Sunday, June 21, 2009

Telefónica O2 Germany to Deploy Ericsson's IMS Core

Telefónica O2 Germany has selected Ericsson to supply an IMS core system with an IMS-based VoIP application server. These two contracts include hardware deployment and software systems integration services. The deployment will enable O2 in Germany to migrate its existing fixed and mobile systems into a converged IP-based Next-generation network (NGN).

Ericsson will also integrate in Germany O2's VoIP application server using IMS, making services such as IP Centrex, business trunking or presence functionality available to all fixed and mobile users. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Belkin Introduces Gigabit Powerline Kit

Belkin introduced new Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit adapters for creating an HD entertainment network through existing electrical wiring inside a home. Belkin's Gigabit Powerline adapters, which leverage Gigle Semiconductor's mediaxtream chip, claims top speeds of 1000 Mbps compared with the current fastest powerline technology running at 200 Mbps.

The Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit has a retail price of $150., including one single-port Adapter for a gaming console, HDTV, or a computer and another single-port Adapter to plug into a router. Adding a third (or more) Belkin Powerline Adapter enables Gigle's xtendnet feature that provides increasing networking stability and performance by creating a transparent mesh network. The units are compatible with HomePlug AV products.

COLT Deploys Infinera for Pan-European Network

COLT, a leading European provider of business communications, has deployed an Infinera Digital Optical Network for its pan-European network. COLT operates a 13-country, 25,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 34 major European cities with direct fiber connections into 16,000 buildings and 18 COLT data centres. The first phase of COLT's Infinera network connects major cities in eight countries in the business heart of Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy.

Infinera said the first phase of the COLT network was deployed in just three months, significantly faster than the time required by a traditional DWDM network. Based on Infinera's large-scale photonic integrated circuits, the Infinera DTN optical system uses fewer line cards and fewer cables, simplifying and speeding up the initial deployment process. In addition, Infinera's GMPLS-powered IQ network operating system supports rapid deployment with intelligent features like automatic recognition and inventorying of network assets.

XO Supplies 10GigE for Utah's XMission

XO Communications is supplying Gigabit Ethernet (10 GigE) IP transit services to XMission, a leasing ISP in Utah. By increasing its network capacity from 13 Gbps to 22 Gbps, XMission will be better positioned to support the demands of higher-bandwidth customers and IP traffic growth across its network.

XO Launches Multi-Modal Mass Notification Service

XO Communications has joined with Blackboard Inc. to launch a multi-modal mass communication service for the commercial market.

XO Connect enables businesses and large enterprises to communicate vital information to thousands of individuals instantly and simultaneously during times of crisis -- such as hurricanes, tornados, and other weather-related events. It could also be used for day-to-day business operations, including conferences, sales meetings and managing remote employees. Messages are sent using voice, email and text messages to virtually any device.

Because XO Connect is a Software as a Service (SaaS) application, there is no capital investment in hardware or software required. In addition, XO Connect offers unlimited messaging at an annual subscription fee per employee.

GigOptix Enables Sub 1W for 120 Gbps Parallel Optics Links

GigOptix reported error-free 10 Gbps optical links over 100m of multi-mode fiber (MMF) operating with less than 81mW per channel or 8mW/Gb/s. These links used ‘off the shelf' 850 nm O/E components and GigOptix's HXT/R4 series of multichannel VCSEL driver and receiver arrays with a single power supply.

GigOptix said this technology demonstration represents a major step in parallel optics solutions as it will enable 12 channel links used in SNAP12, CXP, for and 100GBASE-SR10 standards to achieve sub 1W power dissipation.

Commercially available 12 channel parallel optics modules operating at 6.25Gb/s per channel offer an aggregate bandwidth of 75 Gbps with power consumption of 53mW/Gbps or in the range of 300mW per channel. GigOptix 10 Gbps solution offers 120 Gbps and results demonstrate more than 6 x improvement over the previous generations with a single power supply.

ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 Cites Momentum in Tier 3 Market

ADTRAN reports growing sales momentum in the Tier 3 market with its Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP).

The platform supports GPON, bonded ADSL2+, and VDSL2 for multi-play service delivery.

"We are firmly focused and committed to the Tier 3 market," said P. Steven Locke, vice president of sales, service providers, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. "ADTRAN's comprehensive portfolio includes a broad range of solutions for Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) and Broadband DLC. These solutions are critical to the Tier 3 market as providers strengthen their service offerings and migrate to next-generation networks. We are seeing significant growth in fiber and broadband penetration within the Tier 3 space and the Total Access 5000 is a perfect fit for them."

Freescale Refines its Embedded Ethernet Solution

Freescale Semiconductor is redefining embedded Ethernet design with a new platform that combines a 32-bit ColdFire V1 microcontroller (MCU) with a complimentary operating system and application software solution and modular development hardware. The combined hardware/software aims to accelerate time-to-market for industrial applications.

Freescale's ultimate Ethernet connectivity solution features the MCF51CN ColdFire V1 MCU, complimentary Freescale MQX real-time operating system (RTOS) and TCP/IP software stacks, and the Tower System, a cost-effective, open-source demonstration and evaluation platform with a library of interchangeable board modules. The combined solution gives developers an easily customizable, expandable design environment that can expedite development time through rapid prototyping and tool reuse.

KDDI Deploys Starent Gateway for Wi-Fi over Broadband

Japan's KDDI is deploying Starent Networks' Security Gateway to provide Wi-Fi service for their growing subscriber base. KDDI's ‘Wi-Fi WIN' service provides secure and easy Internet access for cellular handsets, via wireless LAN and fixed broadband lines.

Starent's Security Gateway provides KDDI with a secure entry point into their core network. This function leverages the high-performance and distributed architecture capabilities of Starent Networks' market leading ST40 multimedia core platform. Additionally, with Starent's Home Agent (HA) in the network, KDDI subscribers can benefit from service experiences as they roam between un-secure Wi-Fi networks and secure EV-DO networks.

Mellanox Announces 648-Port Modular 40 Gbps InfiniBand Switch

Mellanox Technologies announced the immediate availability of its IS5000 40 Gbps InfiniBand switch system featuring scalability from 36 to 648 ports in a single enclosure. Leveraging Mellanox's 4th generation of InfiniBand silicon, the Mellanox IS5000 systems provide 2.9 to 51.8 Tb/s of non-blocking bandwidth across 648 ports and can be used to build networks consisting of tens of thousands of servers and storage nodes. FabricIT fabric management reduces management overhead by providing the essential capabilities for managing systems at scale with simplicity and flexibility.

Mellanox ConnectX adapters provide hardware-accelerated server virtualization and support TCP/IP and Fibre Channel traffic across the InfiniBand network. Mellanox BridgeX gateways enable seamless connectivity to clients on the LAN and to SAN storage. With ConnectX and BridgeX, the IS5000 switch system family provides I/O consolidation for data center and high-performance computing environments.

Voltaire Releases Massive 40 Gbps InfiniBand Director Switch

Voltaire announced the general availability of its Grid Director 4700, a 40 Gbps InfiniBand director switch featuring a choice of 324 or 648 ports.

Double-density fabric boards are the basis for Voltaire's "HyperScale" architecture. Using Grid Director 4700 switches with HyperScale architecture, a customer can build a 1,296 node supercomputer. The company said its fabric delivers 20% lower latency than alternative solutions while consuming 50% fewer switch ports, 40% fewer cables and 33% less power and rack-space.

The 19U high Grid Director 4700 has less than 300 nanosecond port-to-port latency to accelerate performance of applications running on server and storage scale-out fabrics. The switch runs a smart distributed software architecture that delivers the best signal quality, enhanced performance optimization, and better resiliency, which are all key challenges in large-scale deployments. Moreover, its low 6.5-watts-per-port power consumption makes the switch a greener choice for energy-efficient data centers.

Open Patent Alliance Issues Call for WiMAX Patents

The Open Patent Alliance (OPA), a group dedicated to offering intellectual property rights (IPR) solutions that support the development and widespread adoption of WiMAX, today announced a call for patents, with the intention of creating a patent pool of essential WiMAX patents. The OPA has selected Via Licensing Corporation to facilitate the formation and administration of the pool on behalf of the OPA.

OPA said an independent third-party reviewer or "patent evaluator" will evaluate submitted patents to determine whether or not they are essential. Any entity that believes it has patents or pending patent applications that are essential to WiMAX is invited to contact Via Licensing to receive information about how to submit patents for essentiality review by the independent patent evaluator.

"Today's patent call is a major milestone in our quest to create an innovative and truly open WiMAX ecosystem," said OPA President Yung Hahn. "Through the patent pool approach, not only will the OPA be able to drive down the costs of adopting WiMAX, we will be able to create a more predictable cost structure that can be accessed by infrastructure vendors, device manufacturers and application developers worldwide."

OPA members include Acer, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Cisco, Clearwire, Huawei Technologies, Intel Corporation, and Samsung Electronics, as well as newly announced associate members Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Sequans, and UQ Communications, underscoring broad 4G ecosystem support - from semiconductors to consumer devices to service providers.

New National WiMAX Operator in Russia Gets Funding

Icon Private Equity, one of the largest investment funds in Russia, announced plans to invest $200 million into the development of a new national WiMAX operator. New networks will be deployed in the "digital divide" regions, where broadband internet availability is presently insufficient. The fund plans to launch the operator's commercial services by October 2009 and intends to cover a population of 20 million by the end of 2009. The service will be offered to both individual subscribers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The operator company will capitalize on both the growth of internet usage in Russia's regions, and its ability to bring to market easy-to-use WiMAX wireless products - similar in price and quality to fixed-line products.

Icon said this investment is a part of its broader strategy of becoming the major WiMAX operator across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a strategy that has already seen the group invest $100 million in UHT, a WiMAX operator in Ukraine.

Huawei Technologies Ltd was awarded a contract for supply of the equipment for the new network. Additional funding for network deployment will be provided in a form of loans from China's leading financial institutions.

NETGEAR Offers 24 TB Network Storage for SMBs

NETGEAR introduced its new ReadyNAS 3200 -- a 2U 12-bay unified storage platform that provides up to 24 terabytes in a single system. The unit offers high-end features such as redundant power supplies and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports at an SMB price point.

NETGEAR is offering an embedded "ReadyNAS Vault" service delivers an optional cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services for as little as $.25/GB/month.

Level 3 Signs $200 Million Debt Exchange Agreement

Level 3 Communications signed an exchange agreement with an institutional investor to exchange a combination of cash and a new issue of the company's 7% Convertible Senior Notes due March 15, 2015 (the "Notes") for a portion of the Company's existing 6% Convertible Subordinated Notes due 2010 and its 2.875% Convertible Senior Notes due 2010 held by the investor on behalf of its client accounts.

Level 3 now has, after the close of today's announced transaction and excluding capital leases, approximately $60 million of debt due in 2009, approximately $181 million of debt due in 2010, approximately $505 million of debt due in 2011 and approximately $306 million of debt due in 2012

Apple Sells Over One Million iPhone 3GS in 3 Days

Apple sold over one million iPhone 3GS models through Sunday, June 21, the third day after its launch. In addition, six million customers have downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software in the first five days since its release.