Monday, November 30, 2009

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Sensory Networks' HyperScan Pushes Content Inspection Performance

Sensory Networks published new performance results for their HyperScan software engine showing pattern matching/content inspection throughput performance of up to 73Gbps running on a dual-socket, quad-core (8-core) Intel Xeon5500 Processor Series platform and using an IPS signature set from a tier-1 equipment vendor.

Sensory's HyperScan is a portable software library that, aside of supporting regular expressions, also supports a wide variety of other pattern sets required for most data networking and security applications.

As shown in the chart, HyperScan delivered near-linear scalability with the number of CPU cores/threads, and delivers deep content inspection throughput performance that scales from 9Gbps to over 70Gbps respectively. The company said its HyperScan not only leverages cache memory to scan large volumes of patterns simultaneously, but also takes advantage of platform specific optimizations, such as SIMD and Hyperthreading, to further improve performance. As a result, HyperScan runs 22% faster on the Intel Xeon 5500 Process Series, on a clock-for-clock basis, when compared to running on the Intel Xeon® 5400 Processor Series.

"Our HyperScan algorithms are steps beyond DFA and NFA implementations typically used in the industry for pattern matching," said Sab Gosal, CEO for Sensory Networks. "Using our patented techniques, coupled with an intimate knowledge of modern CPU architectures, HyperScan delivers throughput performance that not only scales linearly, but in cases, runs faster than equivalent hardware solutions."

ADC Adds Aricent Access Service Node Software to Its WiMAX Ecosystem

Aricent will provide its WiMAX Access Service Node (ASN) software as part of the ADC WiMAX ecosystem. With the addition of Aricent's ASN, ADC can offer turnkey WiMAX systems based on its pico and micro-class WiMAX base stations and distributed antenna systems.

ADC said the addition of Aricent's software-based ASN as an option for WiMAX systems based on ADC's FlexWave MMX base stations enables enterprises, universities, and wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) to deploy WiMAX systems while saving up to 40 percent over the cost of a traditional hardware-based ASN.

Aquantia Raises $44 Million for 10GBASE-T PHY

Aquantia, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, announced up to $44 million in Series D financing to support its development of mainstream 10GBASE-T PHY solutions.

In May 2009 Aquantia announced the validation in 40nm of the world's first quad 10GBASE-T IC, to deliver the critical power, density and cost performance levels needed by the data center ecosystem. Aquantia's current and newest generations of 10GBASE-T products have brought together the benefits of high-energy efficiency and high density for LOM and high-density switching implementations.

The new funding round bringing $35 million immediately and up to $44 million in time to the company. New Enterprise Associates (NEA) led the round, with participation from Aquantia's existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners, Pinnacle Ventures, and Venture Tech Alliance. In conjunction with the financing, NEA Partner Rohini Chakravarthy will join the board of directors.

Faraj Aalaei, CEO and president of Aquantia, commented, "The size of the round and the addition of NEA as a new investor are an outstanding vote of confidence for both Aquantia and for the industry, especially given the financial market's dynamics this year. We believe this financing validates our technology leadership, our business plan and sets Aquantia apart from our privately funded competitors. Aquantia is very well-positioned to enable widespread adoption of 10GBASE-T in switches, NIC cards and LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) in servers."http://www.aquantia.comAquantia is headed by Faraj Aalaei, who previously was the CEO of Centillium, a developer of DSL silicon.

Teknovus's Intelligent EPON Node Controller Offers 100km Reach

Teknovus introduced its the Intelligent EPON Node Controller, a system-on-chip solution that facilitates evolution of the PON network by extending central office (OLT) to subscriber (ONU) distances up to 100 km and by supporting connections to over 1,000 subscriber ONUs. Teknovus' TK3401 Intelligent EPON Node Controller also supports remote management, configuration and upgrade, protection switching, and low power operation.

Key features of the TK3401 Intelligent EPON Node Controller include:

  • Up to 100 km extended service coverage to reach remote subscribers and support consolidation of central office and cable head-end facilities

  • High OLT port efficiency and cost savings through aggregation of lightly-loaded and geographically dispersed subscriber ONUs; particularly important for cable MSOs supporting subscribers in rural deployments

  • Maximized fiber capacity for multiple dwelling unit (MDU) deployments, supporting up to 1,000 subscribers with FTTH (fiber to each unit).

Teknovus noted that China will end 2009 with more than 16 million EPON subscribers (according to China Telecom), slightly exceeding the 15 million forecast for Japan. With several million additional subscribers in Korea, Eastern Europe and the US, the total EPON subscriber forecast is well over 35 million for year-end 2009.

BridgeWave's 80 GHz Gigabit Links Support Towerstream's WiMAX Backhaul Net

Towerstream, a leading wireless Internet service provider, has deployed BridgeWave Communications' high-capacity links in its fixed WiMAX network. Towerstream is using BridgeWave's 80 GHz products for reliable carrier-class backhaul to provide its WiMAX services. BridgeWave's 80 GHz links enables Towerstream to achieve gigabit WiMAX backhaul speeds while still providing "five-nines" reliability.

Established in 2001, Towerstream delivers high-speed Internet access to businesses in markets including New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.

BridgeWave's 80 GHz links are deployed in several metropolitan areas including New York City and Boston. Plus, because of BridgeWave's ability to scale rapidly, Towerstream can also easily upgrade to meet evolving bandwidth needs and support future growth.

DragonWave Adds to Board

DragonWave announced the addition of Tom Manley to its Board of Directors as a non-executive director. Manley most recently was chief financial officer of Avaya Inc., a global telecommunications leader with $5.2 billion of revenue. From 2001 to 2008, he was chief financial officer and senior vice president of administration for Cognos Inc., until it was acquired by IBM.

Level 3 Provides 10 GbE Network Transport for Clearwire

Level 3 Communications announced an expanded relationship with Clearwire Communication to support their CLEAR 4G WiMax services. Specifically, Level 3 will provide Clearwire with 10 Gigabit Ethernet network transport services to major U.S. cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Houston and the Bay Area.

"Level 3 delivers nationwide network connectivity to support Clearwire in delivering advanced network technology for mobile broadband," said Andrew Crouch, president of Wholesale Markets for Level 3. "As greater wireless market penetration and usage places more mobile voice, data, video and Internet traffic on networks, Level 3 is well positioned to meet the capacity demands of our wireless customers and support their ongoing business growth."

Clearwire Launches WiMAX Retail Sales in 10 Additional Markets

Clearwire launched WiMAX retail operations in the following new markets: Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; and Seattle/Puget Sound, Washington.

Regular mobile Internet plans start at $35 per month. Customers can also purchase a WiMAX day pass for $10. Additional savings are available for customers by purchasing a combination of services that could include home-and-mobile or mobile-and-mobile Internet plans starting at $55 for both, or by signing up for a two-year service agreement. The dual-mode 4G/3G plan is available for just $70 per month with a two-year service agreement.

Ericsson to supply Convergent Charging Libya's Al-Madar

Al-Madar Al-Jadid, Libya's leading mobile operator, has selected Ericsson to supply a convergent charging and billing solution that will enable it to offer flexible tariffs, bonuses and rewards. Ericsson will also supply related systems integration services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vietnam's Vinaphone Selects NSN for Mobile Upgrade

Vinaphone, one of Vietnam's leading mobile players with 5 million subscribers, selected Nokia Siemens Networks for an upgrade of its core network. Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its packet core solution and will also modernize Vinaphone's existing 2G Radio Access Network for a 3G rollout. It will also implement its NetAct, which has been expanded to manage new network elements, to provide a centralized view of network resources and services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Polaris Wireless Benchmarks its Wireless Location Technology

Polaris Wireless announced new performance benchmarks for its software-based Location Signatures (Polaris WLS) Hybrid technology in terms of accuracy, time to fix and battery consumption for indoor and dense urban environments. Polaris Wireless also announced that its solution is 4G LTE ready, in addition to offering support for existing cellular air interfaces (GSM, cdma2000, UMTS).

The performance benchmarks were established for through field trials conducted by major wireless carriers globally. Specifically, North American carriers have recently conducted 3G location system trials, testing indoor and outdoor wireless location performance over an urban trial area of 10 square kilometers. Polaris out performed other solutions with a consistent accuracy of 47 to 59 meters versus 230 to 250 meters at 67th percentile. As further confirmation, a major wireless service provider in Asia recently tested 3G location performance, including accuracy, time to fix and battery consumption in urban and suburban settings. Results demonstrated Polaris Hybrid solution performance of 50 to 60 meters in 5 seconds time to fix compared with alternatives at 130 to 140 meters with 20 to 30 seconds time to fix. In addition, significant improvements in battery consumption were demonstrated to support pervasive location applications requiring frequent fixes, such as zone-based mobile marketing services.

Polaris said these trials demonstrated that its Hybrid solution performs better than A-GPS alone in both indoor and complex environments, such as dense urban areas with high rise buildings and many signal obstructions.

"The ability to locate wireless handsets and devices in indoor environments is particularly important since that is where most users originate voice and data calls," said Professor Per K. Enge, a leading researcher at Stanford University's GPS Laboratory. "Location performance in places like high rise office buildings and indoor shopping malls is critical to meeting consumer and enterprise demand as well as emergency call requirements. Further, with the established trend of mobile wireless replacing landline services, the importance of accurate, timely and efficient location indoors will continue to rapidly grow."

"The advantage of the Polaris Wireless solution is that it works well in non line-of-sight, cluttered environments -- with indoors being a particularly challenging environment for cellular location systems," said Dr. Marty Feuerstein, CTO of Polaris Wireless. "WLS capitalizes on complex obstructions and shadowing to improve location performance. In addition, the Polaris Wireless Hybrid location solution for 4G LTE networks enables truly global and ubiquitous location-aware applications that offer consumers far more than today's turn-by-turn navigation."

Tyco Telecommunications Upgrades its Cable Landing Gear

Tyco Telecommunications has upgraded its undersea cable landing gear with the deployment of a new, top-of-the-line shore-end plow. The plow, which enables continuity of burial from beach to deep water, provides enhanced efficiency and shallow water burial capability without the need for manual diver jet burial.

The upgrade consists of:

  • Cable Burial Plows: Beyond the recently deployed shore-end plow, three additional top-of-the-line deep sea cable plows have been added to Tyco Telecommunications' existing inventory of cable installation and repair tools. Designed and proven for operation in a variety of seabed environments ranging from sand to firm clays, the new plows are capable under suitable conditions of trenching and burying submarine cable to a depth of 3.0 meters in down to 2,000 meters of water depth.

  • ROV Tracking Systems: The Tyco Telecommunications ROV fleet has been upgraded with the latest technology for tracking and locating subsea telecommunications cables. This new system, along with the recent addition of state-of-the-art profiling systems, provides unsurpassed survey and inspection capabilities.

  • Control Systems: Tyco Telecommunications now maintains the latest computer control and monitoring systems on its ships, which fully integrate engine room, bridge and cable laying operations, providing the highest degree of installation accuracy and reliability. Using multiple inputs, including motion-reference units, differential global positioning data, and underwater acoustic reference systems, these systems provide unparalleled maneuverability and increase operational efficiency.

  • Satellite Communications: Tyco Telecommunications has implemented a fleet-wide enhancement of its shipboard satellite communications systems and now has real time internet, high-speed data transmission and VoIP telephone communication for vessel, project and customer use. This significant upgrade benefits operational management and improves the quality of life at sea by providing a shipboard communications capability equal to an office environment.

"The new shore-end plow was an essential tool in our recent operation and resulted in a seamless and efficient cable landing, demonstrating its value to our installation team and customers," said James Herron, managing director at Tyco Telecommunications. "It is our top priority to provide our customers with not only the highest-quality products and services, but also the ability to customize solutions to meet their unique needs; our new shore-end plow undoubtedly provides our customers with the ultimate flexibility for varied cable landing environments."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Telstra Announces New Corporate Structure

Telstra announced a new corporate structure aimed at helping the company to grow in key markets, invest in innovation, and provide better customer service.

The key changes include:

  • The creation of two new product units, headed by Justin Milne and Philip Jones, to enable Telstra to compete effectively in fixed and mobile markets.

  • The creation of a new International unit, headed by Tarek Robbiati, that will take geographic and operational responsibility for CSL, Reach, Telstra's businesses in China, international sales and business development.

  • The consolidation of network, technology and IT functions and the appointment of Michael Rocca as acting Chief Operations Officer to further drive Telstra's network and technology excellence.

  • The appointment of Robert Nason to lead a new Customer Satisfaction, Simplification & Productivity unit responsible for improving customer service.

  • The creation of an Operating Committee, comprising the heads of customer-facing and product units, to meet weekly and focus on business performance.

The changes mean the company will have four main functional groups - customer-facing units, product-based business units, a newly consolidated operations unit, and corporate support units - as well as the new International division, Sensis, and Telstra Wholesale.

Dell'Oro: Edge Router Market Stable in Q3

The worldwide service provider edge router market grew 2 percent to $1.2 billion in the third quarter this year, according to the latest "Routers Quarterly Report" from the Dell'Oro Group . This marked the second consecutive quarter of growth for the worldwide market for edge routers, indicating that demand has stabilized following a strong contraction in the first quarter of the year. The leading edge router manufacturers Cisco Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, and Juniper Networks all recorded growth at or above the market average.

"Service providers are willing to invest in their edge networks because they can get a return on the investment over a relatively short time horizon," said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "The stability we saw during the third quarter gives us more confidence that the worst is behind us and that next quarter and 2010 will produce solid market growth," added Umeda.

AMCC Becomes AppliedMicro with Focus on Telco, Data Center and Enterprise

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) has changed its name to AppliedMicro to reflect the company's drive for breakthrough energy efficiency and cost optimized semiconductor devices that will propel the company into new growth markets.

In keeping with the 30-year AMCC heritage, the company said it will remain dedicated to its customers in the telco, datacenter and enterprise markets, while increasing market share by striving to reduce the power consumption of its products by as much as 50 percent.

AppliedMicro vowed to leverage its substantial intellectual property, patent portfolio and engineering resources to pursue aggressive migration to advanced manufacturing processes and design techniques for its semiconductor devices that lead the market in optical transport, network switches and, routers, data center and enterprise systems. The company plans to migrate to 40-nanometer and 28-nanometer manufacturing processes to help achieve the energy efficiency gains.
Applied Micro believes its will set new standards for low-power ultra-high performance processors, framers, mappers, physical layer and optical data center devices that will drive a new era of energy efficient infrastructure.

In addition, new design centers in India and Vietnam will assist the company in bringing advanced hardware and software solutions to market as most of the company's engineering resources remain at its Sunnyvale, California headquarters.

"While higher performance continues to be an industry driver, energy efficiency will play a more prominent role in the design considerations and purchasing decisions for our customers in the data center and telecommunications industries," said Dr. Paramesh Gopi, President and Chief Executive Officer of AppliedMicro. "We are driving fundamental technology innovation that will radically lower the energy consumption of enterprise, datacenter and small business systems while simultaneously providing significant cost savings. Our computing and communications silicon solutions will have pioneering performance and the lowest power footprint in their class."
  • In January 2009, Dr. Paramesh Gopi was named President and CEO of AppliedMicro in January. Previously, he served as VP and GM of Marvell's
    Embedded and Emerging Business Unit.

NSN Targets the Energy Sector

Nokia Siemens Networks will pursue a partnership strategy to address opportunities in the energy sector. Areas of interest include the transformation of power grids into intelligent smart grids, and managing user demand and consumption via smart metering.

Nokia Siemens Networks aims to apply its existing charging, mediation, service management and network management solutions, and to work with third parties, to exploit opportunities in the intelligent energy market. The company's business serving the energy sector will form part of its new Business Solutions organization from January 1, 2010.

The first announced partner is ServusNet, which is working with NSN to help wind power operators optimize power generation and delivery. ServusNet is using Nokia Siemens Networks Open Element Management System (EMS) Suite, a software platform for both utility and telecommunications network management across different technologies and vendors.

"When you look at what is required to manage power grids, or to make full use of unpredictable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, as well as bringing greater transparency and flexibility to billing, the synergies with the core of our existing telecoms business is obvious," said Juhani Hintikka, Head of Operations and Business Software, Nokia Siemens Networks. "While our research and development remains focused on communication service providers, we will look to exploit opportunities where we can create clear value for our customers by entering new growing markets with our current products and services."

Rogers Launches On Demand Online

Canada's Rogers Communications launched its On Demand Online, a web-based destination for aggregated primetime and specialty TV programming, movies, sports and web-only extras. The service is available online exclusively to Rogers customers from any Internet connection within Canada.

The initial BETA roll out will feature more than 1,000 hours of aggregated content from 17 broadcast and production partners and 30 channels. Those Rogers Cable customers with matching cable TV subscriptions will be able to access online a selection of their own specialty TV programming they subscribe to at home.

"Rogers On Demand Online is an extension of the existing cable television model which customers have come to enjoy and rely on at home that truly
revolutionizes the world of entertainment and provides the most convenient TV content access ever made available," said David Purdy, Vice President of
Video Product Management. "By expanding the TV experience to the Internet, Rogers customers can now take TV beyond the box with their favorite shows,
movies, TV classics and exclusive content - all in one place from virtually any place - wherever they have an Internet connection in Canada. And this is
just the beginning."

Charter Emerges from Chapter, Cutting $8 Billion in Debt

Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company said its financial restructuring significantly improves its capital structure by reducing debt by approximately 40 percent, or approximately $8 billion.

Charter said it is positioned to generate positive free cash flow through the reduction of more than $830 million in annual interest expense.

"This successful financial restructuring is a significant accomplishment and makes Charter a stronger company for the benefit of our customers, vendors, employees and the communities we serve," said Neil Smit, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have restructured our balance sheet without losing sight of serving our customers and maintaining our business relationships. Charter will remain focused on further enhancing the customer experience and is positioned to generate free cash flow. On behalf of the management team, I would like to thank the more than 16,000 Charter employees across the country for their hard work and dedication throughout this process."

BT Openreach Deploys ADVA's FSP 2000 for Optical Services

Openreach, BT's UK-based access network arm, is deploying the ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 2000 to support its nationwide Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) services, which provide very high-bandwidth connectivity between two end-user sites. Launched earlier this year, OSA services are particularly well-suited for WAN and Storage Area Network (SAN) applications where multiple client interfaces are involved. The services offer a range of client protocols and interfaces over 2.5- and 10 Gbps DWDM wavelengths.

ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 2000 is a WDM system that multiplexes, transports and protects high-speed data, storage, voice and video applications.

"Our customers have exacting demands, which means their service selection must be versatile and reliable enough to meet these demands at a competitive price and on a timescale that is realistic for the end customer," said Richard Thorpe, connectivity services general manager at Openreach. "We chose the ADVA FSP 2000 to support our OSA services because customers demand lower lead times and the flexibility to offer multi-speed, multi-protocol services that are supported by the latest DWDM technology. "

Intelsat 15 Successfully Launched

The Intelsat 15 satellite was successfully launched by a Zenit-3SLB rocket from the Land Launch facilities at the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. The satellite, built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, will provide video and data services through its high power Ku-band payload. Once IS-15 is operational, it will replace Intelsat's 709 satellite at 85º E, and is expected to have a useful life of at least 17 years.

Of the IS-15's 22 Ku-band transponders, five are owned by SKY Perfect JSAT Corp.

Milestone for Hughes: 2 Million Satellite Terminals Shipped

Hughes Network Systems announced a milestone for satellite networks and services -- the company has shipped an aggregate of over 2.1 million satellite terminals as of Q3 2009. The achievement continues the company's leadership of the global very small aperture terminal (VSAT) market which began in the mid-80s when Hughes shipped the first VSAT network to Wal-Mart.

Broadcom to Acquire Dune Networks for $187 Million

Broadcom agreed to acquire Dune Networks, a privately-held developer of switch fabric solutions for data center networking equipment, for approximately $178 million in cash.

Dune Networks, which is based in Yakum, Israel, offers a scalable chipset that supports bandwidth speeds of up to 100Gbps per port and can connect more than ten thousand servers (ports) in a single deployment. Its SAND chip-set includes a family of Fabric Element (FE) devices and a family of line-card devices named Fabric Access Processor (FAP) devices. Target applications include Carrier Core and Edge Router Platforms, Carrier Ethernet Switching Platforms, Carrier next generation Packet Transport Platforms, Enterprise Ethernet Switches and Routers and data center switching platforms.

"Dune's massively scalable interconnect fabric, combined with our Ethernet products, augments our portfolio of solutions for data center networking equipment," said Martin Lund, Vice President and General Manager, Broadcom's Network Switching line of business. "This technology is particularly well suited to meet the emerging requirements for cloud computing networks at a large scale, and will enable us to address new market applications for Ethernet in the data center."

Dune Networks is a semiconductor supplier of networking devices, facilitating the build of Data Center, Enterprise and Carrier Ethernet Solutions. Dune Networks provides a switching solution that truly scales in capacity, port rate and service scheme. This extends the life cycle of packet platforms from the legacy 3 years up to 10 years and more, significantly improving the economics of packet networks. Founded in the year 2000, Dune Networks' offices are located in Sunnyvale, California and Yakum, Israel.
  • In April 2009, Dune Networks announced an $8.3 million in series B funding led by Evergreen Venture Partners. Evergreen joined existing series B investors USVP, Pitango, Aurum, JVP and Alta Berkeley. This additional funding brought the total amount of funding raised to date to $53 million.

  • Dune Networks is headed by Eyal Dagan (DEO), who previously was a co-founder and CEO of Charlotte's Web Networks, which developed high-end core equipment for next generation optical networks.

EXFO Raises Financial Guidance

Citing a stronger-than-anticipated US dollar versus Canadian dollar and higher sales volume, EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering now expects GAAP net earnings to finish between US$0.00 and US$0.01 per diluted share for the first quarter of fiscal 2010. The company had previously forecasted a GAAP net loss between US$0.06 and US$0.02 per share, partially based on an anticipated pre-tax, foreign exchange loss of US$0.03 per share to account for the significant weakness of the US dollar in days preceding the issuing of company guidance on October 13, 2009.

EXFO also anticipates that revenues will fall between US$45 and US$46 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, slightly above the US$40 to US$45 million guidance range, due to stronger bookings than expected. The company's book-to-bill ratio is expected to be above 1 for the quarter.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

ZTE Partners with China Mobile on IMS-Based HD Video Conference System

ZTE has completed a commercial IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based high definition (HD) video conference system for China Mobile. The system has been integrated in China Mobile's IMS office network, enabling China Mobile to enjoy converged multimedia conference functions via various terminals, including fixed line telephones, TD-SCDMA handsets, and desktop soft-clients. ZTE's HD video conference system covers hundreds of nodes including China Mobile's headquarters, domestic and overseas offices. It employs 1080P resolution and advanced codec technology to provide China Mobile high-quality and reliable conference services.

"To provide China Mobile with the industry's first commercial IMS HD video conference system is a great technological breakthrough for ZTE, and the industry as a whole," said Mr. Wang Xiaoqiang, President of ZTE IMS Products. "Video services possess huge market potential but demand high-bandwidth support. Constructing video conference systems with easy-to-operate, multi-service integration has been a challenge to operators. Today, with our partner China Mobile, we have overcome this obstacle and have paved the way for the advancement of network communications. ZTE will continue to invest in sophisticated communications solutions that fulfill market needs."

European Commission Appoints Neelie KROES for Digital Agenda

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, has selected Neelie KROES to replace Viviane REDING as the head of the Digital Agenda, which includes oversight of the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) and the Information Society Directorate General. Kroes previously was competition commissioner, where she handled numerous anti-trust investigations in the IT sector.

Viviane Reding is moving on to head the Commission for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, where she is expected to play a key role in rewriting EU Data Protection and Privacy laws.

Vodafone and Huawei Open Core Network Innovation Centre in Milan

Vodafone and Huawei have opened a laboratory in Milan, Italy to drive core network innovation. The CIC represents Huawei' s primary investment in core network technologies in Europe, with the project underscoring the company' s close collaboration with the operator community.

The Core Network Innovation Centre (CIC) in Milan is equipped with the latest Huawei mobile and core network equipment and technologies to boost innovation in core network solutions.

The companies said their collaborative research will provide a competitive edge in core network areas, such as mobile broadband, IMS (IP Multimedia Sub-system) and FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence), eventually bringing new ideas to fruition, enabling timely market launches.

Huawei and Telecom Italia Conduct LTE Test in Turin

Huawei and Telecom Italia have completed an LTE trial. Using 14 LTE cells on the existing mobile broadband infrastructure in Turin, the test successfully showcased a downlink speed of over 140 Mbps per cell, demonstrated by three simultaneous connections.

Mr. Sandro Dionisi, Head of TILab said, "This first technological trial with Huawei represents a very important goal in the development of the network technology LTE/SAE towards the expectations of Telecom Italia. The results reached so far reinforce our partnership with Huawei and the joint commitment in deploying the LTE technology that will continue also next year. "

Alcatel-Lucent Forms JV in Russia

Alcatel-Lucent and Russian State Corporation Rostechnologii plan to form a joint venture (JV) -- called Alcatel-Lucent RT -- to design, produce and promote IP-based telecommunications equipment in Russia and in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The joint venture, led by Ivan Makharine as General Director, will be incorporated between subsidiaries of the two groups, operate from Moscow, and begin operations in the first quarter of 2010. The company will develop, produce and deliver solutions that address the high reliability and security requirements defined by Russian and other regional governmental bodies.

The planned product portfolio includes Alcatel-Lucent IP LAN switches and routers, Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS-based Service Routers and Service Switches, IT security hardware and software solutions, as well as Alcatel-Lucent IP PBXs. The level of localization will depend on administrative requirements and economic feasibility.

Production is planned to be centered in existing manufacturing facilities of SC Rostechnologii.

"Setting up the joint venture focused on manufacturing and promotion of advanced telecommunications products reflects the policies of our corporation supported by the Russian government and aimed at developing high-tech production and science-intensive industries," said S.V. Chemezov, General Director, SC Rostechnologii.

"This partnership is a further step in our transformation strategy and strengthens our ability to promote Alcatel-Lucent's solutions in Russian and CIS region. It also leverages the considerable knowledge and experience of our partner, SC Rostechnologii, in pursuit of our joint interests," said Luis Martinez-Amago, Head of Alcatel-Lucent business in CIS, Central and Southern Europe.
  • SCRostechnologii was set up on November 23, 2007 by Federal Law of the Russian Federation. Its objective is to facilitate development, manufacturing and export of high-tech products by supporting - in the local and international markets - Russian organizations, developers and manufacturers of high-tech products, as well as by attracting foreign investments to various local industries.

Malaysia's Greenpacket Wins 3 WiMAX Deals in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia

Kuala Lumpur-based Green Packet Berhad, a supplier of mobile broadband and networking solutions, announced three separate WiMAX supply deals: Maximali of Georgia, Intellecom of Ukraine and iCON Communications of Armenia. Maximali and Intellecom acquired the Outdoor Modems (OS230) and Indoor Modems (DV230) respectively. Whilst, iCON Communications purchased both Indoor Modems (DV350) and USB Modems (UM350).

"According to the Broadband Forum Q2 report, broadband growth of Eastern Europe was reported at 6% quarterly and 29% yearly, representing a two-fold growth compared to the world and Greenpacket foresees tremendous opportunity for the growth of WiMAX networks in the region," said Kelvin Lee, Senior General Manager of Green Packet Berhad.

Greenpacket offers a full range of WiMAX CPE which includes indoor, outdoor and USB modems and supports the 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz frequencies.

Starent Settles Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

Starent Networks and the other named defendants reached a settlement in a shareholder class lawsuit n connection with the proposed acquisition of Starent Networks by Cisco Systems.

If the court approves the settlement contemplated in the memorandum, the lawsuit will be dismissed with prejudice. Starent Networks and the other defendants deny all of the allegations in the lawsuit and believe the disclosures are appropriate under the law. Nevertheless, Starent Networks and the other defendants have agreed to settle the putative class action lawsuit in order to avoid costly litigation and reduce the risk of any delay to the closing of the merger.

Pursuant to the terms of the memorandum, Starent Networks has agreed to provide additional information to stockholders through publicly available filings in order to supplement the proxy statement that has been provided to Starent Networks' stockholders in connection with the special meeting of stockholders concerning the proposed merger.

Zain Outsource Mobile Operations in East Africa to NSN

Zain has agreed to outsource its mobile network operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to Nokia Siemens Networks. The operator currently serves over 9 million customers across these three countries. As part of the contract Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide optimization services and deploy its latest mobile softswitching and subscriber data management solutions. Its prepaid and top-up solution based on charge@once select will ensure a faster introduction of new services and pricing bundles. Nokia Siemens Networks will also deploy 2G and 3G radio networks with the Flexi Multiradio Base Station, opening a smooth evolution path from 2G and 3G to LTE with just a software upgrade needed.

This contract marks Nokia Siemens Networks' biggest multi-vendor outsourcing case in the region and it's one of the first supplier swap Managed Services deals of its kind in Africa. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telenor Sweden Picks NSN for 3G Upgrade

Telenor Sweden will upgrade its 3G network using Nokia Siemens Networks' energy efficient Flexi Multi Radio Base Stations. It will also use NSN's solution to upgrade the core network to increase both capacity and functionality allowing Telenor to deliver 21 Mbps HSPA+ services across Sweden. This upgrade includes a common register for GSM, 3G and LTE access.
Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide network management systems along with project management, planning, implementation, and optimization services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

NTT DOCOMO to Launch Environmental Sensor Service

NTT DOCOMO is preparing to launch a trial service that will gather data using environmental sensors deployed across its network to measure pollen, carbon dioxide (CO2), ultraviolet (UV) sunlight and other atmospheric conditions that can affect human health and daily life. DOCOMO will provide the data to companies for use in various commercial applications, such as weather forecasting and other information services, as well as to pharmaceutical companies, healthcare institutions and municipal governments for a variety of other purposes.

DOCOMO said its network of sensors, which is the largest and densest of its kind in Japan, reflects its ongoing efforts to leverage its mobile network and facilities to create new value in sectors including environmental protection, safety, security and healthcare. The network will take advantage of DOCOMO's existing mobile network covering virtually the entire nation, including both urban and rural areas.

By the start of the trial, DOCOMO will have installed sets of environmental sensors in 300 locations within the Kanto region surrounding Tokyo and bordering Shizuoka Prefecture. The network is expected to be expanded to 2,500 locations nationwide within fiscal 2010 (ends March 2011) and then eventually to 9,000 locations.

Initially the network will offer data on pollen, followed later by data on CO2, UV and other atmospheric conditions that will be offered in cooperation with companies specialized in such fields.

Monday, November 23, 2009

European Parliament Approves New Telecom Rules

The European Parliament approved a major overhaul of EU telecoms rules by 510 votes to 40, with 24 abstentions. The new rules, which are expected to be implemented over the next 18 months, are aimed at strengthening the rights of phone users and Internet surfers and boosting competition among telecoms firms.

"This legislative package is a prime example of how the work we are doing as European legislators has an impact on the daily life of citizens. I am delighted that we have contributed to strengthening the rights of users of electronic communications and the internet." said EP President Jerzy Buzek.

The telecoms directive includes rules to:

  • harmonise radio spectrum management across the EU, especially with a view to the switchover from analogue to digital TV by 2012,

  • improve co-operation among Member States' telecoms regulators, and

  • allow "functional separation", i.e. rules requiring dominant operators to separate their network infrastructure from business units offering services that use this infrastructure.

  • improve consumer rights, e.g. by allowing customers to have their mobile telephone number transferred within one working day when changing operators,

  • strengthen personal data and privacy protection, e.g. by requiring the user's consent to the use of cookies.

MEPs also agreed with the EU's telecommunications ministers to set up a European body bringing together all 27 national regulators - the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).

NSN and LG Undertake LTE Testing in 2100 MHz for Japan

Nokia Siemens Networks and LG recently completed end-to-end LTE interoperability tests in the 2100 MHz frequency band, which is the spectrum where first commercial deployments are expected in Japan.

The tests demonstrated the interoperability of Nokia Siemens Networks LTE radio equipment and Evolved Packet Core network elements with an LTE USB Datacard from LG Electronics. They were conducted at the Nokia Siemens Networks LTE center of competence in Oulu, Finland, with support from the R&D team in Ulm, Germany.

As a next step, field trials with LG's LTE terminal will begin in Nokia Siemens Networks' test network in Espoo and Ulm, followed by tests in operator networks. The trials will also be extended to cover other frequency bands such as 2600 MHz and AWS/700 in the next few months.

"The availability of commercial LTE terminals and their proven interoperability with network infrastructure are prerequisites for any operator launching commercial LTE services," said Go-hee Choi, Vice President of LG Electronics Mobile Communication Technology Research Lab. "LG is taking the next giant step towards technology leadership in LTE technology through the partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks, and will continue to collaborate to drive early LTE deployments worldwide."

Clearwire Secures Additional $2.8 Billion through Bond Offerings

Clearwire secured additional $2.8 billion in new capital through the issuance of senior secured notes due 2015.

"Today, we are proud to have secured an additional $920 million in debt financing, which, when coupled with the $1.56 billion of recently announced equity financing and the $1.85 billion of debt financing that we closed on today, demonstrates our ability to access the capital markets on attractive terms and in sufficient size to meet our needs, while at the same time prudently balancing equity dilution with the cost of capital," said Bill Morrow, CEO of Clearwire. "With this latest tranche of additional funding, we have not only exceeded the amount of capital that we have previously stated we needed to fully fund our business plan, but we have also secured additional capital that will allow us to expand more aggressively by covering more people, and with more capacity than we had previously planned."

The gross proceeds of this new debt offering will be placed in an escrow account until the consummation of the closing of the second phase of the $1.564 billion in new investment capital from Sprint Nextel, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Intel, Eagle River Holdings, and Bright House Networks. As previously announced, Clearwire received approximately $1.057 billion in cash from the equity financing on November 13, 2009 and expects to receive an additional $440 million in cash at a second closing, which is targeted to be completed by year end 2009, and the remaining $66 million will be funded at a closing, which is targeted to be completed during first quarter 2010.

Windstream to Acquire Iowa Telecom for $1.1 Billion

Windstream agree to acquire Iowa Telecom for approximately $1.1 billion.

Iowa Telecom serves about 256,000 access lines, about 95,000 high-speed Internet customers and about 26,000 digital TV customers.

Windstream serves approximately 3 million access lines.

Iowa Telecom shareholders will receive 0.804 shares of Windstream stock and $7.90 in cash per each Iowa Telecom share under terms of the agreement approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Windstream expects to issue approximately 26.5 million shares of stock valued at approximately $269 million, based on the company's closing stock price on Nov. 23, 2009, and pay approximately $261 million in cash as part of the transaction.
  • The Iowa Telecom deal represents Windstream's fourth acquisition in 2009. Other transactions include:

    NuVox -- adding approximately 90,000 business customers in 16 states across the Southeast and Midwest.

    Lexcom -- expanding operations in North Carolina.

    D&E Communications -- adding approximately 160,000 access lines and about 46,000 high-speed Internet customers in Pennsylvania.

  • Windstream was formed in 2006 through the spinoff of Alltel's landline business and merger with VALOR Communications Group.

IEEE Sends 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet Standards to Ballot

The IEEE 802 Executive Committee has forwarded the draft 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps standard for sponsor balloting Once the Sponsor ballot has been completed, the draft standards will be submitted for approval by the IEEE-SA Standards Board as an IEEE standard.

IEEE P802.3ba will be known by its full name of "IEEE Standard for Information Technology - Telecommunications and Information Exchange Between Systems - Local and Metropolitan Area Networks - Specific Requirements Part 3: Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection (CSMA/CD) Access Method and Physical Layer Specifications - Amendment: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Operation."

In addition, the IEEE noted that a related standard, the International Telecommunication Union's Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Recommendation G.709, "Interfaces for the optical transport network (OTN)," is being revised to support transport of 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet over the OTN and is on track for approval by the end of 2009.

"IEEE and ITU-T have formed a liaison relationship in the development of these standards, which is helping to speed the development of both standards," says David Law, Chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group.

Sprint Closes Acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA

Sprint Nextel completed its previously announced acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA, strengthening its position in the growing prepaid segment by bringing together the iconic Virgin Mobile brand with Sprint's Boost Mobile business.

EXFO Expands 40 Gbps OTN Test Capabilities

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering (EXFO) has enhanced its FTB-8140 Transport Blazer 40/43 Gigabit SONET/SDH/OTN Test Module with full ODU multiplexing capability as well as independent transmission/reception settings. With the ODU multiplexing functionality on the FTB-8140 Transport Blazer, service providers can now test ODU1 and ODU2 containers within the OTU3 signal.

EXFO said its FTB-8140 Transport Blazer now offers flexibility so that SONET/SDH payloads as well as 10 Gigabit Ethernet can be mapped into the ODU1 or ODU2 containers, ensuring that tests reflect more real-life testing parameters. In addition to the ODU multiplexing functionality, the FTB-8140 Transport Blazer now also supports independent transmission/reception settings, enabling service providers to properly qualify and validate network elements at installation.

Additional features also available with this latest software release include SONET/SDH payload block and replace capability for easier troubleshooting and maintenance.

Tata and Middle East Operators Plan New Undersea Cable

Tata Communications announced a strategic partnership with several of the major telecom operators in the Middle East to construct a new cable system into the Gulf. The new cable will link the region's major business hubs and city centres via Tata's Global Network (the TGN).

Tata's partners for the new TGN Gulf Cable System include Bahrain Internet Exchange, Nawras of Oman, Qatar Telecom, Mobily of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates. Using their own cable station, each party will have access to a new high-speed route to the globe and bring in much needed resilience and diversity to the infrastructure in each country.

Virgin Media Selects TiVo For Next Gen TV Platform

TiVo will become the exclusive provider of middleware and user interface software for Virgin Media's next generation set top boxes. Virgin Media will become the exclusive distributor of TiVo services and technology in the United Kingdom. Under the mutually exclusive agreement, TiVo will develop a converged television and broadband interactive interface to power Virgin Media's next generation, high definition set top boxes. Virgin Media said it anticipates launching its first TiVo co-branded product in 2010. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

IBM Opens Telecom Development Centers in China, South Africa, Malaysia and France

IBM officially opened new telecommunications development centers in China, South Africa and Malaysia to help Communication Service Providers (CSPs) create new business models while improving the customer experience and operational efficiencies. IBM also announced a dedicated center in France for solutions based on products and services from Comverse, a supplier of software and systems for the telecom industry.

The new telecom development centers offer a range of new telecommunications software solutions based on IBM's Service Provider Delivery Environment (SPDE) 3.0 framework, as well as hardware, services and business partner applications. Clients will include telecommunication operators, network equipment suppliers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and extended service providers.

"To sustain growth in today's economy, service providers are seeking ways to offer subscribers a more positive and differentiated user experience while reducing complexity and cost," said Scott Stainken, general manager for IBM's telecommunications industry. "IBM's specialized global centers and labs offer the telco industry an unparalleled level of expertise and support to speed implementation and facilitate more effective use of applications and technologies."

Some more detail on the facilities:

Comverse Center of Excellence -- located within the IBM Telecom Solutions Lab in France, this facility offers a BSS/OSS (Business Support System/Operational Support System) and Service-Delivery environment using software components from IBM and Comverse that allow clients to test proofs of concept. IBM server and storage hardware, including Power Systems and BladeCenter, provide the dynamic infrastructure foundation for the CoE.

China Telecommunications Solutions Center -- located in IBM's China Development Labs, the IBM Telecommunication Solutions Center (TSC) has been established to accelerate solution development and streamline product delivery. Recently, China Mobile Communications Corporation has been working closely with experts at the China TSC to deploy a platform -- based on IBM Service Delivery Platform, Data Warehouse and Cognos Business Intelligence -- that supports service creation, deployment, execution, integration and management. As a result, China Mobile is able to reduce time-to-market for new products, increase revenue and improve customer service with end-to-end monitoring and analysis.

South Africa Telecom Solutions Lab -- IBM's main Telecom Solutions Lab (TSL) in Sub-Sahara Africa is located in Johannesburg, but clients will also be able to access IBM solution demonstrations from three additional satellite locations in Africa: (Nairobi, Lagos and Cape Town). The facility features a "proof of concept" solution called "The Enterprise Applications for IMS + SDP for Mobile Healthcare" which is aimed at improving doctor's productivity and delivery of healthcare services using a wireless infrastructure.

ASEAN Telecom Center of Excellence -- the new Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Telecom Center of Excellence (CoE) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will support CSPs from across the region.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

China Mobile Tops 513 Million -- 5 Million New Subs in October

China Mobile, already the world's largest mobile operator, added 5 million new subscribers in October, giving it a total of 513,466,000. The number of G3 subscribers who used 3G network services in this month is 2,309,000.

However, in its previous financial statement, China Mobile noted that new customers added this year are mainly low-usage customers and ARPU as well as average revenue per minute of usage have declined this year while the voice usage volume has increased. Total voice usage volume for the first three quarters of 2009 increased by 19.5% compared to the same period of last year. Value-added business also continued its favorable growth and mature businesses sustained growth despite already having reached a sizeable scale. SMS usage volume in the first nine months of the year increased by 12.9% compared to the same period of last year.

Video Interview: Narus on Cyber Security

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NSN Introduces Compact IP Optimized Transport Solution

Nokia Siemens Networks introduced its new hiT 7065 IP Optimized Transport Solution (IP-OTS) aimed at metro and core aggregation deployments.

The compact hiT 7065 supports various interface types, including OTU interfaces to increase link length towards DWDM core, FC/1GbE/10GbE/ interfaces for Packet aggregation and Storage Area Networks (SAN), to support a operators existing services over a single network. While SDH interfaces provide the connection to a huge installed base of networks around the world, hiT 7065 also comes with Carrier-grade, redundant Ethernet features to ensure resilience. G.709 compliance allows agnostic packet-oriented transport being open to all services such as Gigabit-Ethernet, IP-based applications, Fiber Channel and SDH/SONET.

NSN said its hiT 7065 also sets a new benchmark for energy efficiency, consuming 30 percent less power than comparable solutions on the market.

Verizon Builds Telehealth Collaboration Portfolio

Verizon is launching a portfolio of Telehealth Collaboration Services to help health care providers consult remotely with patients and other providers, offer continuing medical education and training to medical professionals, as well as help health care administrators avoid costly and time-consuming travel through the use of collaborative technology.

As part of its consultancy, Verizon Business IT professionals work with health care organizations to assess their collaboration readiness, as well as design, implement and provide ongoing support for a broad range of Web and audio conferencing services, and video capabilities from desktop Web cams to high-definition and immersive video. Verizon's telehealth solutions are tailored to each health care setting to deliver security, performance and reliability.

Verizon noted htat it already provides services to more than 17,000 enterprise customers in the health care ecosystem

Motorola Offers Take-Back of its Branded Enterprise Mobility Equipment in U.S.

Motorola has established a take-back recycling program for its U.S. Enterprise Mobility Solutions (EMS) customers to help them responsibly dispose of used equipment. This includes all Motorola-branded enterprise mobility equipment, such as mobile and portable two-way radios; handheld mobile computers; barcode scanners; imagers; in-vehicle mobile workstations; accessories; network infrastructure equipment; and computers, laptops and monitors. Batteries are also included but must be removed from the equipment before they are shipped for recycling. There is generally no cost incurred by the customer; however, freight charges may be applied in some cases.

Motorola also participates in electronics equipment take-back programs in countries covered by the European Union's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive.
  • In 2008, Motorola collected more than 2,560 tonnes of electronic and electrical equipment waste for recycling. This includes take-back programs, internal electronics recycling efforts and community electronics recycling events sponsored by Motorola.

ARRIS Supplies DOCSIS 3.0 in Czech Republic

ARRIS has shipped its DOCSIS 3.0 C4 CMTS to four cable operators across the Czech Republic. The companies now deploying service are: Elsat s.r.o., BKS Capital Partners, Self Servis, and Kabelova Televize Koprivnice. Approximately 93% of the Czech Republic's 1.2 million homes passed by cable are served by Elsat, BKS, Self Servis and UPC Czech Republic.

AT&T Launches Pay-as-you-Need it 3G Mobile Data Service

AT&T launched "DataConnect Pass" -- a pay-as-you-need it data service delivered over its 3G network. Self-provisioned and accessible from any Internet connection, DataConnect Pass(SM) offers multiple packages of mobile data perfect for travelers, vacationers or others on-the-go and in need of customized data access. Packages include:

  • DataConnect Day Pass (75 MB) - $15

  • DataConnect Week Pass (250 MB) - $30

  • DataConnect Month Pass (500 MB) - $50

The DataConnect Pass is established using a previously un-activated SIM card, available at any AT&T retail location, credit or debit card and completed customer profile.

Telegent Systems Files for IPO

Telegent Systems, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, filed SEC papers for a proposed initial public offering of its common shares. The number of common shares to be sold in the offering and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. are acting as joint book-runners, and Jefferies & Company, Inc., Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. and Piper Jaffray & Co. are acting as co-managers for the proposed offering.

Telegent Systems specializes in highly-integrated, high-performance, CMOS RF and mixed-signal chips for the reception of live, free-to-air analog and DVB-T digital broadcast television in mobile handsets and other portable consumer devices.
  • In October, Telegent 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, took up Sheng's prior post of executive Chairman of the Board and carry operational responsibility for key strategic initiatives.

    Sheng's appointment coincided 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.

Dell'Oro: Optical Market Declines 4% Sequentially in Q3

Worldwide optical market revenues were just under $3 billion in the third quarter of this year, a 4 percent decline over the second quarter of this year, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group. The demand for optical transport equipment stabilized in North America where revenues have increased in the two most recent quarters. Asia Pacific continues to be the largest region for optical transport equipment with nearly 40 percent of worldwide market revenues. The report indicates that DWDM Long Haul 40 Gbps wavelength shipments during the third quarter of this year increased more than 10 percent sequentially and 130 percent year-over-year.

"We believe that the optical market is recovering, and forecast steady improvements in year-over-year growth rates as well as a return to positive year-over-year growth by the first quarter of 2010," said Jimmy Yu, Director of Optical Transport research at Dell'Oro Group. "We expect the 2010 optical sales recovery to be primarily led by increased demand for metro equipment, such as WDM Metro systems and Multiservice SONET/SDH systems, and 40 Gbps wavelengths. The DWDM Long Haul market may continue to be weak through 2010, but with continued strength in 40 Gbps wavelengths," Yu added.

Brocade Posts Quarterly Revenue of $521.8 Million, up 6% Sequentially

Brocade reported quarterly revenue of $521.8 million, increasing 31% year-over-year and 6% sequentially. For its full fiscal year ended October 31, 2009. Brocade's annual revenues increased 33 percent year-over-year to over $1.95 billion.

"In addition, Q4 saw tremendous momentum as we exceeded the Street's consensus non-GAAP EPS estimates for the seventeenth consecutive quarter, delivered the fastest sequential revenue growth of any large networking vendor, and generated strong cash flows. Looking at 2010, we expect to continue our momentum as we execute our strategy of delivering the highest levels of performance, quality, innovation and choice to the IT market," stated Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade.

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • Q4 total Storage Area Networking (SAN) port shipments were approximately 1.0 million.

  • Q4 SAN Average Selling Price (ASP) declines were in the low single digits.

  • OEM now represents 65% of revenues compared to 88% a year ago

  • Data storage represents 58% of revenue compared to 84% a year ago

  • Ethernet Products represents 25% of revenues compared to 0% a year ago.

Hurricane Electric Now Connect to over 600 IPv6 networks

Hurricane Electric, an IPv6-native Internet backbone and colocation provider, has doubled the size of its IPv6 network over the past year and now connects to over 600 IPv6 networks -- - approximately twice as many as its nearest rivals, according to the company.

In addition to expanding its own network, Hurricane Electric has expanded its free IPv6 Certification and Training program which allows network engineers, system administrators, and software developers to gain expertise in IPv6.

Hurricane Electric has also released an IPv4 depletion App for the iPhone along with additional tools to educate CIOs and other stakeholders about the urgency of this transition.

Klausner Files Visual Voicemail Patent Suit Against Motorola

Klausner Technologies filed suit a patent infringement lawsuit against Motorola for its new "CLIQ" mobile phone. Klausner Technologies claims Motorola's new device infringes its Visual Voicemail patented technology. Various other Motorola models with the Visual Voicemail feature are already covered under Klausner Technologies Visual Voicemail patent licenses granted to mobile operators.

Klausner Technologies currently has 24 Visual Voicemail patent licensees, including major U.S. and European wireless service providers, cell phone manufacturers, cable/VOIP providers as well as other providers of Visual Voicemail services.

Klausner Files Visual Voicemail Patent Suit Against RIM/BlackBerry

Klausner Technologies filed suit a patent infringement lawsuit against Research in Motion for its recently unveiled 3G "BlackBerry Bold 9700" mobile phones. Klausner Technologies claims the phones infringe its Visual Voicemail patented technology. Various Blackberry models with the Visual Voicemail feature are already covered under Klausner Technologies Visual Voicemail patent licenses granted to mobile operators.

Klausner Technologies currently has 24 Visual Voicemail patent licensees, including major U.S. and European wireless service providers, cell phone manufacturers, cable/VOIP providers as well as other providers of Visual Voicemail services.

Ciena Wins Nortel Optical Auction with $769 Million Bid

Ciena was the successful bidder in the auction of substantially all of the optical networking and carrier Ethernet assets of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) business. Ciena has agreed to pay US $530 million in cash and issue US $239 million in aggregate principal amount of 6% Senior Convertible notes due 2017 for a total consideration of US $769 million for the assets.

The assets to be acquired generated approximately $1.36 billion in revenue for Nortel in 2008 and $556 million (unaudited) in the first six months of 2009. Ciena expects the transaction to be significantly accretive to Ciena's results of operations in fiscal 2011. Ciena is also expected to make employment offers to at least 2,000 Nortel employees to become part of Ciena's global team of network specialists.

The transaction is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2010.

"These optical and carrier Ethernet assets bring exceptional technologies, talent and scale that will accelerate Ciena's current strategy to deliver innovative network solutions to customers worldwide," said Gary Smith, Ciena's CEO and president. "With this combination, we are bringing together complementary technologies in switching and transport to create an innovative powerhouse with the scale to challenge the industry status quo and offer customers a practical path for transitioning to automated, optical Ethernet-based networking. We will be intently focused on integration as we work together to deliver the benefits of this transaction to customers, employees and shareholders."
  • For Q3 2009, Nortel reported sales of $295 million for its Metro Ethernet business, down 26% compared to a year earlier.

  • In October, Ciena agreed to acquire all of the optical networking and carrier Ethernet assets of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) business for $390 million in cash and 10 million shares of Ciena common stock. Based on the closing price of Ciena's stock on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, the initial deal was valued at $521 million but was subject to the competitive bidding process that drew in an offer from Nokia Siemens Networks.

  • The deal includes Nortel's long-haul optical transport portfolio; metro optical Ethernet switching and transport solutions; Ethernet transport, aggregation and switching technology; multiservice SONET/SDH product families; and network management software products.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Motorola Acquires RadioFrame Networks' iDEN Business

Motorola has acquired RadioFrame Networks' iDEN business for an undisclosed sum. RadioFrame is a provider of lower cost, power efficient iDEN technology.

Motorola said its proprietary iDEN solution has proven to be an enduring cellular technology due to its innovative and differentiated end-user fast dispatch service and enterprise optimized talk-groups. Radio Frame's iDEN products will further enhance Motorola's portfolio for multi-channel base stations optimized to support non-contiguous spectrum allocations in the special mobile radio (SMR) business that are especially common outside North America.

For Motorola's iDEN customers, Radio Frame's base stations can flexibly manage non-contiguous spectrum channels, and its technology offers a lower cost architecture with a highly efficient use of power amplifiers, a smaller physical footprint and more flexibility in site management. Radio Frame's iDEN technology also offers lower power consumption, lowering operating expenses.

Calix Networks Files for IPO

Calix Networks filed SEC papers for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CALX." The company, which is based in Petaluma, California, began shipping its first multiservice access products in December 2001. A company prospectus is posted online

NSN Confirms That it Did Not Win Nortel Auction

Nokia Siemens Networks confirmed that it did not submit the highest bid in the auction for Nortel's optical networking and carrier Ethernet assets. NSN said that it believes that its final offer represented fair value for the assets, and further bidding could not be financially justified. Financial terms of its bid were not stated.

Ciena, which in October had submitted at a bid of $521 million for the Nortel assets, is believed to have raised its offer on Friday in response to the NSN bid.

Cisco Offers iPhone App for Security Intelligence

Cisco released an iPhone application providing access to Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO), providing administrators with data on threats that could impact their network. Powered by the Cisco Security IntelliShield Alert Manager Service, the new Cisco SIO To Go iPhone application informs, protects and enables users to respond in real time to alerts and threats to the network. The application delivers early warning intelligence, threat vulnerability and proven Cisco mitigation solutions to users' iPhones as they occur. It also provides unique IP and URL address e-mail and Web reputation look-up powered by the Cisco IronPor® SenderBase Security Network and the Cisco SIO. Alerts delivered include:

  • Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) Alerts

  • Cisco Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) Signatures

  • Cisco Applied Mitigation Bulletins

  • Cisco Threat Outbreak Alerts.

eBay Completes Sale of Skype to Private Investors

eBay completed the previously announced sale of Skype to a private investment group led by Silverlake partners and which included Joltid Limited, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Andreessen Horowitz. The deal valued Skype at $2.75 billion. eBay retains a 30% stake in Skype.

eBay received approximately $1.9 billion in cash and a note from the buyer in the principal amount of $125 million.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Telstra Completes DOCSIS 3 Upgrade in Melbourne

Telstra has completed the upgrade of its hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) network in Melbourne. From 1 December nearly one million Melbourne homes will benefit from the upgrade to the cable network. The network download capacity increases to up to 100Mbps and the upload capacity to up to 2Mbps.

Telstra also revealed a new television set top box incorporating two digital television tuners. This provides the ability to view and record free to air television programs up to seven days in advance, the ability to pause and rewind live television and seamlessly integrates access to BigPond internet content such as BigPond TV channels and the BigPond Movies download rental service.

In addition, Telstra announced that its Velocity fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network has been upgraded to offer a network download capacity of up to 100Mbps into the home for sharing across multiple users within the household.

GSMA and World Bank Partner on Renewable Energy Base Station Market

The GSMA is working with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, to support mobile operators in exploring the use of renewable energy base stations as a means of optimizing capital and operating expenditures.

The goal is to assist mobile operators in developing markets to deploy large scale renewable energy powered networks. Specifically, the IFC plans to identify and pursue green power investments that expand the mobile industry's use of renewable energy powered networks in developing countries. IFC will act independently as an anchored investor, offering developing country mobile operators a variety of financial instruments.

"We have estimated that mobile operators across the developing world will incur a US$14.6 billion diesel bill from powering off-grid base stations by 2012," said Rob Conway, CEO and Member of the Board, GSMA. "Working together with IFC, we hope to address this by helping mobile operators to expand network coverage into remote regions, deploy renewable energy base stations, reduce their energy costs and minimize impact on the environment."

BT Builds MPLS VPN for Italy's Roberto Cavalli Group

BT Global Services announced a three-year contract to provide a global MPLS VPN for the Roberto Cavalli Group, one of Italy's most prestigious fashion brands. The agreement includes the construction, deployment and management of a full IP convergence network supplying fixed line services and VoIP. The new network will link the Group headquarters in Florence with other Italian offices and subsidiaries via a fully redundant broadband infrastructure.

picoChip Secures $20 Million for Femtocell Silicon

picoChip, a start-up based in Bath, UK, secured $20 million in new venture funding for its femtocell silicon products.

picoChip's femtocell solutions cover all the major 3G standards (WCDMA/HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and cdma2000/EvDO), as well as 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) and LTE.

Announced customers include Alpha Networks, AT4 Wireless, Airspan (partnered with Fujitsu), Intel, ip.Access, Ubiquisys (supplying NEC and Motorola), Willtek, Xinwei Telecom, Zyxel and a number of other major OEMs and ODMs.

picoChip's investors include financial investors, Atlas Venture, Highland Capital Partners, Pond Venture Partners, Scottish Equity Partners, and Rothschild plus strategic investors AT&T, Intel and Samsung.

NSN Demos TD-LTE with China Mobile

At this week's GSMA Mobile Asia Congress in Hong Kong, Nokia Siemens Networks and China Mobile jointly demonstrated a TD-LTE femtocell. The demonstration showed a live streaming video downlink application achieving throughputs which exceed the typical xDSL speed currently possible via residential broadband connections.

"Successful TD-LTE commercial deployments warrant efficient, seamless and uniform coverage" said Tommi Uitto, Head of Wireless Access Product Management at Nokia Siemens Networks. "That's why it is imperative to think beyond macro deployments to quality of coverage inside homes and offices. While we have proven that we are ready for large scale outdoor TD-LTE deployments as early as 2010, our femtocell solution takes care of maintaining superior coverage indoors."

Ericsson Pushes EDGE Evolution to 1 Mbps

Ericsson published a whitepaper recommending EDGE Evolution technology as an inexpensive means of delivering mobile data services over existing GSM networks at rates of up to 1 Mbps. The solution adds 3G-like capabilities to GSM, more than doubling end-user bit-rates and reduces latency significantly. Ericsson is the first vendor to offer EDGE Evolution capabilities.

Currently, EDGE offers user bit rates up to 250kbps, with end-to-end latency of less than 150ms. The company said EDGE Evolution can deliver peak bit rates of up to 1 Mbps and typical bit rates of 400kbps. These higher average and peak bit-rates are achieved through more advanced modulation, more efficient channel coding and an increased symbol rate. Round-trip latency is reduced to less than 80ms and spectrum efficiency is more than doubled. Latency and perceived delay are improved through reduced Transmission Time Interval (TTI) and additional protocol enhancements.

EDGE Evolution can be gradually introduced as software upgrades, taking advantage of the huge GSM installed base. The technology encompasses a number of enhancements that were included in Release 7 of the 3GPP standard.

Ericsson said it appears likely that existing GSM networks will remain in operation till 2020 and as such it makes business sense to continue to improve them.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: "We are proud to be the world's first vendor with a commercially available EDGE Evolution solution. This is mobile broadband performance with low entry barriers. With this technology operators can address a potential market of 4 billion GSM users and provide cost-effective mobile broadband anywhere - including countries where 3G licenses have not yet been granted.

Aruba's Revenue Rises 8% Sequentially

Aruba Networks reported quarterly revenue of $57.6 million, an increase of approximately 10% over the $52.4 million for the same period last year and up 8% over the preceding quarter. In the fiscal quarter, the company had a $19.75 million litigation settlement expense. Including this cost, GAAP net loss was $24.7 million, or $0.28 per share, compared to a net loss of $6.4 million, or $0.08 per share, in the same period last year.

"We are pleased to report record revenues and both sequential and year-over-year revenue growth," said Dominic Orr, president and chief executive officer of Aruba. "Demand was robust across both our core verticals and the broader enterprise. We believe that we are continuing to gain market share, and expect to see further traction for our 802.11n products as a result of the recent introduction of our new value-priced, high-performance AP-105 802.11n Access Point. "

Alcatel-Lucent Completes LTE Data Call in 800 MHz "European Digital Dividend" Band

Alcatel-Lucent completed the first LTE data call on the 800 MHz "European Digital Dividend" (EDD) spectrum band in a live network. The call was completed in October at Alcatel-Lucent's 4G/LTE end-to-end solutions center in Stuttgart, Germany, and involved transmitting HD video streaming over the air using Alcatel-Lucent's commercial infrastructure platforms and prototype mobile devices.

For several months Alcatel-Lucent has been testing 4G/LTE mobile services on the 2.6GHz spectrum band at its Stuttgart facility. These tests have achieved data rates of up to 60 Mbps in the 10 MHz spectrum and very short round-trip delay, or "latency" times.

Alcatel-Lucent said this latest achievement of an EDD call in a live LTE network marks a milestone for the introduction of LTE in the European market. The company plans to be ready to provide mobile operators with a commercial solution as soon as regulatory decisions on EDD are made. In Germany, for instance, a frequency auction including the 800 MHz spectrum band is expected to take place in the 2nd quarter of 2010. The 800 MHz spectrum is particularly well suited to bringing mobile broadband Internet services to rural areas.

"This is a major breakthrough on our path to become the first vendor to offer a commercial solution for the 'Digital Dividend` spectrum", said Ken Wirth, President of Alcatel-Lucent's LTE/4G Solutions. "Our goal is to quickly and effectively support operators in their plans to further enhance the availability of broadband services all over the region, so we adapted our LTE solution to the 800 MHz frequency band quite early on and we are now working with customers on field trials."

Deploying LTE at 800MHz has a clear benefit for operators which can require fewer sites to cover rural areas, thus reducing overall environmental impact. 800 MHz spectrum LTE deployment could be an ideal complement to a 2.6GHz spectrum LTE deployment where smaller cells are required, in a dense urban environment for example. Alcatel-Lucent has live 2.6GHz LTE networks in Stuttgart and Velizy in France and its 2.6GHz radio modules are CE marked, clearing the way for shipment of 2.6GHz LTE base stations in the European Economic Area (EEA).

CA Completes NetQoS Acquisition

CA completed its $200 million acquisition of NetQoS, a provider of network performance management and service delivery management solutions.

Initially, NetQoS will operate as an independent entity within CA. CA plans to continue to make the NetQoS portfolio available as stand-alone products. CA also plans to proactively extend its leadership position in network and systems management, application performance management, and cloud management by offering the NetQoS products as integrated components of these solutions.

"NetQoS enhances CA's ability to help enterprise IT organizations and service providers deliver reliable, flexible, and cost-effective IT and business services," said Ajei Gopal, executive vice president of CA's Products and Technology Group. "We can now offer customers the ability to deliver service-centric insight into network, systems and application performance, across physical, virtual and cloud environments, with no visibility gaps."

Deutsche Telekom Seeks Merger of T-Home and T-Mobile in Germany

Deutsche Telekom has asked its shareholders to approve the merger of its T-Home and T-Mobile division in Germany into a single company in order to increase their competitiveness.

"Now is the right time to merge our mobile and fixed-network business. Two healthy, competitive business areas will become even stronger by joining forces," said Chairman of the Board of Management René Obermann. This is the Group's response to the challenges facing the industry. This will put Deutsche Telekom in a better position to offer integrated solutions and services for fixed network and mobile communications from a single source. The Group is also continuing to focus on efficient planning and the simplification of systems and wholesale products.

"On the one hand, customers with fixed-network and mobile contracts with Deutsche Telekom are considerably more loyal. On the other hand, just one in five of our 29 million customer households currently has a fixed-network and a mobile contract with Deutsche Telekom. If we were to persuade just one percent of the remaining customers to sign up for a second contract, our revenue could increase by up to EUR 100 million per year."

Intel to Build European Exascale Computing Research Center

Intel announced a multi-million Euro investment to build a European Exascale Computing Research Center in partnership with Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique, Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

The term "exascale" refers to computers that are able to process 1018 instructions per second -- roughly one thousand times faster than today's fastest supercomputer.

The research agenda of the Exascale Computing Research Center will include integrating multi petaFLOPS systems, developing advanced performance optimization techniques, and collaborating with end users to optimize supercomputer performance in areas such as energy, seismology, computational fluid dynamics and health care.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

FCC Identifies National Broadband Challenges

The FCC published a list of gaps in the nation's policies, programs and practices that must be filled before America can take advantage of the technological advantages that universal adoption and deployment of affordable, robust broadband can bring. These gaps range across all elements of the broadband ecosystem, including networks, applications, devices, and end-user adoption.

Key gaps identified by the task force include:

Federal Universal Service Fund (USF) Structure: Doesn't support broadband deployment and adoption despite over $7 billion spent to subsidize telecommunications annually

1. The majority of USF funding supports affordable phone service, not broadband.

2. The four USF programs -- high-cost support for rural phone service, support for advanced services in schools and libraries, support for phone service to low-income
families, and rural health care support -- are not coordinated to maximize deployment opportunities to fill broadband gaps.

3. High-cost funding mechanism rewards inefficiency and funds is not determined by broadband needs.

4. An unsustainable funding mechanism and increased demands for support have doubled the amount paid by consumers since 2000.

5. Accountability is limited for use of high-cost fund for broadband support.

Broadband Adoption Gap: Increases the cost of digital exclusion to society

1. Broadband adoption levels vary widely across demographic groups.

2. Nearly 90 percent of families with incomes of $100,000 or more subscribe to broadband services, compared to 35 percent with incomes of $20,000 or less.

3. Rural households are less likely to subscribe than urban households.

4. Only 40 percent of Hispanic households subscribe, followed by 46 percent of African-American households, while 65 percent of white households subscribe.

Consumer Information Gap: Undermines competition, innovation, and choice

1. Consumers lack information about actual performance of their broadband service compared to the advertised speeds.

2. Consumers can't accurately compare performance of competing service.

3. Application providers lack knowledge of network performance, dampening innovation.

Spectrum Gap: Frustrates mobile broadband growth

1. Smartphone sales are expected to overtake standard mobile phones by 2011.

2. Smart phone subscriptions have increased by 690 percent since 1998, while over-the-air TV viewership decreased by 56 percent.

3. Identifying available spectrum, reallocating it, and assigning it is often a long, multiyear process.

4. Spectrum is also critical for public safety, telemedicine, smart grid, civic engagement applications.

Deployment Gap: High costs can limit broadband deployment

1. "Middle Mile" costs for transit and transport of Internet traffic can cost rural providers up to $150 per subscriber annually, almost three times as much as network operations, and can be a serious barrier to rural broadband.

2. The lack of efficient coordination when digging trenches for fiber and other expensive infrastructure costs dramatically increases the cost of deployment.

3. Other outside plant costs, including pole attachments, also drive deployment gap.

4. Deployment gaps for access to advanced, high-speed broadband occur in the small business market marketplace, in rural areas, and to consumers in many residential neighborhoods across the nation.

Television Set-Top Box Innovation Gap: Hinders convergence, utilization, and adoption

1. The convergence of video, TV and Internet Protocol-based technology is creating a new broadband medium that could drive adoption and utilization.

2. Lack of devices is a major barrier for adoption -- 99 percent of U.S. households have a TV versus 76 percent with PCs.

3. Retail navigation device and set--top-box market competition has not emerged, limiting innovation.

Personal Data Gap: Users need to control their own information

1. Personal data is increasingly digitized and moving to the Internet "cloud."

2. Users have little control over their personal information.

3. Ensuring privacy and security will enable a new generation of applications, and improve top national priorities that would benefit by secure but accessible personnel

The task force developed the list of challenges from data gathered in a series of nearly 40 workshops and field hearings, from over 10,000 comments on the National Broadband Plan
Notice of Inquiry and 15 public notices, and in the analysis of existing studies and data.

FCC Sets 90 to 150 Day Review Limit for Tower Applications

FCC has set new timeframes of 90 days for collocations and 150 days for all other tower siting applications reviewed by state and local governments.

The FCC said its action is aimed at speeding the deployment of next generation wireless networks while respecting the legitimate concerns of local authorities and preserving local control over zoning and land use policies.

Congress specifically requires that state and local authorities act "within a reasonable period of time" on requests for tower siting.

While most state and local jurisdictions currently process tower siting applications in a timely fashion, the FCC found that there are many instances of unnecessary delays. In order to
ensure a timely review of these applications and to prevent unnecessary delay, the FCC interprets a "reasonable period of time" as 90 days for collocations and 150 days for all other towers. If a jurisdiction "fails to act" on the application within this reasonable time period, applicants may file a claim for relief in court within 30 days of the failure to act. The court will then decide what action to take based on all the facts of the case.

Xangati Extends its Application Mgt System for Broadband Services

Xangati has extended its Application Management 2.0 solution with a new Broadband Subscriber Intelligence capability that enables service providers to track cumulative usage patterns of their subscribers.

Xangati Broadband Subscriber Intelligence can alert service providers to the percentage of bandwidth their subscribers are using; and, what applications they're running to consume that bandwidth. Information such as this provides service providers with the necessary intelligence to validate usage plans, revenue and cost estimates, and ensure the highest return possible from their extensive network investment.

Xangati noted that many service providers are currently contemplating bandwidth caps for their broadband services even though surveys have shown that the vast majority of consumers don't approve of this practice. Data mining the rich information found on a service provider's own network, with the Xangati solution, helps analyze whether usage-caps make sense for their unique subscriber base; and if so, how to most effectively tier that model.

Xangati said that data mining for one particular service provider showed 1% of their customer base consumes more than 40% of their upstream bandwith; and 20% consumes almost 100% of all bandwidth.

Xangati Broadband Subscriber Intelligence is available immediately as part of the Xangati solution.

Kineto Announces Combined VoLGA/IMS Client for Voice Over LTE

Kineto Wireless introduced a software client that supports both VoLGA (voice over LTE via Generic Access) and IMS voice for LTE handsets.

Expanding on Kineto's previously announced VoLGA Software Developer's Kit (SDK), the new client enables handset manufacturers to integrate a combined VoLGA/IMS voice client and accelerate LTE handsets to market. In addition, the client can be upgraded over the air through standard procedures to support new and evolving functionality, providing operators, as well as subscribers, a future-proof solution. Kineto's combined VoLGA/IMS voice client is compliant with the VoLGA Forum's release 1.0 specifications and is planned to support the recently announced "One Voice" IMS telephony profile.

Kineto said an important requirement for any LTE handset is concurrent support for both the interim VoLGA and longer-term IMS voice solutions. Operators around the world will adopt IMS voice on different timelines, so LTE handsets must support the interim approach along with IMS to provide an effective roaming solution. Kineto's combined client is the industry's first to provide this comprehensive solution.

"It is inevitable operators migrating to LTE will need to support more than one voice option," said Uwe Janßen, senior vice president of core networks at Deutsche Telekom. "While the long-term approach for LTE voice remains IMS, many operators will require an interim voice solution, and we see VoLGA being the best approach, by far. As both are based on the same radio mechanisms, there is a natural evolution from VoLGA to IMS, which is nicely demonstrated by the integrated client."
  • Earlier this month, leading global telecom players announced a "One Voice" initiative to push for a standards-based solution for voice and SMS over LTE networks. The companies have jointly developed a technical profile for LTE voice and SMS services. This profile defines an optimal set of existing 3GPP-specified functionalities that all industry stakeholders, including network vendors, service providers and handset manufacturers, can use to offer compatible LTE voice solutions.

    Specifically, the technical profile document defines a minimum mandatory set of features a wireless device (the UE) and network are required to implement in order to guarantee an interoperable, high quality IMS-based telephony service over LTE radio access. 3GPP Release 8, which is the first release supporting LTE, is taken as a basis for the profile. An annex to the main profile has also been drafted to deal with scenarios where IMS voice service must coexist with the current circuit switched infrastructure.

Aztech Selects PMC-Sierra Solutions for GPON ONTs

Aztech, a broadband equipment manufacturer based in Singapore, has selected PMC-Sierra's solutions for its new GPON Optical Network Terminal (ONT) design. Aztech's GPON 200E4 - 4 Port Gigabit Bridge ONT is built around PMC-Sierra's PAS7401 SoC and targets residential and SOHO deployments.

PMC-Sierra's PAS7401 product line integrates a GPON MAC, a VoIP subsystem, an embedded controller and GigaPASS bridge performing advanced classification, queuing and filtering, with wire-speed throughput at all packet sizes. The reference designs come with complete GPON ONT software, featuring GPON functions, QoS bridging, VoIP, SIP and OMCI.

PMC-Sierra also provides a four-port GPON OLT SoC, the PAS5211, for Central Office equipment, and a GPON Gateway device, the MSP7162, for Customer Premises equipment.