Wednesday, March 18, 2009

ooma to Add Features for Google Voice

ooma, which offers a broadband phone service, is developing a set of features that will integrate with the upcoming Google Voice service. ooma's current and future home phone systems will support the Google Voice Extensions (GVE) with release planned for this summer. These will include:

ooma GVE Outbound Caller ID Integration -- ooma users can display their Google Voice caller ID on outbound calls from ooma systems with no need to dial additional call prompts or 20 digit phone numbers.

ooma GVE SMS text integration -- with ooma Telo handsets (available this coming August), Google Voice SMS messages may be displayed on the handsets in the home, not just on a cell phone.

ooma GVE Home Phone Integration -- allows calls sent to an ooma home phone to be forwarded directly to a Google Voice number for routing just as if the call were originally directed to a Google Voice number. This overcomes the limitation of not being able to port phone numbers to the Google Voice service. This is made possible by the "Instant Second Line" feature found in ooma Premier.

ooma GVE Call Announce -- in households where multiple Google Voice accounts exist, ooma Premier Google Voice Extensions can allow for different Google Voice accounts to forward calls directly to specific handsets in a home. The GVE Call Announce feature will also voice an announcement of who in the household the call is intended based on which Google Voice account originated the call.

ooma GVE Listen In feature -- allows a user at home to monitor and intercept a voicemail as it is being left without dialing any additional call prompts.

ooma GVE One Touch Voice Mail -- allows ooma users to access their Google Voice mailbox with a single touch of a button on an ooma Hub, Scout, or Telo handset. This eliminates the need to dial a Google Voice number and then password to gain access to voice mail.

Dell'Oro: Enterprises Adopting More 10 Gbps, Service Providers Drive 40 Gbps

The markets for 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps technologies are forecasted to grow in 2009 despite broader market declines, according to recently published reports by Dell'Oro Group.

The reports indicate that while enterprise and service provider markets will both see annual declines of close to 10 percent in 2009, high-speed networking will continue to grow. Within enterprise markets, 10 Gbps is gaining hold not only on infrastructure equipment, but also more recently on the client side with server adoption. Within service provider markets, 40 Gbps technologies are gaining traction on routers and optical transport platforms.

The reports also show that many vendors have benefited from this trend toward higher-speed networking adoption. Cisco held top share positions in 10 Gbps Switching and 40 Gbps Routing shipments, while Nokia Siemens held the leadership position in 40 Gbps Optical DWDM long-haul terrestrial shipments during 2008. Over the same time period, Broadcom attained the number one share position for 10 Gbps silicon controllers deployed in servers.

Matisse Obtains NEBS L3 for its EtherBurst Optical Packet Transport

Matisse Networks has received NEBS Level 3 Certification from MET Laboratories for its EtherBurst products. The NEBS Certification is required for deployment in service provider central offices.

To obtain the certification, the EtherBurst product portfolio was subject to extensive testing covering Ambient Temperature and Humidity, Equipment Handling, Resistance to Fire, Earthquake Survivability, Vibration, Airborne Contaminants, ESD, Emissions, and AC Power Fault. Complete compliance to all NEBS specifications ensures that the equipment being deployed is acceptable for use in service provider central offices.

Matisse's EtherBurst architecture, which has been shipping since last year, integrates Ethernet and WDM technologies. The system that applies the principles of packet switching to the optical layer. Instead of dedicated optical circuits, the goal is a more highly efficient, layer 2 packet-switched photonic layer. Etherburst relies on Matisse's patented 10 Gbps "Tango" optical burst transponder, which is capable of tuning and locking to any wavelength in the ITU C-band in nanoseconds. Matisse is using off-the-shelf, commercially available tunable lasers along with its own silicon and intellectual property. Burst scheduling, collision avoidance and quality of service (802.1 p and DiffServ) enforcement are provided by Matisse Network's patented "MeshWave" packet processor.

Hughes Announces Next Generation HX Routers

Hughes Network Systems released its latest generation HX broadband satellite routers, providing up to twice the throughput performance and based on the DVB-S2/ACM bandwidth management of the company's HX System. Both incorporate a high performance processor and ample onboard memory to deliver carrier grade performance for business private networks, cellular backhaul, and a wide range of broadband applications.

The HX260 features an integrated, multichannel TDMA demodulator, enabling simultaneous mesh and star mode connectivity within the HX System. This enables private networks with mix of voice and data services that can be managed from one central NOC location.

The HX200 supports connection to a variety of radios, including industry-standard L-Band BUCs, and can be configured to support the full range of advanced features offered by the HX System, including mobility support. The HX260 multichannel demodulator enables the unit to operate in full mesh mode with a single satellite hop to connect to another HX260 terminal, offering maximum network flexibility and reliability.

Sierra Telephone Selects Tellabs for Ethernet Services

Sierra Telephone, a network operator based in central California, will deploy the Tellabs 8800 Multiservice Router (MSR) Series as the centerpiece of its 10 Gigabit Ethernet network. Tellabs solutions enable the company to support its existing network while migrating to Ethernet services on one system. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sierra Telephone already uses the Tellabs integrated network manager to manage all Tellabs products in the network, including the Tellabs 8800 MSR series, the Tellabs 5500 Digital Cross-Connect System, Tellabs 5320L Digital Cross-Connect System and the Tellabs 1000 Multiservice Access Platform.

GeoEye Delivers High-Res Color Satellite Imagery to Google


has started delivering high-resolution, color satellite imagery from its newest satellite to Google. The GeoEye-1 satellite images that are being highlighted by Google were all taken within the last 60 days and include images of the Pyramids of Giza, Mount Fuji, Sydney Australia, and many other recognizable locations.

The images were all taken from 423 miles in space as GeoEye-1 moved around the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour. The 4,300-pound GeoEye-1 satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Sept. 6, 2008.

Hughes to Represent Satellite Industry Association on Broadband Stimulus Panel

Hughes Network Systems will represent the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) on a panel at the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) public meeting being held today at the U.S. Department of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C. BTOP was established by the recently-enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

"The satellite industry wholeheartedly supports the goals of the broadband stimulus program including providing and improving Internet access in unserved and underserved areas," said SIA President Patricia Cooper. "Satellite companies stand ready to delivery broadband to remote and rural communities, promoting economic growth and job creation."http://www.sia.org

China Mobile Reaches 457 Million Mobile Users, up 23.8% for 2008

China Mobile's annual turnover reached RMB 41.3 billion in 2008, up by 15.5% for 2008. Total subscribers exceeded 457 million, up by 23.8%. The net increase in new subscribers per month was over 7.3 million. As of 31 December 2008, the Group's total voice usage volume was 2,441.31 billion minutes and the average minutes of usage per user per month (MOU) was 492 minutes. Average revenue per user per month (ARPU) was RMB 83.

Due partly to the positive impact of change in PRC enterprise income tax rate, profit attributable to shareholders reached RMB 112,793 million -- rose 29.6 percent. year-on-year. Margin of profit attributable to shareholders reached a relatively high level of 27.4 percent.. EBITDA reached RMB 216,487 million, up 11.6 percent., with a margin of 52.5 percent.. Basic earnings per share reached RMB 5.63, up 29.4 percent. year-on-year.

In 2009, having taken into consideration various relevant factors such as the Company's overall financial condition, cash flow generating capability and sustainable future development, China Mobile anticipates a dividend payout ratio for the full year of 2009 to be 43 percent..

Looking into the future, China Mobile believes the impact of the global financial crisis will continue to be felt but that the Chinese government policies will have positive impact on the demand for telecommunications and information services, while the active promotion of homegrown innovation will help its development. China Mobile also face new challenges. The increasing penetration rate of mobile telecommunications, the restructuring of the telecommunications industry and the issuing of 3G licenses will change the industry structure and competitive landscape. The company vowed to adopt an innovative approach towards integrating its networks and fully utilizing 2G network resources while ensuring a smooth upgrade for subscribers to 3G.

In addition, China Mobile will leverage its influence and market leading position to proactively push the development and maturity of the TD-SCDMA industry while researching LTE.

AT&T: Cyber-Crime Exceeds Drug Trafficking as the Most Lucrative Illegal Global Business

According to the FBI, revenues from cyber-crime, for the first time ever, exceeded drug trafficking as the most lucrative illegal global business, estimated at reaping more than $1 trillion annually in illicit profits.

AT&T Chief Security Officer Edward Amoroso told a Senate Commerce Committee that cyber-security threats have increased significantly over the past five years, and are evolving to the point where they pose a significant threat to both private and government institutions.

Testifying before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Amoroso said, "Evolving and more lethal types of cyber-attacks can devastate infrastructure. It has become so easy and rampant that the risk has grown exponentially. The result is a laser-like cyber-attack on an unsuspecting business or government system."

Amoroso recommended three actions to address the growing cyber threat to the U.S.

  • The federal government procurement process needs to be upgraded to implement sufficient security protections to deal with large-scale cyber-attacks.

  • More international partnership and cooperation is required during a cyber-attack.

  • Endorse several National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) recommendations to improve public and private sector communications to better thwart cyber-attacks.

VoiceNetworkx Plans 3.65 GHz WiMAX in Southern California

VoiceNetworkx has begun the FCC registration process for 3.65 GHz WiMAX base stations in anticipation of deployment in Southern California. Specifically, VoiceNetworkx has initiated FCC registration for 12 base stations in Southern California in anticipation of WiMAX deployment planned for 2009. The company said it is leveraging its current VoIP competencies and network in order to capitalize on the FCC's decision to use a non-exclusive shared use licensing scheme for the 3.65 GHz band.

Cisco to Acquire Pure Digital for Flip Consumer Camcorder

Cisco extended its push into consumer electronics with the announcement of its planned acquisition of Pure Digital Technologies, a San Francisco-based company behind the Flip Video consumer camcorder. Under the deal, Cisco will pay approximately $590 million in stock in exchange for all shares of Pure Digital. In addition, Cisco will provide up to $15 million in retention-based equity incentives for continuing employees.

Pure Digital's Flip Video has sold more than 2 million units. The one-button camcorder features a built-in USB plug and embedded software that allows users to easily organize and edit videos and then share them on YouTube, MySpace and other popular sharing Web sites.

"The acquisition of Pure Digital is key to Cisco's strategy to expand our momentum in the media-enabled home and to capture the consumer market transition to visual networking," said Ned Hooper, senior vice president of Cisco's Corporate Development and Consumer Groups.

SUPERCOMM Delayed from June to October -- Verizon and AT&T to Keynote

SUPERCOMM 2009 has been rescheduled from June 8-9 to October 21-23, 2009. The event will continue to be hosted at McCormick Place.

The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which are co-owners of the show said the rescheduling could help build on the momentum of the expected broadband stimulus spending.

"Our goal is to have a productive and timely forum at SUPERCOMM where all of the broadband technology stakeholders are present to realize, leverage and communicate the scope, opportunity and impact that the $7B stimulus package will offer. Further, the focus on broadband technology has become critical to our future both here and abroad and it is the mission and strategic intent of SUPERCOMMM to help accelerate and advance this technology," said Walter McCormick, USTelecom President.

The organizers also confirmed the 2009 keynote schedule to include Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO, Verizon and John Stankey, President & CEO, AT&T Operations. Seidenberg will present the opening keynote on Wed. morning Oct. 21 and Stankey will present on Thurs. Oct. 22 in the morning.

EXPOCOMM Events LLC has been appointed the new management company for the event.