Monday, January 19, 2009

Mintera Expands 40G Product Family with DQPSK DWDM Module

Mintera has expanded its 40 Gbps optical transport system with an enhanced-DQPSK module. The commercially available MI 5000XM delivers high PMD tolerance, high launch power tolerance, ROADM support and Ultra-Long Haul (ULH) reach. The device can support channel spacing as small as 25GHz. The MI 5000XM modulation format also incorporates an enhancement to enable higher channel launch powers resulting in increased transmission reach and greater system design flexibility.

Excel Reaches One Billion Minutes/Month with Veraz Switch

Excel Telecommunications has reached one billion minutes of traffic per month using Veraz's ControlSwitch. By replacing 18 Nortel TDM and Alcatel DECs switches with a distributed ControlSwitch, Excel was able to double its traffic load while reducing network management labor costs significantly. Veraz said the ControlSwitch's programmability enabled migration from Excel's 18-switch legacy network over a period of 18 months, and new traffic was carried on the Veraz infrastructure within twelve weeks, thereby speeding time to revenue for new services. In addition, the ControlSwitch's open application interfaces and service brokering capabilities enabled Excel to include services such as Local Number Portability and Teleblock.

Hibernia Atlantic Lights Fiber from Amsterdam to Dublin and North America

Hibernia Atlantic is launching service on its new route between Amsterdam and its 37 POPs in North America.

The network completely bypasses London's common congested terrestrial fiber routes. Latency on the new Amsterdam to Boston route is now 74 milliseconds making this the fastest available route, according to the company. It also offers the fastest route between Amsterdam and Dublin, Ireland. By using its northern cable, Hibernia's new network shaves two milliseconds off the latency on the existing London to Amsterdam route. The new North London bypass intercepts Hibernia's existing network between Southport and London at Peterborough, approximately 185km North of London. From there it extends eastward to Pakenham where the new constructed route meets Hibernia's existing cable to Amsterdam, approximately 150km North of London.

NTT America Expands IPv6 Across Switch and Data Network Centers

NTT America has completed an expansion across Switch and Data's colocation facilities in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Seattle, and Palo Alto, California. Enterprise and service provider customers in Switch and Data's sites in these markets will now have direct access to NTT's commercial grade Global Tier-1 IPv6 backbone, which operates across four continents.

NTT America noted that as of September 2008, there are 39 /8s remaining in the IPv4 free address pool. The Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) have collectively allocated about ten to twelve /8s of IPv4 address space each year, on average. If that trend continues unchanged, by mid-2012 the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and the other RIRs will no longer be able to allocate large new blocks of IPv4 address space. This scenario assumes that demand does not increase -- which is unlikely, given the ever increasing number of Internet-enabled devices.

Harmonic Introduces 1550 NM DWDM System

Harmonic introduced its SUPRALink 1550 nm DWDM transmission system for cable operators. The new SUPRALink platform delivers up to a four-fold increase in fiber reach over 1310 nm systems. It supports up to eight wavelengths per single fiber over link distances of 40 km with optical amplification and 25 km without optical amplification, for up to 1 GHz of both digital and analog content per wavelength. Operating in the 1550 nm band, SUPRALink is also more immune to impairment mechanisms of 1310 nm WDM systems and as a result is more robust.

Harmonic said its system can be scaled in one-wavelength increments, providing a simple, seamless, "pay-as-you grow" expansion path.

Riverbed to Exceed Previous Guidance for Q4

Riverbed Technology announced preliminary financial results saying it now expects fourth quarter fiscal 2008 revenues of approximately $91 to $92 million, representing a Riverbed record for quarterly revenue, and approximately 20% growth over the same period one year ago. Fourth quarter GAAP EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.29 to $0.33 per diluted share. GAAP EPS estimates benefit from the expected reduction of the valuation allowance on Riverbed's deferred tax assets.

These preliminary fourth quarter revenue and non-GAAP EPS results exceed the guidance the company provided on October 23, 2008. At that time, the company estimated revenue between $87 and $90 million and non-GAAP earnings between $0.15 and $0.17 per share.

"We are pleased with our preliminary fourth quarter financial results," said Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed president and CEO. "We achieved full year 2008 revenue growth of approximately 40% against the backdrop of a challenging global economy."

Riverbed to Acquire Mazu for Application Management Software

Riverbed Technology agreed to acquire Mazu Networks, a privately-owned company that supplies WAN management software, for $25 million in cash at closing plus up to an additional $22 million in cash if certain sales targets are met.

Mazu Networks' software provides a holistic, real-time view of application usage and performance. This perspective is critical to understanding the application environment and taking the right steps to validate and ensure delivery of business-critical applications across the wide area network (WAN). Mazu is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Riverbed said the acquisition of Mazu Networks allows it to meet enterprise and service provider customer demands by extending its suite of WAN optimization products to include global application performance, reporting and analytics.

"The market for WAN optimization is fast becoming more mainstream and increasingly our enterprise and service provider customers are demanding more visibility, reporting and analytics capabilities from us as they seek to deploy more robust infrastructure for managing their global applications," said Jerry M. Kennelly, president and CEO of Riverbed. "This requirement is driven by the enterprise's need to reduce costs via consolidation, improve end-user productivity, and leverage technology to streamline business processes."
  • Mazu Networks is headed by Paul Brady, who previously was president and chief operating officer of Guardent, a leading Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) that was acquired by Verisign in February of 2004.

  • Mazu's investors include Greylock Partners, Matrix Partners, Pilot House Ventures, StarVest Partners, Benchmark Capital and Symantec.

Global Crossing Adds 600 Gbps to Atlantic Crossing Cable

During the first half of 2009, Global Crossing will be adding 600 Gbps of transport capacity to the Atlantic Crossing (AC-1) Northern and Southern routes. Global Crossing's Atlantic Crossing -1 South route connects Brookhaven, New York, to the United Kingdom. Atlantic Crossing -1 North connects Brookhaven, New York, to Germany and the Netherlands.

"We continue to make strategic investments in network infrastructure in support of strong growth around the world," said John Legere, Global Crossing's CEO. "We are increasing capacity on our Atlantic Crossing undersea system to accommodate our carrier and service provider customers' requirements for IP connectivity and broadband services, such as social media and content delivery networks."

Global Crossing noted that it has been enhancing its IP Supercore since 2006. Each of the Juniper T-640 routers in the company's IP Supercore is capable of terabit speeds for future expansion. Early in 2008, the company extended it to three South American cities to accommodate the growing traffic generated by high-bandwidth applications in that region. Juniper T-640 routers were added to the network in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Last year, Global Crossing inaugurated a fiber optic cable landing on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. The new cable connection is an extension of the Pan American Crossing (PAC(R)), which connects the United States' west coast, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela and the Virgin Islands, in addition to the east coast of the United States, South America, Europe and Asia, via Global Crossing's other underwater cable systems. Global Crossing also expanded the capacity on its Mid-Atlantic Crossing undersea fiber-optic cable system by adding 340 Gbps.

Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath Offers Hosted Voice Services

Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath service

introduced a full suite of business-class hosted voice and Internet services. The Lightpath Hosted Voice service offers a new phone system, competitive calling plans and Internet bandwidth up to five times versus the competition. Optimum Lightpath's Voice Services portfolio also includes Lightpath Managed Voice, Lightpath IP Trunking and Lightpath Internet/Voice.

Bay Microsystems' ABEx 2020 Achieves InfiniBand Compliance

Bay Microsystems' ABEx 2020 Multiservice Transport Gateway platform has been accepted into the Integrators' List by the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA). Bay's ABEx 2020, which enables InfiniBand extension over Wide Area Networks, was tested and accepted by the IBTA as being compliant with the InfiniBand architecture specification. The independent testing was performed by the IBTA at the 14th InfiniBand Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest held at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., last September.

Redknee Secures Tier One North America Customer for Wireless Personalization

Redknee announced a multi-million contract

to supply its wireless personalization platform to a North American tier-one communications service provider (name witheld).
Redknee enables wireless subscribers to gain greater control over their mobile experience by being able to set individual user limits and preferences for voice, text, and data services. The company anticipates that the bulk of the revenue from this contract will be recognized during fiscal 2009.

Fujitsu Releases Compact GPON Transceivers

Fujitsu introduced the first optical transceiver compliant with ITU-T G.984.2 Class C and Class C+ for Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON). Existing devices only comply with the ITU-T(2) G.984.2 Class B+ specification. Fujitsu will begin selling optical transceivers compliant with Class C at the end of January 2009 and with Class C+ at the end of April 2009.

Fujitsu said its GPON design has improved optical output and receiver sensitivity, allowing for the use of a greater number of optical branches (64 or more) and loss reduction lines for optical-fiber channels, as well as increasing the distance between subscriber premises (40 km or more) by developing the following technologies:

  • Burst-mode receiver technology that can receive faint burst-mode signals (discontinued optical signals with different times) consuming half the power or less, when compared to existing Class B+ compliant transceivers.

  • A highly efficient thermal dissipation structure and control software to ensure stable operation of optical devices across a wide temperature range, enabling 150% more power output when compared to existing Class B+ transceivers.

Fujitsu and NSW Selected for Indonesian Submarine Network

Fujitsu and Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH (NSW) of Germany were awarded a turnkey contract by PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk. (PT TELKOM) worth more than US$100 million to install a submarine optic-fiber cable system for the Indonesian islands Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Java, Bali and Lombok. Fujitsu will provide terminal equipment, repeaters, branching units system integration and associated services for this project. The repeaters will be integrated into the repeatered cables provided by NSW, which will also provide such services as surveying, marine installation and civil works. The completion date is set for the January-March quarter of 2010.

FCC Seeks Clarification on Comcast's VoIP Management

The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau has requested clarification from Comcast regarding its newly-implemented network management practice and its own VoIP service. Specifically, the FCC is seeking clarification over a bandwidth throttling practice that occurs when a consumer uses 70% of his/her provisioned bandwidth over a 15 minute period. Comcast said such customers may experience choppiness in their VoIP communications because that customer loses priority when packets hit a congested point in the network. However, Comcast's own website states that its "Digital Voice" service is a separate facilities-based IP service that is not affected by this network management practice.

Bell Canada offers Retirement Incentive

As a step toward a more competitive cost structure, Bell Canada will offer a retirement incentive to approximately 1,500 qualifying employees represented by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers' Union of Canada. The company said the offer is not an early retirement program, as it applies only to Bell employees who meet certain criteria and are already eligible to retire in 2009 and 2010.