Monday, May 18, 2009

Aricent and Cavium Collaborate on LTE eNodeB Designs

Aricent and Cavium Networks announced a joint collaboration through which the companies expect to offer pre-optimized, performance enhanced Aricent LTE eNodeB Layer 2 and Layer 3 stacks, and the Aricent LTE eNodeB Framework (eNBF), for Cavium's OCTEON Multi-core MIPS64 Processor Family for Long Term Evolution (LTE) base stations.

Aricent LTE eNodeB software -- comprising of the PHY, MAC, RLC, PDCP, RRC, S1AP, X2AP, GTPu and SCTP stacks, are key components for building LTE Femtocells, Pico and Macro eNodeB basestations. The Aricent LTE eNodeB Framework (eNBF) integrates Layer 2 and 3 functionality into a seamless package, accelerating and simplifying development of a carrier class eNodeB solution.

This pre-optimized solution is expected to be available on the current Cavium OCTEON Plus Processor Family and the upcoming OCTEON II CN63XX processor.

In conjunction with this announcement, Aricent has also joined the Cavium PACE (Partnership to Accelerate Customer End-solutions) ecosystem.

AboveNet Launches Metro 40Gbps Service Across U.S.

AboveNet launched its new Metro 40Gbps service in all 15 of its U.S. markets, providing the highest commercially available metro transport speed. AboveNet's Metro Wave services portfolio provides high-bandwidth connectivity over dedicated fiber and equipment. These services, including the new 40Gbps capability, offer various protection options with the ability to add additional services as needed over a private, scalable technology platform.

Vodafone Reaches 303 Million Users, Accelerates Cost Reduction Measures

Vodafone Group reported Q1 2009 revenue of £41.0 billion, up 15.6% over the same period last year (pro forma up 1.3% excluding foreign exchange), and an impairment charge of £5.9 billion. The basic earnings per share 5.84 pence after impairment charges.

Some highlights from the quarterly report:

  • Europe revenue was up 13.6%; outgoing voice usage was up 9.4%

  • Africa and Central Europe revenue growth was 11.2%

  • Asia Pacific and Middle East revenue growth was 32.3%, driven by India

  • Group data revenue was up 43.7% to £3.0 billion

  • Verizon Wireless profit was up 44.7%; The Alltel acquisition creates largest US wireless operator

  • £1 billion cost reduction programme is being accelerated; over 65% of reductions are expected to be achieved in the 2010 financial year

  • Vodafone's proportionate mobile customer base was 303 million on 31-March-2009.

"These results demonstrate the impact of the early actions we took to address the current economic conditions and highlight the benefits of our geographic diversity. The business continues to generate cash strongly and we have made good progress in implementing the strategy announced in November. Data revenue grew to £3 billion for the year and our broadband and enterprise businesses continue to perform well. Our £1 billion cost reduction programme is ahead of plan and we continue to explore further ways to reduce cost. We maintain our tight focus on capital discipline and returns to shareholders," stated Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive.

NEC Employs Atheros in DoCoMo Handset with AP Tethering Mode

Atheros Communications' AP Mode technology has been incorporated into NEC's new dual-mode handset (N-06A), which is now offered by NTT DOCOMO to its FOMA customers.

This new smartphone is the first on the market that uses Atheros AP Mode technology to allow users to connect their Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and devices to the Internet without an access point (AP) present. Atheros notes that this technology significantly expands the functionality of the handset, enabling a wide array of new applications for mobile users.

AP Mode, an optional feature of the Atheros AR6002 Radio-on-Chip for Mobile (ROCm) WLAN solution, allows handsets to operate in infrastructure mode, the primary wireless connectivity framework employed in access points, routers, laptops and other WLAN devices. Infrastructure mode offers significant advantages such as greater ease of use and lower power consumption over ad-hoc mode, a legacy approach to device connectivity. In infrastructure mode, the handset behaves like a typical AP, providing seamless connectivity to any WLAN-enabled client device without user intervention, whereas ad-hoc requires manual configuration of devices on both ends of the link every time a connection is created. With Atheros' AP Mode, client devices function in sleep mode when not actively transmitting or receiving data packets, resulting in superior power efficiency and extended battery life.

Atheros AP Mode is capable of concurrently connecting as many as eight Wi-Fi enabled devices in an open network environment, or up to six devices in a secured network. The clients connect to the mobile handset in AP Mode in the same way they would to a WLAN AP or router. Atheros AP Mode serves handsets and has also been introduced in new products such as wireless travel modems.

RMI Unleashes Superscalar Multi-Core Processor

RMI Corporation unveiled its next generation, superscalar "XLP" Processor. The device utilizes a MIPS64 compatible superscalar, simultaneously multi-threaded processor core with out-of-order processing capabilities. The newly designed core operates at greater than 2.0 GHz and is optimized for both data plane and control plane processing. The XLP Processor family is developed on a 40nm process technology.

RMI said the new EC4400 Processor Core contained in the XLP Processor maintains the multi-threading capability that is field proven to provide the highest possible performance for throughput oriented data plane processing. In order to demonstrate similar leadership in single context control plane processing, RMI designed the EC4400 Core as a superscalar engine with out-of-order execution capabilities. This combination of quad-issue and simultaneous 4-way multi-threading within each core enables new classes of systems with non-compromised combined data plane and control plane performance with a single chip solution.

Each of the four hardware threads ("VirtuCores") embedded in the EC4400 Core appears to software as a completely separate processing element, enabling extremely flexible software architectures that simultaneously simplify the software development while increasing the overall system performance.

The RMI XLP832 Processor is a highly-scalable Super System-on-Chip ("SuperSoC") device incorporating key functions of a high-end communication system, including wired and wireless security, networking, storage, data center acceleration, load balancing, as well as a host of other acceleration engines enabling application in a large variety of market segments.

XLP Processor Family Features:

  • Up to Eight EC4400 Processor cores operating at 500 MHz up to greater than 2.0 GHz

  • High-Performance Memory Subsystem

  • Tri-Level Processor Cache Architecture with 12Mbytes of on-chip cache

  • Interchip Interface providing cache coherent scalability for up to 4 XLP devices

  • RMI's patented Enhanced Fast Messaging Network (FMN v2.0)

  • Autonomous Acceleration Engines that operate independently from CPUs completely offloading operation

  • 40 Gbps bandwidth Autonomous Security Acceleration Engine supporting networking, wireless and storage encryption acceleration

The XLP832 scales to support quad-chip configurations with greater than 100Gbps throughput capabilities. The XLP Processor family will also include single core offerings that provide new performance per watt leadership solutions in lower-end applications such as broadband access gateways, wireless LAN access points, secure wireless routers, entry level NAS and NVR devices and Office Automation.

RMI will also offer various XLP family members employing 2 to 6 EC4400 Cores to provide optimal solutions for mid-range applications such as wireless base stations, Enterprise security appliances, cloud computing, data center offload, etc.

At the higher end, RMI's 8 core XLP832 offering provides a single chip 40Gbps class solution with quad chip configurations scaling to support application solutions requiring more than 100 Gbps of throughput.

Cavalier Launches VPLS in Eastern U.S. Markets

Cavalier, a competitive operator serving markets throughout the eastern United States, announced its Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS). Cavalier's VPLS combines the simplicity of Ethernet with the intelligence of IP and the inherent security of MPLS in Cavalier's core fiber network. VPLS is a Layer 2 Ethernet service that allows customers' geographically dispersed LANs to be meshed into a single-bridged Ethernet LAN, so all sites appear on the same network.

Key characteristics include:

  • Predictable service levels -- Priority data must be delivered in a reliable and timely manner. VPLS offers flexible traffic flow planning using standard classes of service, providing end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) for mission critical applications such as transaction processing, voice and video.

  • Security -- Customers' VPLS traffic is completely contained within a dedicated Layer 2 switch domain with all routing done on the customers' equipment.

  • High availability -- VPLS ensures the availability and transmission of all applications. The service is fully meshed, using MPLS in the core network to achieve the fastest possible convergence time.

  • Scalability -- Customers can quickly adapt to changing bandwidth and business requirements. Services grow easily without labor-intensive configuration changes.

  • Flexibility -- Set up only one connection per site -- no matter how many locations or services are being used. Customers can combine voice and multiple data applications onto their choice of network access options, including T1, Ethernet Express, DS3, SONET and Gigabit Ethernet.

Cisco Targets Mobile Workspace Collaboration

Cisco is announcing "Collaboration in Motion" -- a program that integrates products and services from the Cisco WebEx, Cisco Unified Communications, Cisco Unified Wireless Network and Cisco Advanced Services product lines to bring the collaborative experience to the mobile workspace.

As part of Collaboration in Motion, Cisco has focused on new products and services in five areas:

Workspace Experience: Cisco is expanding its strategy to deliver network services to an ever-expanding number of devices while simplifying the way these devices connect to the wireless network.

  • Cisco WebEx Meeting Center version 1.2 application on the iPhone is available for free as a download from Apple's Apps Store. Version 1.2 expands the award-winning application and allows the host to schedule meetings and invite attendees before and during the meeting using the intuitive iPhone.

  • Cisco is evolving the Cisco Compatible Extensions Program to meet the needs of a changing device landscape. The new Cisco Compatible Extension Services program modularizes features into four services -- foundation, management, collaboration and context-aware, allowing device manufacturers to select the most relevant service for a specific device. A broad ecosystem of silicon vendors and device manufacturers support the program evolution, including AeroScout, Atheros, Broadcom, Ekahau, Intel, Intermec, Polycom, Redpine Signals, Summit Data Communications and Texas Instruments.

Wireless Network Platform: As the leader in next-generation 802.11n wireless technology, Cisco is delivering a complete 802.11n solution that incorporates access points, controllers and management, and the ability to expose network information and services through an open API.

  • The new Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is optimized for 802.11n networks. Independent testing validates the platform's ability to deliver video and rich media collaborative applications at scale with up to a 1,000 percent performance increase compared with earlier generations of wireless controllers.

  • The new Cisco OfficeExtend solution complements the Cisco Virtual Office portfolio of teleworking solutions. It extends the corporate wireless network to remote locations, delivering wireless data, voice and video services to mobile employees.

  • The new Cisco Aironet 1524 Mesh Access Point delivers added scalability to extend wireless coverage across a variety of indoor and outdoor workspaces.

  • The new Cisco 3310 Mobility Services Engine is smart-sized for small to medium-sized businesses, supporting existing mobility services, including Context-Aware and Adaptive Wireless IPS, and interfaces via an open API to enable third-party mobility applications.

Third-Party Applications: Cisco is bringing network-specific information to business applications through an open API. New applications are being announced for network assurance, PCI Compliance, and wireless video surveillance.

  • Network assurance solutions integrate location information from the Cisco Mobility Services Engine with security and network performance correlation engines to identify and resolve security and network performance events faster. ArcSight, NetScout Systems and RSA (The Security Division of EMC) are each announcing new capabilities using the Cisco Mobility Services Engine to deliver these network assurance solutions to their customers.

  • Technology Partners: Cisco is introducing a new cross-technology developer community called the Cisco Developer Network to enable technology partners to create applications that leverage the network platform.

  • The new Cisco Developer Network Program for Mobility is a community created to simplify solution development and increase the speed with which Cisco and its partners can deliver mobility solutions to market. Solution verification gives customers the confidence that solutions have been pre-integrated and validated to work with the Cisco Unified Wireless Network. AeroScout, Atheros, Intermec and Pelco join a growing ecosystem of more than 20 solution partners under the Cisco Developer Network Program for Mobility.

Professional Services: Cisco is introducing advanced professional services to assist customers in the design and deployment of wireless networks to accelerate return on investment and reduce total cost of ownership.

  • As customers seek to migrate from legacy wireless networks to high-performance 802.11n networks, Cisco Professional Services, together with Cisco channel partners, offer expertise to help facilitate the design, deployment and optimization of next-generation wireless networks that enable collaboration through mobility services.

  • The 802.11n Readiness Assessment Service helps customers evaluate the current state of devices and existing enterprise networks to align business objectives with architectures in advance of deploying a Wi-Fi network.

  • The Mobility Services Readiness Assessment Service helps customers evaluate real-time collaboration applications like voice and video and provides recommendations to help ensure that the experience is optimized across the wireless network.

  • Planning and Design Services evaluate the physical characteristics of the deployment to help customers ensure coverage and security in their particular environment.

CEVA and Aricent Demo LTE PHY Platform for Handsets

CEVA, , a leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores, and Aricent have developed a licensable IP platform for LTE baseband terminals. The design, which is based on a CEVA DSP core, was shown at this week's LTE World Summit 2009 in Berlin running several LTE physical layer functions purely in software.

CEVA's industry leading DSP cores power many of the world's leading cellular baseband handset solutions through its broad customer base including Infineon, ST-Ericsson, Broadcom, Spreadtrum and VIA Telecom, among others. To date, more than 450 million CEVA-powered handsets have shipped.

Addressing next generation LTE terminal and infrastructure markets, the CEVA-X1641 and CEVA-XC DSPs have been specifically architected to overcome the stringent power consumption, time-to-market and cost constraints associated with developing high performance WiMAX, LTE and SDR wireless communications processors. CEVA has multiple licensees today developing LTE handset and infrastructure solutions based on CEVA DSP cores.

Aricent's modular implementation of the LTE Category 3 UE PHY provides building blocks that offer the flexibility to implement an LTE PHY using the most appropriate architecture for the target silicon. The modular format also allows replacing key processing modules (FFT, DFT, FEC, etc) with accelerators enabling power savings, while fully leveraging the processor architecture. Customers can select and optimize low-level functional modules or choose complete chains PUSCH or PRACH. The Aricent LTE PHY also offers configuration flexibility between the different channel bandwidth ranging from 1.4 to 20 MHz.

Exalt Announces GigE Point-to-Point 4.5 GHz Microwave Radios

Exalt Communications introduced its EX-4.5r Series GigE radio systems designed for the high throughput, reliability and security requirements of U.S. Federal government agencies and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 4.5 GHz band license holders.

Exalt said its EX-4.5r Series systems support deployments in difficult RF environments and geographies across a broad range of applications, including battlefield communications, border security, video surveillance, mobile command and control and homeland security.

The EX-4.5r Series GigE radio systems are built using the company's innovative universal product platform, which supports native TDM and native Gigabit Ethernet transport with up to 440 Mbps of aggregate capacity at distances far greater than high-capacity millimeter wave radios, including E-band systems. The Exalt systems provide 500 MHz of spectrum coverage with 1 MHz frequency tuning, variable channel bandwidth and modulation, and exceptional interference rejection under extreme weather conditions and in the harshest of RF environments.

'Nowhere is the requirement for highly reliable, robust wireless infrastructure more crucial than in the support of military missions and homeland security operations," said Amir Zoufonoun, president and CEO of Exalt Communications. 'As a result, we designed our highly robust and secure 4.5 GHz GigE radio systems specifically for federal agencies and NATO organizations that build and operate high-capacity, mission-critical long range networks."

The Exalt EX-4.5r Series GigE radio systems are available with integrated or external antennas.

All Exalt radio systems -- licensed and license-exempt -- are carrier-class systems offering

Arista Debuts its 48-Port 10GBASE-T Switches

Arista Networks, a start-up based in Menlo Park, California, introduced its high density 10GBASE-T switches in a 1U form factor. The Arista 7100T layer 2/3 switches include 24 and 48-port models. Each model offers auto-negotiating 1/10GBASE-T ports with standard RJ-45 connectors and SFP+ uplink ports.

Arista is targeting copper-based 10GbE switching for data center server access. The new 7100T switches offer backwards compatibility with standard Gigabit Ethernet cabling and investment protection as customers migrate from Gigabit to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

"As customers consolidate servers across their datacenter, the demand for networking bandwidth grows tremendously," said Andy Bechtolsheim, Chief Development Officer at Arista. "The new high-density 7100 Series 10GBASE-T switches are ideal for server connections since they enable a seamless transition from 1 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet without requiring new cabling."

The Arista 7100T switches support 10GBASE-T over Category 6a cabling up to 100m, but also support Category 5e and Category 6 cabling with distances up to 55m. This allows for investment protection with existing cabling plants.

With Arista 7100T switches and 10GBASE-T adapters from companies such as Intel, high-speed server connectivity once reserved for costly, proprietary technologies such as High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters and grid-based computing can now be achieved with standardized connectivity options in datacenters of all sizes.

The Arista 7100T switches are currently in field trials. Production units will be available in Q3'09.
  • In October 2008, Arista Networks (formerly known as Arastra), a start-up based in Menlo Park, California, announced the appointment of Jayshree Ullal as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Andreas Bechtolsheim as Chief Development Officer and Chairman.

    Jayshree Ullal was previously Senior Vice President of Cisco Systems, responsible for the company's Datacenter, Switching and Services Group.

Broadcom Unveils Switching Fabric for the Network Core

Broadcom announced its new XGS Core switch fabric for use in a new class of low power, high density, highly reliable Ethernet switches for data center, enterprise and service provider networks.

The XGS Core fabric architecture connects seamlessly with Broadcom's StrataXGS switch silicon and software, enabling networking OEMs to bring a new generation of high performance modular Ethernet platforms to market with substantially lower development costs and significantly faster time-to-revenue. Currently, network equipment vendors typically develop their own custom ASICs and employ FPGAs for building core networking gear.

The Broadcom XGS Core fabric solution consists of three new product series: a high performance traffic manager and fabric interface (BCM88200 series), a scalable switch fabric (BCM88100 series) and a high density buffer manager (BCM56900 series).

The Broadcom BCM88200 series of non-blocking, fabric interface and traffic manager devices support up to 80 Gbps of full duplex bandwidth per device. The BCM88200 series:

  • Provides deep packet buffering using standard, low cost DDR3 DRAM memory for a substantial cost savings over specialized memories traditionally used for packet buffering;

  • Delivers a highly integrated solution, eliminating the need for costly external components, therefore, lowering overall system cost and power, and increasing line card densities; and

  • Integrates Broadcom's serializer/deserialzer (SerDes) technology for fabric connectivity that runs up to 6.56 Gbps per link, simplifying backplane designs for higher density and lower power systems.

The Broadcom BCM88100 series of scalable switch fabric devices support an industry leading 1.2 Terabits per second (Tbps) bandwidth per device enabling a non-blocking, Virtual Output Queued (VOQ) fabric that can scale to over 20 Tbps of overall fabric capacity. Using an advanced global scheduling architecture, the BCM88100 series delivers high fabric efficiency, guaranteed latency and deterministic Quality of Service (QoS) enabling a network architecture for virtualized data center, enterprise and service provider designs. Additionally, the BCM88100 series:

  • Integrates built-in scheduling support for 40 GbE and 100 GbE flows to future proof next generation chassis designs;

  • Provides a bufferless crossbar fabric that dissipates substantially less power than traditional buffered crossbars; and

  • Supports hardware-based fault detection and failover that is more than one thousand times faster than traditional approaches.

The Broadcom BCM56900 series of deep buffer managers support up to 80 Gbps of full duplex bandwidth and connect seamlessly within existing StrataXGS stackable and chassis architectures. With eight high speed HiGig) interfaces and low cost, external DRAM for deep buffering, the BCM56900 series integrates easily within StrataXGS fabric or stackable designs. This allows Broadcom customers with existing StrataXGS designs to quickly drop-in the BCM56900 series of products to add deep buffering in a very dense form factor to improve traffic performance during periods of heavy congestion.

The Broadcom BCM88100 switch fabric series is in production. The BCM88200 series of fabric interface and traffic managers and the BCM56900 series of buffer managers are now sampling.

Alvarion Introduces Point-to-Point Radio for 4.9 GHz

Alvarion introduced its BreezeNET B300 high capacity, point-to-point backhaul solution covering the 4.9 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The software configurable BreezeNET B300 enables aggregated net throughput of up to 250 Mbps and is aimed at high bandwidth LOS (line-of-sight) and NLOS (non-line-of-sight) applications

FiberNet Telecom Group Selects Ekinops 360 Optical Transport

FiberNet Telecom Group has chosen the Ekinops 360 multi-reach optical transport system

for the deployment of 10G and Gigabit Ethernet services in the New York/New Jersey region and in Los Angeles. Density, reliability and ease of management were cited as reasons FiberNet chose the Ekinops 360 platform.

Two New Specifications for Near Field, Peer-to-Peer Device Communication

The NFC Forum, which promotes the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, released two candidate specifications that further the integration, implementation and standards interpretation of NFC technology.

The NFC Digital Protocol specification addresses the digital protocol for NFC-enabled device communication, providing an implementation specification on top of the ISO/IEC 18092 and ISO/IEC 14443 standards. It harmonizes the integrated technologies, specifies implementation options and limits the interpretation of the standards; in essence, showing developers how to use NFC, ISO/IEC 14443 and JIS X6319-4 standards together to ensure global interoperability between different NFC devices, and between NFC devices and existing contactless infrastructure.

The NFC Logical Link Control Protocol (LLCP) specification defines an OSI layer-2 protocol to support peer-to-peer communication between two NFC-enabled devices. This is essential for any NFC applications that involve bi-directional communications. The specification defines two service types, connectionless and connection-oriented, organized into three link service classes: connectionless service only; connection-oriented service only; and both connectionless and connection-oriented service. The connectionless service offers minimal setup with no reliability or flow-control guarantees (deferring these issues to applications and to the reliability guarantees offered by ISO/IEC 18092 and ISO/IEC 14443 MAC layers). The connection-oriented service adds in-order, reliable delivery, flow-control, and session-based service layer multiplexing.

LLCP is a compact protocol, based on the industry standard IEEE 802.2, designed to support either small applications with limited data transport requirements, such as minor file transfers, or network protocols, such as OBEX and TCP/IP, which in turn provide a more robust service environment for applications.

Picometrix to Deliver 40G Optical Receivers

Picometrix signed an agreement with an industry leading manufacturer of optical subsystems to supply 40G balanced optical receivers to be incorporated into the customer's next generation transponders to support long-haul telecommunication networks. As part of Picometrix's increasing market share in line-side 40G optical receivers, the company expects annual revenues from this agreement in excess of $1 million in the current fiscal year (FY2010).

"Even in these challenging economic times, the demand for bandwidth is still increasing at a rapid rate driven by bandwidth intensive video applications, such as IP-HDTV," says Robin Risser, president and general manager of Picometrix.

Oracle Introduces Smart Grid Software

Oracle introduced software designed to support utilities as they migrate toward a complete smart grid build out that leverages advances in IT, communications technology and energy technology.

Oracle is working to address the two sides of the smart grid paradigm - allowing utilities to choose how to manage their operations and provide information to consumers to enable them to make better energy usage decisions.

The software unifies information from various segments of the Smart Grid network, including service delivery, customer interaction and consumer energy usage. Components of Oracle Fusion Middleware underlie these applications with processes that help integrate and manage large meter data batch files with Oracle Data Integrator or automate meter and sensor data filtering and front-end processing using Oracle Complex Event Processing.

Broadcom Accelerates Enterprise 802.11n Networks

Broadcom introduced a unified silicon and software solution for 802.11n enterprise wireless networks that combines wireless LAN (WLAN) silicon, switch silicon and networking software.

Broadcom said its 802.11n enterprise solution enables seamless mobility around the office while delivering the same network management, scalability, security, performance and cost advantages of a wired network.

Most enterprise wireless networks have been grafted onto an existing wired network using an overlay approach in which all WLAN traffic is tunneled to a centralized access controller where it is de-encapsulated and authenticated before entering the wired network. While this approach is workable for 802.11a/b/g networks, it creates bottlenecks in higher bandwidth 802.11n networks because it treats wireless as a special service running over the network rather than an inherent feature of the network itself.

Broadcom's solution includes several new products: the Broadcom BCM56520 unified wireless switch, the Intensi-fi BCM4748 802.11n access point (AP) system-on-a-chip (SoC) with Accelerange technology, and FASTPATH Unified Wireless Switching (UWS) 6.0 software optimized for unified wireless switching and unified wireless APs.

"While 802.11n improves Wi-Fi performance and expands wireless connectivity into new applications, it requires a new unified network architecture to avoid inefficiencies and traffic bottlenecks," said Martin Lund, Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Networking Switching Business Unit. "Our expertise in wired and wireless networks makes us uniquely positioned to address this challenge. Not only are we the first to develop the silicon building blocks necessary for a unified network architecture, we are also the only vendor with software specifically designed to support it. With a unified wireless network, all of the performance, scalability and expense benefits of the traditional wired network are now available to support wireless traffic."

Sprint's Palm Pre Launch Set for June 6

Sprint will launch its highly anticipated Palm Pre phone nationwide on June 6. The Palm Pre, which is offered exclusively from Sprint in the U.S., is priced at $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate. The mobile phone boasts a new webOS platform that introduces "Palm Synergy", a key feature that brings together personal and professional calendar, contacts and e-mail into one centralized view.

"Pre is truly a new phone for a new web-centric age," said Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief executive officer. "We're a mobile society, and we want our people, calendars and information to move with us. With Pre's exquisite design and the unique webOS software, running on Sprint's fast broadband network, we're changing the perception of what a wireless phone can be."

Verizon Business Rolls Out IP Enhancements for Mid-Market Customers

Verizon Business introduced new integrated service packages designed specifically for the mid-market that combine the company's advanced wireline and wireless voice and data capabilities with security and network management. The service packages -- called BizPaks -- are ideally suited to customers operating from a single location.

The company's VoIP BizPak bundles Voice over IP with Internet Dedicated Access, Dedicated Toll Free and Managed Email Content services with the company's robust equipment offerings. Managed installation is included to ensure a smooth IP deployment.

The VoIP BizPak bundle is also offered with Verizon IP Integrated Access, a premises-based solution for mid-market customers who want to carry voice and data over the same connection while retaining their current phone system.

Customers wanting all the features of an IP PBX without the associated capital and maintenance costs can choose Hosted IP Centrex a network-based solution in which all IP PBX functionality resides within the Verizon Business network. Hosted IP Centrex -- a complete turnkey solution that features design, installation and ongoing maintenance for a low monthly fee -- is ideal for customers moving to or establishing a new location, or who are looking to replace their outdated legacy system.

For customers not yet ready to make the move to IP communications, Verizon Business' PRI (Primary Rate ISDN) BizPak bundles Verizon ISDN with Internet Dedicated Access and local and long-distance calling plans.

Customers seeking wireless access to the Verizon Private IP network now are able to do so through the Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband EV-DO Rev. A data network.

Additionally, Verizon Business has enhanced its offerings for multi-site customers with Verizon Private IP, an MPLS-based virtual private network (VPN) service. Those customers now are able to access their Private IP network via the Verizon Wireless EV-DO Rev. A. 3G broadband data network.