Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent Adds Gigabit Wireless Radios from Bridgewave into Portfolio

Under a global resale agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will integrate multi-gigabit millimeter wave radios from BridgeWave into its 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) transmission solutions. This advancement will expand the frequency range covered by the 9500 MPR with the high-frequency 60-90 GHz spectrum to provide customers up to 2.6 Gbps of capacity, sufficient to support the anticipated transport requirements for 2G, 3G and 4G networks.

"We are proud to collaborate with Alcatel-Lucent, a company with a clear strategic vision for an open LTE ecosystem," said Amir Makleff, President and CEO at BridgeWave Communications. "Our expertise and leadership in the 80GHz spectrum combined with Alcatel-Lucent's broad product offering and support organization provides customers with an attractive combination of technology and solutions."

  • Last month, BridgeWave Communications introduced its FlexPort family of high-capacity 80 GHz radios for mobile backhaul. The FlexPort operates in the high-frequency 80 GHz spectrum to provide up to 1.5 Gbps of capacity for backhaul of both native IP and TDM traffic. Bridgewave plans to release an update in Q3 that will boost this backhaul capacity to up to 2.6 Gbps. The company said that multi-gigahertz allocations in the 80 GHz frequency band make possible these multi-gigabit transmission rates. And unlike bandwidth-constrained microwave or newer Ethernet radios, the multi-gigabit capacity of its FlexPort makes it suitable for 4G backhaul.

TI Reaches One million mark in Puma 5 Chips for DOCSIS 3.0

Texas Instruments has shipped more than one million Puma 5 DOCSIS 3.0-based products to cable manufacturers, a vast majority of which have helped MSOs (Multiple System Operator) deploy end-equipment in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

TI's Puma 5 family supports a wide-range of DOCSIS 3.0 end-equipment that can deliver speeds up to 400 Mbps downstream. Additionally, TI provides customers with a cost-optimized, high-performance solution designed for mass market demands of up to 200 Mbps downstream, helping manufacturers get to market quickly in volume.

"This milestone serves as resounding proof that the global cable industry has achieved sweeping success in deploying next-generation DOCSIS 3.0 products and services and is now rolling out these services in volume globally. Over the past two years, TI's customers have helped MSOs drive DOCSIS 3.0 deployments in every major region around the world, while continuing to enhance interoperability and gain valuable field experience," said Ran Senderovitz, TI's Digital Connected Home business manager.

Harris Stratex Networks Introduces 400 Mbps Wireless Backhaul

Harris Stratex Networks introduced an enhanced Eclipse Packet Node wireless backhaul solution for North American mobile operators. The enhanced Eclipse Packet Node, which includes the new IRU600 all-indoor radio unit, helps service providers avoid the backhaul bottleneck and meet the growing demands for the evolution to high-speed IP backhaul. The IRU600 supports pure native Ethernet/IP traffic up to a maximum throughput of 400 Mbps in a single radio channel. The IRU600 also enables native mixed mode operation to provide continued support for TDM traffic, enabling gradual and controlled backhaul network migration to all-IP networks.

Juniper Integrates Video Monitoring/Analysis into Edge Routers

Juniper Networks an integrated video monitoring and analysis solution for its M and MX Series routers. The StreamScope eRM, which builds upon the technology of Triveni Digital, a provider of digital signal monitoring and analysis solutions and subsidiary of LG Electronics (LGE), performs deep, application-layer video stream quality monitoring within edge routing infrastructure.

Juniper said the ability to monitor and analyze MPEG streams in real-time is critical to ensuring the quality of video services over cable, wireless and IPTV networks. Traditionally, comprehensive video monitoring functionality required dedicated appliances. By integrating video monitoring capabilities within the M and MX Series platforms and JUNOS software, StreamScope eRM eliminates the need for video monitoring specific appliances.

Because StreamScope eRM can be seamlessly integrated into existing Juniper routers, customers will be able to leverage deployed M and MX Series platforms to deliver integrated video monitoring and analysis capabilities, providing investment protection and lower TCO, while ensuring superior scalability. With support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet links, StreamScope eRM is offered with up to 10 times the scalability of many typical video monitoring appliances. Additionally, the tight coupling with JUNOS forwarding and control planes ensures simple, unified device and network management.

StreamScope eRM is expected to be available as an optional feature for the MX and M Series in 2H09.

Cisco Confirms Cisco CRS-1, ASR 9000, ASR 1000 Selection by Verizon Wireless

Cisco confirmed that the Verizon Wireless network incorporates the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System and is also deploying the new Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers and Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers to expand both capacity and capabilities of backhaul for its 3G/4G Mobile Internet services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cisco announced that Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network, was named winner of the inaugural Cisco Joint Operational Excellence Quality Award. Cisco said its award recognizes the service provider that best demonstrates excellence in operational metrics, cost management, and product and service performance.

Alcatel-Lucent Expands its ng Connect Program

Alcatel-Lucent announced an expansion of its ng Connect Program multi-industry initiative -- which is aimed at encouraging the growth of a rich and diverse ecosystem of infrastructure, devices, content and applications for both mobile and fixed broadband networks including 4G, Long Term Evolution (LTE), GPON and other ultra high bandwidth technologies.

The ng Connect Program has added four new members including leading companies from the music, telecommunication and education sectors bringing the total number of companies in the program to eighteen in the two months since its inception.

The new members include:

  • Atlantic Records - Atlantic Records, which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2008, currently ranks as the #1 label in the music industry according to Nielsen Soundscan.

  • Kyocera Communications Inc. (KCI) - the newly formed sales, marketing and service organization for Kyocera and Sanyo-branded wireless devices in the Americas. The company's devices are driving the convergence of telecommunications, broadband and multimedia.

  • LearningMate - a leading provider of end-to-end e-Learning education solutions. LearningMate develops engaging, instructionally sound, interactive learning experiences on a variety of technology platforms and devices.

  • MediaTile - a worldwide supplier of all-in-one cellular digital signage and kiosk solutions that are remarkably easy-to-deploy and operate.

Verizon Wireless Joins China Mobile, and SOFTBANK on Mobile Widget Initiative

Verizon Wireless plans to join the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) established by China Mobile, SOFTBANK and Vodafone to help accelerate the uptake of innovative mobile technologies on a mass-market scale. The combined customer reach of these carriers is approximately 1 billion consumers.

The JIL will initially focus on creating a single global platform for developers to encourage the creation of a wide range of innovative and useful mobile widgets. These mobile widgets will be capable of enhancing the mobile Internet experience on a variety of smartphones as well as mid- and low-cost handsets on multiple operating systems.

As part of this initiative, the JIL plans to launch later this year a range of tools to encourage innovation among global mobile developers. The tools include: a common mobile widgets specification; easy-to-use developer kits; and an online repository, distribution and payment mechanism to ensure developers can roll out their products to customers in more than 70 countries across North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Radware Completes Acquisition of Nortel's Alteon Layer 4-7 Business

Radware has completed the acquisition of assets pertaining to Nortel's Layer 4-7 Application Delivery Business for US$18 million . Included in the acquisition are Nortel's application delivery products, certain related intellectual property assets, tangible assets, inventory and service contracts in addition to a number of employees related to this business.

A 5-year product support plan will be implemented immediately for all existing Radware [Alteon] customers reinforcing the company's commitment to the product line and securing the investment of these customers in Alteon technology. Radware plans to continue to sell these products under the Radware Alteon brand and invest in their development - leveraging mutual strengths of both Radware and Alteon technologies and experience - to provide customers with the next generation of more reliable, high-performance and feature-rich solutions.

Verizon Wireless Establishes LTE Innovation Center

Verizon Wireless is establishing an LTE Innovation Center to help foster creative solutions connecting people, places and things wirelessly using LTE technology. The Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center seeks to help developers assess what types of new products and services may best succeed in the marketplace.

The facility, which is based in Waltham, Mass., includes a lab for product testing and development, as well as home and business environments designed to simulate usage of products in real-life situations.

A catalyst for early development of non-traditional products for use on LTE networks, the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center is expected to see significant activity across three product areas: 1) consumer electronics and appliances; 2) machine-to-machine (M-2-M) products in the areas of healthcare, security and utility metering; and 3) telematics.

The Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center will support early stages of product development, including concept validation, usability studies, product design analysis, prototyping, and lab and field trials. Once a product is proven through the development process and ready to come to market, Verizon Wireless can help the developer quickly access the most appropriate sales channels for a given product.

Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, primary network vendors for Verizon Wireless' initial LTE network deployments and founding partners of the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center, will offer expertise to a wide array of companies, many of which never have had products ripe for commercial deployment on a wireless network. This includes providing commercial-grade hardware and software for prototyping, testing and validation, and resources to help manage the lab and work through any service integration and hand-off design issues that may arise during the testing process.

Brian Higgins will serve as executive director of the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center.

Alcatel-Lucent Unveils its Evolved Packet Core for LTE

Alcatel-Lucent introduced its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) architecture for operators deploying Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

Unlike existing cellular networks, LTE will be based on a flat, all-IP packet core for both voice and data services. The Evolved Packet Core will feature a clear delineation of the control plane and the data plane.

Alcatel-Lucent's Evolved Packet Core incorporates four elements, including: the Mobility Management Entity (MME) and Dynamic Services Controller (DSC), which manage dynamic mobility and policy; and the Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network (PDN) Gateway, which are implemented as plug-in hardware and software modules for the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router. The MME will be based on an in-house Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) purpose-built platform. All EPC elements are managed by the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM). In addition, the EPC integrates with the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Evolution Transport Architecture (META), providing an all-IP evolution path to LTE technologies in both the transport and core networks.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that its EPC solution draws on its established based on its 30,000 7750 SR router deployments amongst 260+ operators.
With the 7750 SR, operators are able to deploy a single router that supports 2G, 3G and LTE as well as wireline networks, reducing cost, complexity and space requirements.

The company also noted that its EPC architecture has already been selected by Verizon Wireless. Alcatel-Lucent was also selected for the RAN and IMS portions of the Verizon Wireless LTE network as well.

"The move to LTE is one of the most critical network transformations we will see within the next 5-10 years," said Basil Alwan, President of Alcatel-Lucent's IP activities. "Consumers are now using their wireless devices for more sophisticated broadband applications and mobile operators have recognized that a new IP network architecture is required to meet the resulting demands.