave's products, and

  • to continue to fund efforts to increase sales penetration in regions outside North America.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Orange Business Services Sets up in Vietnam

Orange Business Services has established direct sales & marketing operations in Vietnam.

While Orange Business Services' operations have been present in Vietnam for more than 30 years, the new sales and marketing entity, Orange Business (Vietnam) Co. Limited, will address the information and communication technology needs of local and global multinational enterprises as well as public sector organizations in the country. Orange Business (Vietnam)'s offerings will include systems integration, consultancy and project management as well as field engineering and maintenance services.

Orange Business Services already provides MPLS-based IP VPN services in Vietnam and enjoys a long-established relationship with Vietnam Datacommunication Company to deliver sophisticated integrated communications services.

Time Warner Cable Launches 50 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 in NYC

Time Warner Cable is rolling out DOCSIS 3.0-based wideband Internet service in in New York City.

Warner Cable residential customers can now get speeds up to 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream for $99.95 per month. Business Class Wideband Internet customers can subscribe to two new Internet offerings: up to 50 Mbps downstream / 5 Mbps upstream, and up to 20 Mbps downstream / 2 Mbps upstream.

Time Warner Cable Wideband Internet and Business Class Wideband Internet is now available in Manhattan (below 79th Street), Staten Island and Queens (Fresh Meadows, Forest Hills and South Flushing). It will be available throughout the company's entire NYC service area by Spring 2010.

BT Wholesale to Double its Next Gen Access Footprint

BT Wholesale announced its intent to significantly expand the availability of next generation copper broadband network, which delivers customers speeds of up to 24 Mbps.

BT now aims to double the current footprint for the service -- bringing it within reach of 20 million homes and businesses by Spring 2011. The company also revealed substantial reductions for the price it charges communications providers in order to encourage the take up of next generation broadband.

BT Wholesale current offers these services from exchanges serving more than 40 percent of UK homes and businesses. The intended expansion of the footprint will take this availability to 55 percent by Spring 2010 and then to around 75 percent depending on customer demand, by Spring 2011.

Intel Demos 10 Gbps "Light Peak" Cable for Consumer Electronics

At this week's Intel Developer's Forum in San Francisco, Intel demonstrated a new high-speed optical cable technology, expected to be ready by next year, that can be used to connect mainstream electronic devices such as laptops, HD displays, cameras, video players, iPods, docking stations and solid-state drives (SSDs) to each other using optical fiber rather than copper wires.
The Intel developed "Light Peak" cable delivers 10 Gbps of bandwidth, with the potential ability to scale to 100 Gbps over the next decade. At 10 Gbps, a user could transfer a full-length Blu-ray movie in less than 30 seconds.

Some interesting facts about Light Peak: the optical module is only12mm by 12mm and drives two optical ports using VCSELs (Vertical Cavity, Surface Emitting Laser). Intel believes the module can be produced at 1/30th the cost of traditional telecom modules. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable.

Intel said it will work with the industry o determine the best way to make this new technology a broadly available standard.

Intel's Upcoming "Moorestown" Targets Smartphones and MIDs

Intel detailed progress on its "Moorestown" platform, scheduled for 2010 and targeting MIDs and smartphones. The chip will leverage Distributed Power Gating technology that along with other techniques will help to achieve up to a 50x improvement in platform idle power reduction compared to Intel's first generation "Menlow" platform. Intel said these reductions are enabling it to establish new thresholds in ultra low power while making it possible to run the full Internet and media-rich applications in handheld devices.

Intel's third generation ultra-low power platform, codenamed "Medfield," will be a single-chip 32nm system-on-chip (SoC) design expected in 2011 that will enable a much smaller form factor and lower power designs than Moorestown, helping extend Intel squarely into smartphone segments.

Intel Unveils 45nm Atom Chip for STBs

Intel its CE4100 "Atom" processor designed to bring Internet content and services to digital TVs, DVD players and advanced set-top boxes.

The CE4100 processor, formerly codenamed "Sodaville," is the first 45nm-manufactured consumer electronics (CE) SoC based on Intel architecture. It supports Internet and broadcast applications on one chip, and has the processing power and audio/video components necessary to run rich media applications such as 3-D graphics.

"Traditional broadcast networks are quickly shifting from a linear model to a multi-stream, Internet-optimized model to offer consumers digital entertainment that complements the TV such as social networking, 3-D gaming and streaming video," said Eric Kim, senior vice president and general manager, Intel Digital Home Group. "At the center of the TV evolution is the CE4100 media processor, a new architecture that meets the critical requirements for connected CE devices."

Intel confirmed that it is working with Adobe to port Adobe Flash Player 10 to the family of Intel CE media processors to optimize the playback of graphics and H.264 video.

Intel CE media processors provide a full-featured software framework called Widget Channel for the development of Internet applications, or TV widgets.

3Com Reports Quarterly Revenue of $291 Million, down 15% YoY

3Com reported quarterly revenue of $290.5 million for its fiscal 2010 first quarter, which ended August 28, 2009. This compares to revenue of $342.7 million in the corresponding period in fiscal 2009, a 15.2 percent decrease.

Net income in the quarter was $7.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with net income of $79.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. Fiscal year 2009 first quarter results included a $70.0 million favorable patent dispute resolution, representing a benefit of $0.17 per diluted share.

"We are pleased with 3Com's start to our new fiscal year," said Bob Mao, 3Com's Chief Executive Officer. "We had a very good quarter, delivering solid revenue performance, improving gross margin over the prior year, and continuing to generate cash from operations.

Alcatel-Lucent Selected for New CDMA/EV-DO Network in Iraq

Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a new contract by HI LINK TELECOM LTD, the winner of Western Iraq's CDMA fixed wireless license, for the deployment of its greenfield wireless broadband network in Al Anbar province in the West of Iraq. The network will use CDMA/EV-DO wireless technology to deliver voice and broadband data services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will CDMA radio access, core network elements and microwave backhaul solutions. Additionally, Alcatel-Lucent will be responsible for installation, commissioning, project management, maintenance, network optimization and end-to-end network integration for the project. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Britain's Manx Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent for FTTx

Manx Telecom, which is the Isle of Man's largest telecommunications and Internet provider, selected
Alcatel-Lucent for its FTTx rollout. Specifically, Manx is using Alcatel-Lucent's outdoor cabinets in combination with its ISAM family of IP access nodes.

NSN Announces Executive Appointments

Nokia Siemens Networks appointed Kalevi Kostiainen as the head of its operations for Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this appointment, Kalevi headed Nokia Siemens Networks Converged Core business in Asia Pacific.

Nokia Siemens Networks also appointed Paul Tyler as its Head of Sales, Asia Pacific. Prior to this appointment Paul headed Nokia Siemens Networks business in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

NSN Integrates Carrier Ethernet with FlexiPacket Microwave for Backhaul

Nokia Siemens Networks is introducing a new Ethernet-based wireless mobile backhaul solution. The solution combines Carrier Ethernet transport (CET) in its FlexiPacket Microwave Radio in a "zero footprint" -- taking up no additional space - backhaul site solution that eliminates the need for a separate indoor unit for the microwave radio. The CET feature set allows network and transport sharing to be realized with strict guarantees for all parties -- in particular hard quality of service (QoS) and full support for next generation mobile services and applications.

NSN said its new approach provides a cost efficient, environment friendly answer for operators who need to dramatically increase capacity and switch to a simpler, packet-based transport network.

"The result of no additional shelter equipment, space and power consumption can reduce site costs by up to 25 percent, with the side effect of a high ecological value for the customer," said Tamas Major, portfolio manager for mobile backhaul at Nokia Siemens Networks. "This test revealed the interoperability of our solution in terms of synchronization which is major step for the applicability of mobile backhaul deployment based in carrier Ethernet."

The company demonstrated the solution in the interoperability test bed of the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC).

FCC Seeks Input on New Spectrum for BB Wireless

The FCC is seeking public comment on the sufficiency of current spectrum allocations, including but not limited to the prime spectrum bands below 3.7 GHz, for purposes developing its National Broadband Plan. The FCC's Public Notice asks for detailed, fact-based responses and, to the extent possible, quantitative data and analytical justification. Specifically, the FCC is seeking public input on the following subjects:

1. What is the ability of current spectrum allocations to support next-generation build-outs and
the anticipated surge in demand and throughput requirements?

2. What spectrum bands are best positioned to support mobile wireless broadband?

3. What spectrum bands are best positioned to support fixed wireless broadband?

4. What are the key issues in moving spectrum allocations toward their highest and best use in the
public interest?

5. What is the ability of current spectrum allocations to support both the fixed and mobile
wireless backhaul market?

The FCC's request for information also noted the following interesting facts and observations gathered from various sources across the industry:

  • CTIA notes that the wireless market in the United States now encompasses over 270 million subscribers.

  • Motorola notes that more than 78 percent of U.S. wireless consumers have a wireless device that is capable of accessing the Internet, and approximately 40 million American consumers are active users of mobile Internet services -- a 75 percent increase from two years ago.

  • According to Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI), a traditional handheld device, with average customer usage patterns, will consume about 30 megabytes of data in a month, a single smart phone consumes 30 times that amount, and a single connected notebook or laptop computer is consuming 450 times that amount.

  • Customers of T-Mobile's G1 smartphone use 50 times the data of an average T-Mobile customer.

  • Mobile applications, such as video, Internet gaming, and social networking typically require bandwidth between 1 and 5 Mbps, compared to 6 to 12 kbps for a mobile voice call.

  • According to CTIA, mobile carriers in the United States operate with just under 450 MHz of spectrum, which CTIA contends compares poorly with many other OECD nations .

  • CTIA further adds there is only 40 MHz of spectrum "in the pipeline" for CMRS providers.

  • WCAI suggests the need for spectrum for fixed wireless broadband could be 150 megahertz.

  • IEEE recommends the use of TV spectrum as potential spectrum available for wireless broadband Internet services.

  • UTC/Edison suggests that reallocating the 1.8 GHz band will support the operations, maintenance, and management of the electricity supply.

  • API recommends that critical infrastructure entities receive access to the 700 MHz band.

  • T-Mobile notes that the United States should follow the example of other nations that are making spectrum available for 3G service in the 1.7 to 1.9 GHz bands, 2.5 GHz, and 2.6 GHz bands.

  • AT&T stated the demand for data on its wireless networks is exploding at such a rapid rate that technological solutions alone cannot be the answer. The ability of AT&T to handle the 5,000% growth in data usage over the past three years relies upon broad contiguous bands of spectrum. To help support this growth, in 2009 AT&T plans to build add an additional 2,000 cell sites to its networks.


Aruba Networks Debuts Low Cost 802.11N AP

Aruba Networks introduced a compact, dual-radio AP-105 802.11n Access Point priced at $695 (U.S. list). The dual radio, 2x2 MIMO design delivers up to 300Mbps per radio. Software reconfiguration allows repurposing for connectivity, mesh, intrusion sensor, and remote access applications. It includes a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which securely stores network credentials and cipher keys to protect network integrity even if the access point is probed or stolen.

The company said its value pricing breaks new ground for the enterprise WLAN market, paving the way for the eventual cross-over point between wired and wireless enterprise networks.

The Aruba AP-105 aims to accelerate adoption of 802.11n by offering enterprise-grade security, high throughput, streaming video support, and other key features previously available only in more expensive devices. It can be used in conjunction with Aruba's recently introduced 600 Series Controllers.

Aruba also announced a reduction in the U.S. list price of its top-of-the-line 3x3 MIMO AP-124 and AP-125 Access Points to just $995. Both access points feature operation over standard 803.2af POE, dual gigabit Ethernet ports with Secure Jack access control, high throughput rates over long ranges, and FIPS 140-2 validation. The AP-124 includes external antenna connectors
for use with a wide range of antennas, while the AP-125 uses adjustable integrated antennas.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

T-Mobile Austria Picks NSN for 3G Upgrade

T-Mobile Austria, which serves 3.4 million mobile customers, has signed on Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its 3G radio access network by mid-2010. As part of the project, Nokia Siemens Networks will conduct a nationwide deployment of its energy efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. This includes the deployment of 2,500 base stations nationwide on a tight schedule and without interruption.

Alcatel-Lucent signs EU's Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption

Alcatel-Lucent has signed the European Union's Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment, agreeing to make "all reasonable efforts to achieve the power consumption targets defined in the Code of Conduct for at least 90 percent of the total port count of new model items introduced."

"Alcatel-Lucent understands the concern our customers have about the impact their networks have on the environment, and we have taken an advanced, structured and holistic approach toward developing eco-sustainable solutions. A key component of our program is to build smarter, eco-sustainable networks for them, while helping them reduce their total cost of ownership," said James Watt, Chief Technology Officer, Alcatel-Lucent Carrier Group.

Alcatel-Lucent said it will annually provide the European Commission with information concerning the energy consumption of the broadband equipment covered by the Code of Conduct. This is equipment primarily deployed into service providers' networks, but Alcatel-Lucent also agreed to include certain equipment typically deployed at businesses or homes, such as DSL terminals and optical networking terminals.
  • In 2008 Alcatel-Lucent committed to improving the energy efficiency of key products by at least 20 percent over the next two years, and that year Alcatel-Lucent developed eco-declarations for more than 95 percent of its product portfolio. These summarize the impact these products have on the environment, taking into account characteristics such as energy consumption, emissions, material content, packaging and disposal concerns.

Singapore's Nucleus Connect Selects Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent

Nucleus Connect, which has been appointed by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) as the operating company (OpCo) to design, build and
operate the active infrastructure for Singapore's Next Gen National Broadband Network, has selected Huawei Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent as primary vendors. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei has been awarded a seven year contract to provide the end-to-end full turn-key active network solution and professional EOT (Establish, Operate, Transfer) services for the entire Next Gen NBN. The offering includes 80-Tbps IP core Clustering Router, Next Generation DWDM optical transmission, Aggregation Service Router, Terabit GPON access platform, Carrier Ethernet Switch, Multi-service ONTs and the Unified network management system for the entire active network.

Alcatel-Lucent was selected as the systems integrator for its business and operations support systems (BSS/OSS). Alcatel-Lucent's solution is built using strategic partners' off-the-shelf best of breed software products using service-oriented architecture (SOA) and data modeling is in accordance to the TM Forum SID (shared information data) model. Key functionality includes fulfillment (customer management and order handling, order management, service and network activation); Assurance (fault management, performance and QoS management, SLA management, and ITIL processes for incident, problem and change management); Billing (rating, billing, invoicing); Operations support (network and service inventory, workforce management and business intelligent reporting); and Applications enablement (SDP platform to enable on-boarding of RSP services). Alcatel-Lucent said its solution will fully support Nucleus Connect's wholesale business model.

Singapore's Next Gen NBN will be the world' s first Open Access FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) network using GPON & Active Ethernet access technology and multi-service MPLS IP Core technology. The project envisions bandwidth services ranging from 100Mbps to 1Gbps to residential users and business users. Nucleus Connect plans to commence commercial operations in Q1-2010. Actual availability of ultra high-speed broadband connectivity to homes and businesses in Singapore will depend on the roll-out schedule of the Next Gen NBN. The government of Singapore expects broadband connectivity of up to 1Gbps in 95% of homes and offices by December 2012.

The model set by the IDA is separated structurally and operationally. End-users will subscribe to services from retail service providers (RSPs), who rely on connectivity services in a wholesale model provided by the OpCo (who manages the active network). The OpCo in turn relies on the network company (NetCo) to provide access to the passive fibre network. Nucleus Connect, a wholly-owned subsidiary of StarHub, serves as the OpCo.
  • In early September 2009, OpenNet, the NetCo appointed by IDA, also selected Alcatel-Lucent's BSS/OSS and system integration expertise to manage its NetCo business operation in the frame of the Next Gen NBN.

  • In April 200, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has selected Nucleus Connect (StarHub) to serve as the Operating Company (OpCo) under the Next Generation National Broadband Network.

Symmetricom Announces IEEE 1588 Clock over Ethernet

Symmetricom introduced a GPS referenced grandmaster clock and IEEE 1588 measurement and validation tool supporting Precision Time Protocol (PTP) Version 2. The solution provides ultra-precise time and frequency synchronization over Ethernet networks.

Symmetricom's XLi IEEE 1588 Grandmaster contains a dedicated 1588 time stamp processor and functions as an IEEE 1588 slave with the ability to measure PTP client performance by assessing time transfer accuracy across a network.

IEEE Ratifies 802.11w, WLAN Specification

The IEEE has ratified IEEE 802.11w-2009, Standard for Information Technology-Telecommunications and Information Exchange between systems-Local and Metropolitan networks-Specific requirements-Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) specifications: Protected Management Frames Amendment.

This new amendment to the IEEE 802.11 base standard defines that provide enhanced protection for wireless local area networks (WLANs),

Skype for SIP Now Interoperable with Cisco UC

The beta version of Skype for SIP has been certified as interoperable with the Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for Small Business. This opens the doors for small and medium-sized businesses who manage their networking and communications to direct their outbound calls to mobiles and landlines via Skype, while also allowing them to receive inbound calls from Skype users.

Verizon Business Offers Cisco Integrated Services Router for SMBs

Verizon Business introduced a new Managed Router Solution that provides secure dedicated Internet access at speeds ranging from 1.5 Mbps T1 to 50 Mbps Ethernet coupled with proactive monitoring and premium maintenance and installation services. The 24 x 7 proactive router monitoring and management service uses customer premises equipment from Cisco, including the Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers, Cisco 500 Series Secure Routers and Cisco 800 Series Routers

Aricent and Juni Collaborate on WiMAX

Aricent and Juni Global (Juni) announced a collaboration to provide an end-to-end WiMAX infrastructure solution for in-campus (enterprise / residential) and private networks. The joint solution combines Aricent's standards-based WiMAX Integrated Gateway (WING) software framework and Juni's extensive suite of Femto / Pico Base Stations, which are designed for operators looking to expand high bandwidth mobile Internet services within campuses and small private networks.

AT&T Extends its Application Services to Customers in Mexico

AT&T has extended its portfolio of advanced application services to Mexico through a collaboration with a local telecommunications supplier. Services in the AT&T Business Solutions portfolio now available in Mexico include AT&T Connect , AT&T Managed IP Telephony services and AT&T Telepresence Solution.

TeliaSonera Acquires Estonia's Eesti Telekom

The Government of Estonia agreed to accept TeliaSonera's cash offer for its shares of Eesti Telekom after having agreed with TeliaSonera on the payment of an extra dividend from Eesti Telekom this year and a dividend policy for the coming three years. The total offer amount is EEK 5,117 million (SEK 3,333 million).

Video Interview: NSN on Mobile Broadband Evolution

Tommi Uitto, Nokia Siemens Networks

Monday, September 21, 2009

Video Interview: Packet One Brings WiMAX to Malaysia

Michael Lai, CEO, Packet One Networks

Video Interview: GSMA on Mobile Broadband Rollouts

Jaikishan Rajaraman, Senior Director of Services, GSMA

HSPA Mobile Broadband Gains Enterprise Traction

HSPA Mobile Broadband technology is growing in popularity amongst global organizations, according to a new survey commissioned by the GSMA of 1000 enterprises across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.

The survey shows that on average, 12.3% of global workforces (per business) have access to mobile broadband. This figure is set to increase by 25% over the next 12 months.

A vast majority of enterprises surveyed revealed that of the equipment they provide to employees currently, more than 70% provide laptops, VPN access and various other remote access technologies. Because mobility has become one of the most important technological considerations, the provision of desktops is on the decline. This is further proved by the fact that 59% of global organisations have provided wireless internet to its employees.

While the outlook for enterprise mobile broadband technology globally looks extremely positive, the survey also revealed that only the more senior positions (60% of company directors, 62% managers) and company sales representatives (39%) are provided with mobile broadband devices.

"The findings provide an extremely encouraging global outlook for HSPA Mobile Broadband technology penetration within enterprises," says Michael O'Hara, CMO at the GSMA. "The results clearly demonstrate that enterprises are keen to innovate and have recognized the freedom and flexibility that HSPA Mobile Broadband delivers."

Calix Introduces Fifteen New ONTs

Calix has extended its portfolio of optical network terminals (ONTs) from 9 models to 24, each optimized for unique service-provider deployment scenarios. The company said new applications, such as mobile backhaul, multi-dwelling unit (MDU) services, and small and medium-sized business (SMB) deployments, are emerging as large revenue opportunities that often complement residential fiber access networks. Each application requires a different set of ONT form factors and features. Each of the 15 new ONTs is optimized for one of four applications:

  • Mobile backhaul -- Designed to meet the strict performance criteria imposed by mobile service providers.

    o 766GX / 766GX-R / 766GX-R24 (8 T1s (TDM or pseudowire), 4 GE, 8 POTS, available in wall and rack mounted versions, +24V and -48V options)

  • MDU services -- Broad feature set designed for residential deployment of four and eight living units and featuring the first MDU ONT in the industry with an embedded and managed RF return for two-way RF video.

    o 760GX and 762GX (4-8 GE, 8 POTS, 4 RF ports up to 1 GHz)

    o 763GX / 763GX-R (8 GE, 8 POTS, 8 RF ports up to 1 GHz, integrated SCTE RFOG micronode)

  • Small and medium-sized businesses -- Optimized for the wide deployment requirements of business parks, strip malls, and office buildings

    o 765G-R / 765G-R24 (4T1s, 4 GE, 8 POTS, available in wall and rack mounted versions, +24V and -48V options)

    o 767GX-R Rack mounted design for mixed residential and business environments that require support of T1s and two-way RF video (8 T1s (TDM or pseudowire), 4 GE, 8 POTS, 8 RF ports up to 1 GHz, integrated SCTE RFOG micronode)

  • Single-family residential -- A variety of new units supporting 1 GHz RF video

    o 720GX, 721GX, 722GX, 724GX (1 GE, 1 FE, 2-4 POTS, RF port up to 1 GHz, HPNA support on some models)

    o 725GX, includes an embedded and managed SCTE RFOG micronode (1 GE, 1 FE, 2-4 POTS, RF port up to 1 GHz, integrated SCTE RFOG support)

HP Introduces "SkyRoom" Business Videoconferencing

HP unveiled its "SkyRoom" high-definition videoconferencing software that offers live, real-time collaboration for instant face-to-face meetings with no subscription fees.

HP SkyRoom, which is based on video and image communication technology developed in HP Labs, offers real-time collaboration for up to four people over a standard business network for $149. It will be included as a standard feature -- at no cost -- on select HP business desktop and mobile workstations and for free for a trial period on many upcoming HP premium business PCs and notebooks. HP SkyRoom can be used on workstations or PCs from Dell, Lenovo or Sun that meet minimum technology requirements. Companies now have the power to change the economics of travel and reduce their carbon footprint while preserving the value of personal human interaction.

The company said the breakthrough innovation behind its SkyRoom comes from the combination of high-definition, multiuser videoconferencing and a sophisticated capability to share display information more securely than with actual transfer of data and processing functions. HP SkyRoom's video engine enables all participants to see the presenter's display and each other through a multiway videoconferencing session. The video engine is multithreaded to take advantage of the power of today's multiprocessor and multicore processing technologies.

Nominum Launches SKYE Cloud Services for DNS

Nominum has launched an independent business unit called "SKYE" that offers a suite of cloud-based services to address infrastructure and new service needs, such as web services that connect to and augment Nominum's installed base of Intelligent DNS systems worldwide. Specifically, SKYE is being offered by Nominum to:

  • Ensure that Nominum's Intelligent DNS technology is available to the broadest market segment of enterprises and Internet Service Providers. Customers who seek to offer their end-users the added stability, security, and headroom offered by Nominum's Intelligent DNS systems can now implement these benefits via a cloud-based service.

  • Deliver turn-key DNS-based navigation assistance and security services. Customers can now look to Nominum for complete search and security services helping end-users find the information they desire quickly across devices and access methods while protecting them from a growing range of threats such as phishing, bots, and malware.

"End users have complex needs and they are demanding that network owners take a more active role in improving and protecting their user experience," said Tom Tovar, Chief Executive Officer of Nominum. "With SKYE, carriers and enterprises can exceed these demands by augmenting the software purchased from Nominum, bringing to market a range of responsible, reliable and safe services to improve the user experience, and tying them directly into the largest coverage of any DNS solution on the Internet."

SKYE delivers the following four categories of services:

  • SKYE CORE - A caching DNS service making it possible for all enterprises and ISPs to seamlessly upgrade their DNS to the most reliable and secure technology. Additionally, SKYE CORE allows these organizations to take advantage of value-added services like SKYE SEARCH and SKYE TRUST. This service is based on the same Vantio Base Server software that is widely deployed and serving nearly half of the wired Internet.

  • SKYE SECURE - An authoritative DNS service tailored for enterprises and ISPs wanting more resilience, reliability, and security to protect online sites and applications from interruptions and other DNS threats. This service is based on the same Authoritative Name Server (ANS) software from Nominum that is deployed worldwide, and includes full support for DNSSEC.

  • SKYE SEARCH - A turn-key ISP-branded search destination solution providing broadband users with navigation assistance and search recommendations for a wide range of user-based DNS errors. Each page provides search results relevant to the error made and suggests alternatives that quickly navigate the user to their intended destinations. SKYE SEARCH works in conjunction with Nominum's Vantio NXR software module that is deployed in a service provider network. Additionally, it can be used by service providers that are SKYE CORE customers. Together, the software and the service enable the industry's only responsible and end-user focused service.

  • SKYE TRUST - A threat management service that acts as the primary source of data in the fight against malicious activity on the Internet (e.g., malware, botnets, spam, phishing sites, etc.) and illegal content such as government-restricted gambling sites, or child exploitation content. SKYE TRUST goes beyond aggregating diverse sets of "black lists" and adapts in real-time to traffic patterns that indicate emerging threats.

Vuclip Raises $6 Million for Cloud-based Mobile Video Transcoding

Vuclip, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, announced a Series B funding round of $6 million supporting its cloud-based, real-time transcoding service.

Vuclip said it is already delivering more than one million mobile videos every day to mobile users on more than 3,000 unique mobile handsets in 150 countries around the world, including India, China and the United States. Vuclip's service enables video to play on any phone with a mobile browser and native media player. The company partners with numerous content owners around the globe to deliver premium, targeted content to consumers that is monetized through Vuclip's proprietary dynamic ad stitching technology.

The new funding was led by Jafco Ventures. Existing investor New Enterprise Associates also participated in the round.

Verizon Wireless Outlines its Road to LTE

Verizon Wireless must focus not only on building the most reliable next-generation 4G LTE wireless network in the country -- and one of the first on the globe -- but must also take a proactive approach in developing the mobile ecosystem, said Tony Melone, Verizon Wireless senior vice president and chief technology officer, speaking at the 2009 PCIA Wireless Infrastructure Show. Melone confirmed the company's LTE network build plan, saying Verizon Wireless plans to launch in 25 to 30 markets in 2010 and cover virtually all of its current nationwide 3G footprint with the next-generation network by the end of 2013. So far, everything is on schedule.

"We can build all the bells and whistles and make lots of bold claims, but none of it will matter if the network - and all of the underlying infrastructure that supports the network - isn't fundamentally reliable," Melone said. "I can promise you that reliability will continue to differentiate Verizon Wireless in the marketplace. And that is also what will differentiate the suppliers we choose. There will be no substitute for good old-fashioned engineering: reliability built in at the start based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined approach year after year will continue to be our mantra."

Melone outlined a number of collaborative initiatives undertaken by Verizon Wireless:

  • Open Development - established to help third-party developers create and certify devices to run on the company's network. To date, the company has certified more than 55 devices - mostly specialized machine-to-machine (M2M) units - to run on its 3G network. As a result, Verizon Wireless now has a tested and proven process to certify the multitude of specialty devices that will come as the 4G ecosystem evolves.

  • Verizon LTE Innovation Center - serving as an incubator for early development of both traditional and non-traditional products for use on Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network. The company is actively working with several strategic partners to help the consumer electronics industry quickly bring products to market, helping to play the role of matchmaker between the hardware and device companies and the software and application developers.

  • The Verizon Developer Community and V CAST Apps - a robust group of application developers are helping the company bring innovative applications to its customers through Verizon Wireless' forthcoming application store. V CAST Apps will launch by the end of the year so that developers can take advantage of the company's scale and distribution to market their applications to Verizon Wireless customers.

  • Joint Innovation Lab - a member of the venture with China Mobile, Softbank and Vodafone, Verizon Wireless is at the forefront in developing a software platform that will allow developers to create their mobile applications to run seamlessly across multiple operating systems.

  • Designated M2M Focus for Important Market Segments - Verizon Wireless recently formed a joint venture with Qualcomm aimed at machine-to-machine wireless services for a variety of vertical market segments, including healthcare, manufacturing, utilities, distribution and consumer products.

ARRIS Purchases Digeo for DVR and IP Video Engineering Talent

ARRIS agreed to purchase the assets of Digeo, including its intellectual property portfolio, for a cash purchase price of approximately $20 million. ARRIS plans to continue to develop and market the current line of Digeo Digital Video Recorder (DVR) products, including Digeo's Moxi Cable DVR and consumer HD DVR. Approximately 75 employees in Kirkland, Washington will join ARRIS.

ARRIS said the Digeo acquisition, along with the recently announced acquisition of EG Technology (EGT), provides it with substantial technical expertise in video networking and an innovative multimedia services delivery platform. The engineering talent and intellectual property acquired as part of these transactions will be combined with ARRIS' internal development efforts to accelerate the introduction of next-generation IP-based consumer video products and services. These new products will allow the Company's customers to cost effectively integrate and distribute new forms of personalized multimedia content throughout the home.

Nortel Seeks Sale of Packet Core Network Components

Nortel Networks is seeking a buyer for the assets of its Carrier Networks business associated with the development of Next Generation Packet Core network components (Packet Core Assets). The Packet Core Assets consist of software to support the transfer of data over existing wireless networks and the next generation of wireless communications technology, including relevant non-patent intellectual property, equipment and other related tangible assets. In connection with this proposed sale, NNL also expects to grant the purchaser a non-exclusive license of relevant patent intellectual property. Nortel will conduct an auction in regard to these assets.

Stoke Enhances Mobile Broadband Gateway for 3 LTE eNodeB Aggregation

Stoke released a software upgrade that enables its mobile broadband gateway to immediately support initial 4G/LTE deployments, while enhancing the profit potential of their current 3G networks. Specifically, the new StokeOS software and SSX-3000 platform now address the requirements of high availability, reduced operational expense, high performance and end-to-end security in eNodeB aggregation.

The new features in StokeOS 4.5 support deployments of all-IP backhaul architectures and allow carriers to leverage lower-cost open IP transport networks at the earliest stages of 4G/LTE. Capabilities in this software version include intra-device resilience, redundancy within individual Stoke SSX-3000 devices to reduce cost, power, and overall footprint, and support both for femtocells and LTE eNodeB base stations.

Stoke said there are four main considerations for eNodeB Aggregation:

  • Secure Communications: When open IP is used for wired or wireless backhaul, the signaling and subscriber traffic must be secured from the eNodeB to the operator core. The SSX-3000 is a high density, high throughput security gateway, providing line rate, low-latency, encrypted communications.

  • Tunnel Management: Unlike user to network secure sessions, the interaction between eNodeB and the security aggregator is of "network to network" type, therefore traffic destined for user endpoints as well as to the eNodeB itself must be protected. The gateway must be able to distinguish between traffic to subscribers and traffic destined for the eNodeB in the same encrypted tunnel. StokeOS 4.5 also provides a range of tunnel initialization and recovery options to ensure non-stop operations.

  • Deployment Flexibility: The gateway must be capable of supporting many types of home, pole-top and macro eNodeB units from a range of eNodeB suppliers to support expected operator LTE radio access network deployment models. It must also support different deployment architectures, providing operators with the freedom to select best-of-breed solutions for 4G, and 3G environments.

  • Operational Efficiency: In lab and commercial trials, customers identified efficiencies in space and power usage, multiple functionality, high availability and high scalability as key operational metrics.

Stoke's SSX-3000 delivers connection and traffic throughput densities from 8,000 to 240,000 connected subscribers, in throughput configurations from 4Gbps to 16Gbps, in a five-rack unit form factor.