Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Arbor Analyzes Iranian Traffic Engineering Post Election

Arbor Networks reported that Internet traffic for the state owned Data communication Company of Iran (or DCI), which acts as the gateway for all Internet traffic entering or leaving the country, dropped to a stand-still one the day after the elections on June 13th at 1:30pm GMT (9:30am EDT and 6:00pm Tehran / IRDT). All six regional and global providers connecting Iran to the rest of the world saw a near complete loss of traffic.

While other countries (e.g. Burma in 2007) completely unplugged the country during political unrest, Iran has taken a decidedly different tact.

In normal times, DCI carries roughly 5 Gbps of traffic (with a reported capacity of 12 Gbps) through 6 upstream regional and global Internet providers. For the region, this represents an average level of Internet infrastructure (for purposes of perspective, a mid size ISP in Michigan carries roughly the same level of traffic).

Within a few hours of the cut-off, a trickle of traffic returned across TeliaSonera, Reliance and SingTel -- all well under 1 Gbps. Further analysis is online.

CopperGate Milestone: 10 Million HomePNA Chips Shipped

CopperGate Communications announced a company milestone: over 10 million HomePNA chipsets shipped.

CopperGate HomePNA chips convert existing home wiring into usable Ethernet over coax and phone networks. They are deployed by more than 40 telecommunications, cable, and satellite companies as key components of their home entertainment offerings to consumers.

"This significant milestone of 10 million chips demonstrates the growing demand for our technology, which helps service providers lower both capital and operating expenses substantially when deploying IPTV, broadband access for MDU, and triple play services,," explained Gabi Hilevitz, CEO, CopperGate Communications.

Recently, CopperGate introduced its latest chipset, the CG3210M for multi-dwelling units (MDU) and hospitality applications. This product exhibits 190 Mbps performance and supports a large variety of digital IP based services over the existing coax plant in MDU buildings.

NSN and Vodafone Open R&D Center in Madrid

Nokia Siemens Networks and Vodafone have set up a joint research center in Madrid.

The Nokia Siemens Networks Innovation Center (NICE) will work closely with the Vodafone Access Networks Centre of Competence to conduct joint research in radio technologies, and also develop and showcase proof of concepts for new network features.

HP and Alcatel-Lucent Form Global Alliance for Integrated IT/Telecom Solutions

HP and Alcatel-Lucent announced a 10-year global alliance to help customers leverage the convergence of telecommunication and IT. Once the definitive agreement has been executed, the companies plan to jointly market solutions and capabilities that enable end-to-end transformation for service providers and enterprises. The companies anticipate that the partnership could generate multi-billion euros in net revenues for HP and Alcatel-Lucent over the next decade.

The companies said their goal is to transform communication networks into converged, next-generation infrastructures. As a result of this transformation, service providers will be able to efficiently deliver new, revenue-generating services. HP and Alcatel-Lucent also plan to offer services to manage the new and existing infrastructures for customers looking for flexible sourcing options.

The go-to-market initiative will target mid- and large-size enterprises and public sector organizations. Alcatel-Lucent products in areas such as IP telephony, unified communications, mobility, security and contact centers will be integrated with HP IT solutions. These joint solutions are planned to be offered to enterprises through HP resellers or as managed services.

As part of the deal, HP will transform and manage a large part of Alcatel-Lucent's IT infrastructure, taking advantage of HP technologies and experience in IT transformation. HP would be entrusted with a large part of Alcatel-Lucent's IT operations. HP has been selected for its advanced data center technologies and its managed services leadership.

For its next generation platform architecture, Alcatel-Lucent will leverage HP IT and telecom technologies as well as HP supply chain efficiencies. The solutions will be based on common technologies for carrier-grade and IT applications. This approach will help service providers exploit the advantages of standards-based server, processor and operating system technologies.

"We expect customers will be able to create new business opportunities and greater efficiencies from this alliance," said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "By combining our deep expertise in IT and communications, HP and Alcatel-Lucent will help customers transform their technology needs into a competitive edge."

"Today's global alliance represents a major transformational deal that will deliver great benefits to our customers. IT and telecom are coming together in an unprecedented way and I am delighted to see how we can speed up innovation in our industry," said Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent chief executive officer. "I am also confident that HP will deliver Alcatel-Lucent best-in-class solutions in terms of performance and cost for our IT needs."

TIA Issues Generic Key Exchange Protocol for cdma2000

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) released a Generic Key Exchange Protocol (TIA-1081) standard for the cdma2000 High Rate Packet Data (HRPD) air interface. It provides a method for generating and exchanging Session Key between the access terminal and the access network based on a Pairwise Master Key. The Pairwise Master Key is negotiated by higher layer protocols.

Crocus Technology Develops MRAM, Signs Tower Semi for Manufacturing

Crocus Technology, a start-up with offices in Grenoble, France and Sunnyvale, California, announced a major milestone in its efforts to develop Magnetic Random Access Memory (MRAM). Tower Semiconductor will port Crocus' MRAM process technology into its CMOS manufacturing environment. As part of the exclusive agreement, Tower will perform all manufacturing steps required for Crocus' next-generation MRAM technology in its state-of-the-art 200mm Fab2 facility. Tower and Crocus will each dedicate specific equipment in Tower's factory to the manufacture of Crocus' MRAMs.

Crocus' co-founder and CEO, Jean-Pierre Braun, said MRAM is particularly suitable for telecommunication, networking, computing and handheld applications that currently use SRAM and/or flash memory technology. MRAM provides non-volatile, unlimited-write-endurance, high-density, and symmetrical high-speed read & write.

Crocus has developed a robust, reliable and scalable MRAM process based on its patented technology. It has seen improving yield and performance on its full-functionality 130nm MRAM test vehicle and is ready for the transition to commercial manufacturing. The integration into Tower's copper 130nm logic process sets the stage for bringing to market leading edge single chip memory products as well as for embedding MRAM into complex SOCs for market segments such as microcontrollers , automotive and communications.

In addition to collaborating on the process port, Tower has taken an equity position valued at $1.25 million in Crocus .

Alvarion Signs $100 Million 5-Year WiMAX Deal with Open Range

Open Range Communications, the largest Rural Utilities Service (RUS) funded deployment in the U.S., has selected Alvarion to provide radio access equipment, customer devices (CPE) and systems integration for its planned rollout spanning 17 states, 546 rural communities, and reaching up to 6 million people. Open Range aims to begin delivering its 4G services to un-served and underserved customers across rural America in the fourth quarter of this year.

The contract is valued at more than US$100 million over a five-year implementation.

In addition to selecting Alvarion for its WiMAX platform, Open Range will rely on Alvarion for the end-to-end integration of the Open Range network solution.
  • In January 2009, Open Range Communications announced an investment of $100 million from One Equity Partners (OEP), the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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  • In March 2008, the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP) approved a $267 million Broadband Access Loan for Open Range, with the prerequisite that private financing also be secured.

  • Openrange is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

JDSU Offers Centralized Remote PON Test System

JDSU introduced a centralized remote Passive Optical Network (PON) system that tests point-to-multi-point networks from the central office (CO) using a web browser. This application is a complementary application to the JDSU Optical Network Management System (ONMS) that includes point-to-point fiber monitoring and GIS based outside plant documentation.

Motorola Invests in Zephyr for Remote Physiological Monitoring

Motorola has made a strategic investment in Zephyr Technology Corporation, which specializes in remote physiological monitoring. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Zephyr said its physiological and biomechanical monitoring solutions are based on the company's patent-pending Smart Fabric technology, which combines fabric-based sensors with algorithms and electronics. These monitoring solutions can be used in a diverse range of areas including sports, defense, first responder and healthcare. Its professional-grade BioHarness system monitors conditions such heat state, dehydration or injury by measuring vital signs including heart rate, breathing rate, skin temperature, posture and activity. Using the subject's voice radio (or internal radio for short distances), the BioHarness communicates to monitoring software designed to give real-time alerts and post-event analysis.

Aircell Gains FAA Certification for Business Aviation Internet

Aircell received full FAA certification (STC and PMA) for its new High Speed Internet system in the business aviation market. Aircell confirmed that shipments have commenced three months ahead of schedule. The system's first installation has been completed by Midcoast Aviation aboard a Bombardier Challenger 605 operated by a Midwest-based flight department.

Aircell High Speed Internet system allows passengers and crews to use their own Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs, to surf the Web, send and receive e-mail with attachments, Instant Message, access their corporate VPN and much more - all in flight at full mobile broadband speeds.

The Aircell Network utilizes 3G mobile wireless technology, operating in the continental U.S. over an advanced network of ground stations and Aircell's exclusive broadband air-to-ground spectrum.

Aircell's High Speed Internet unit for business aviation (ATG 4000) weighs just 11 pounds and its two belly-mounted antennae weigh just 1.25 pounds each.

BT Readies Virtual Data Center Service Launch

BT is preparing to launch new Virtual Data Center (VDC) service for large business and public sector organizations. Based on a cloud-computing model, the VDC provides a dynamic and virtualized infrastructure platform that enables organizations to consume their IT and networking infrastructure as a service.

BT Virtual Data Center service will, uniquely in the market, be rolled-out across datacenters in multiple countries in EMEA and this will enable BT to provide true enterprise class services. BT said the second key differentiator with competitors is that it offers servers, storage, networks and security that is orchestrated and automatically provisioned through an online portal. Customers can change the infrastructure easily in real-time throughout the duration of the contract through the portal. BT customers will also be able to virtualize many of their networking and IT needs to the required service levels. By using BT's enterprise class infrastructure, BT VDC delivers to large organizations the benefits of enterprise class "cloud computing" to customers at a significant saving against a standard hosted infrastructure deployment.

As part of the BT VDC offering, customers will be able to purchase virtualized components and access them over a pre-provisioned infrastructure. Virtual server, storage, security and networking capabilities will be available, automated and orchestrated through an online portal and supported by a single service desk.

BT Global Services is planning several new service launches this year. These include:

  • BT Onevoice -- a global voice solution with a roadmap approach to Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC). BT has developed a range of services, offering advances in features, access and the very latest voice technology.

  • BT Unite -- new to the market this year, BT Unite features a range of packages that bring together the best and most-requested UCC elements from Cisco, Microsoft and IBM and delivers a fully integrated solution.

  • BT MobileXpress -- enables mobile and remote employees to access corporate networks and applications securely and reliably via fixed or wireless connections. During 2009, BT is evolving BT MobileXpress' security and remote management capabilities.

  • BT Unified Video -- featuring the latest video conferencing technologies to ensure that customers can continue to have face-to-face interaction in meetings, while cutting down on costs associated with travel.

  • BT Carbon Impact Assessment -- measures a customer's carbon footprint and energy consumption, before outlining the sustainable practices and communication technologies that can help them lower emissions, reduce costs and increase efficiency. BT has tried and tested the Carbon Impact Assessment (CIA) and was able to help one customer save an estimated GBP 30 million over five years.

  • BT Intelligent Networks -- a family of services which includes the recently launched BT Intelligent Virtual Private Network (BTiVPN), BT Etherflow and Wide Area Network Optimisation technologies.

  • BT Managed Security Services -- end-to-end security that protects customers' infrastructure from ever-evolving threats and enables compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. BT currently monitors over 335,000 devices, for almost 1000 MSSP customers around the world and provides over 300 million secure connections per day in over 1,000 cities across 70 countries. BT is investing in a new global, harmonized MSS platform which further improves the service.

  • BT Next Generation Contact Centers (NGCC) -- provides fully hosted contact center capability for customers deploying contact center services all around the world. This means that organizations can benefit from world class contact center features without the need to deploy technology at the location, enabling rapid roll out of agents and pricing on a pay as you go basis that allows extra agents to be added and then removed to staff to peak periods. For 2009, NGCC includes enhanced geographic resilience, providing 99.99 per cent availability and per minute pricing.

RADISYS and LCR Electronics Collaborate on Ruggedized ATCA

RadiSys and LCR Electronics, which specializes in rugged backplane and chassis systems and other components, are collaborating to deliver ruggedized AdvancedTCA (ATCA) platform solutions to the military, aerospace and government (MAG) market segments. The collaboration is aimed at high-performance command and control (C4ISR) and secured network appliance solutions.

Ruggedized ATCA standards-based solutions provide both reliability and high performance under extreme conditions for network appliances that require high bandwidth and high performance in aircraft, ships and ground mobile equipment.

RadiSys' Promentum ATCA products are already being deployed in a multitude of communications networks under stringent reliability environments such as NEBS. The military and aerospace environments and their respective network-centric applications are similar in nature.

LCR Electronics has developed and fielded ruggedized ATCA chassis tested to, and complying with, MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-167 specifications making them suitable for deployment in a ruggedized environment. The two companies, working together, will deliver RadiSys' Promentum building blocks in LCR Electronics' ruggedized KBWD chassis portfolio. This collaboration has already yielded an integrated system solution on two major military programs.