Monday, July 6, 2009

Nortel Ships New Release of Unified Communications Solution

Nortel released its latest Communication Server 1000 (CS 1000) featuring a number of resiliency, security and energy efficiency improvements.

Release, 6.0 includes CS 1000 provides even greater simplicity, resiliency, security, and openness. Initial results of independent comparisons of CS 1000 release 6.0 and competing products also find that the Nortel solution is up to 40 percent more energy efficient. The Communication Server 1000 is a software-based, full-featured IP PBX and the cornerstone of Nortel Enterprise unified communications solutions.

As part of release 6.0, CS 1000 offers a number of new features including greater centralization of functions that can further help enterprises to reduce the total cost of ownership of their network solution. For example, a new high-density services gateway, the Media Gateway 1010, centralizes the provision of communications services and applications to simplify operations across the network. Another component of release 6.0, the Unified Communications Management Solution manages CS 1000 as the network's UC foundation and provides a framework that allows centralized management of all converged network elements. A Linux-based software solution provides simplified diagnostics and serviceability. Release 6.0 also expands CS 1000 options for COTS platforms adding the IBM x3350 and Dell R300.

Solarflare and Bel Fuse Partner for High-Density 10GBASE-T

Solarflare Communications and Bel Fuse have qualified Bel 1X1 integrated magnetics module (MagJack) with Solarflare's 10Xpress 10GBASE-T PHY. The companies said their joint solution provides superior insertion loss, return loss and crosstalk performance across 100 meters of Category 6A UTP copper Ethernet cabling. This will enable optimal network performance and reliability on high-density 24 port 10GBASE-T switches that are forthcoming from multiple OEMs in USA and Asia.

Bel's 10GBASE-T LAN magnetics modules are offered to address the transmission standards of 10GbE data over copper LANs. Notably meeting the IEEE 802.3an requirements for operation over 100 meters on CAT6A/CAT7 cabling, the SMT series is qualified with leading IC manufacturers' 10GBASE-T transceivers. The MagJackproducts include a comprehensive line of single and multi-port RJ-45 connectors with integrated magnetics for 10/100/1000Base-T applications. All 10GbE connector products are designed to meet current performance standards including Category 6 regulations for 10 Gigabit Ethernet applications.
  • Solarflare Communications is headquartered in Irvine, California, with a development center in Cambridge, UK, and has announced relationships with Accton, Citrix, CommScope, Delta Networks Inc., Panduit, SMC Networks and VMware.

Solera Networks Appoints VP of Marketing

Solera Networks, a start-up specializing in network forensics products and services, has appointed Peter Schlampp as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. Prior to joining Solera Networks, Schlampp led product management for IronPort Systems. IronPort established the appliance-based enterprise anti-spam and anti-virus market and was purchased by Cisco in June 2007. At Cisco, he was promoted to General Manager of the Security Technology Business Unit (STBU) in India and was also responsible for global development centers in Ukraine, China and Costa Rica.

Orange Business Services Delivers IP VPN for Fairchild Semiconductor

Fairchild Semiconductor has named Orange Business Services as its primary worldwide network services provider. The three-year agreement includes a global managed IP Virtual Private Network (IP VPN), with IP voice services, network-based internet gateways, and DSL connections to Fairchild Semiconductor's smaller offices. The IP VPN connects 35 locations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, integrating data and voice connections under a single communications umbrella.

Japan's NICT Deploys Juniper Core Virtualization Solution

Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has enabled core routing virtualization across its new-generation ultra high-speed test bed research network using JGN2plus, Juniper's T1600 core routing platform and JCS 1200 control system. Juniper Networks provided NICT with the technology to build virtualized core routers, which can increase the flexibility, efficiency and performance of its network.

National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) is the sole national research institution in Japan in the information and communications field. NICT is striving to advance the fields, by promoting its own R&D centers (especially, "ICT for Safety and Security," "New Generation Networks" and "Universal Communications" fields) and by cooperating with supporting outside parties. NICT has been operating JGN2plus, its super high-speed and high performance test-bed network, since April 2008.

Juniper's T1600 multi-terabit core router enables service providers to increase network capacity in line with escalating service demands without adding incremental systems to the network so that they can speed new service deployment, deliver a superior end-user experience and maximize their existing T-series investments.
The JCS 1200 is an innovative system for scaling the control plane of routers and allowing the clean partitioning of services or network elements.

AT&T Expands TeleNav Track GPS Services

AT&T is expanding its TeleNav Track, GPS-enabled mobile resource management (MRM) service for mobile business customers, with a new TeleNav Track LITE version that provides real-time visibility of employee locations.

TeleNav Track LITE from AT&T is a tracking service that provides real-time visibility of field employee locations to improve dispatch operations and enhance customer service. It is a Web-based MRM solution that does not require software or GPS on the mobile device. The service works on the AT&T wireless network running on virtually all AT&T mobile devices, laptop cards and wireless equipped notebooks. The service will be available at the end of July.

With TeleNav Track LITE from AT&T, business managers can monitor their mobile workforce and resources with the ability to identify their current location on a map, even when inside buildings. The tracking feature is always on and cannot be disabled on the device, providing companies with a constant view into the location of all mobile resources.

Verizon Business Wins $245 Million Contract with U.S. HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an agreement worth up to $245 million to Verizon Business.

Under a new agreement through the Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS 3) contract, Verizon Business will provide the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with a comprehensive set of voice, data, collaboration and professional services As the new agreement is implemented, HHS will be able to order from Verizon Business additional services - including security software and professional services -- that could increase the value of the agreement.

The U.S. General Services Administration's WITS 3 contract, which runs through 2015, covers local telecommunications and professional services and products for federal agencies in the National Capital Region, which includes Washington, D.C., and portions of the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Verizon Business has previously provided voice and data services to the agency under the WITS2001 contract, the predecessor to WITS 3.

Parks Associates Forecasts Over 640 Million BB Households by 2013

The number of households worldwide with broadband will reach close to 650 million by 2013, according to international research firm Parks Associates. The firm's new report Broadband Services: Global Outlook warns that service providers will have to continue investing in network technologies to accommodate multiple services such as video-on-demand and converging social-networking applications.

Parks Associates reports the number of broadband households worldwide grew by over 18% in 2008 to exceed 400 million. Asia-Pacific is the largest market, accounting for over 160 million subscribers, and it will have over 49% of the global market share by 2013.

France's SFR Selects Mobile Backhaul from NSN

France's SFR has selected a radio solution from Nokia Siemens Networks to enable the migration of its mobile backhaul network to all IP architecture.

Earlier this month, SFR in collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks became the first to showcase such applications in France on a live 3G network with a 14 Mbps mobile broadband connection.

Nokia Siemens Networks' integrated IP radio access solution is a part of the Flexi Base Station platform, which supports High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and can help operators easily migrate their mobile backhaul to IP using software. This solution is also compatible with SFR's fixed broadband access technologies. Since it supports high bandwidth and low latency, it enables operators to offer a real-time multimedia experience at reduced costs.

U.N. Population Fund Moves to IP with Alcatel-Lucent, Terra Telecom

The United Nations Population Fund has selected Terra Telecom to begin deploying a new IP-based communications platform from Alcatel-Lucent to more than 140 of its offices worldwide. The modernization project will enable UNFPA to more effectively share information and build relationships with the people they serve, with local agencies and partners, and within their own organization.

"UNFPA works with governments around the world to ensure that mothers and children can access the information and services that keep them healthy, and that governments have the essential population data needed for their development plans," said Rafiodin Malikzay, Chief of UNFPA's Management Information Services. "UNFPA recognizes the important role that telecommunications play in fulfilling all these tasks," he added.

"We know that by connecting knowledge -- having access to information when and where it's needed -- organizations like the UNFPA become even more agile, responsive and effective in their work to make our world a better place," said Tom Burns, President, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and Vertical Markets. "We are pleased that Terra Telecom has chosen our solutions to help UNFPA meet the communication demands of its important mission."

Terra Telecom selected the Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX Enterprise VoIP platform. Conferencing and collaboration features are supplied by the Alcatel-Lucent OmniTouch My Teamwork solution. The installed applications meet the multiple language requirements of local and visiting users, and the system ties into the main global network and the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Terra has already deployed and brought on line the Alcatel-Lucent technology in New York; Kingston, Jamaica; Johannesburg, South Africa; Katmandu, Nepal; and Bangkok, Thailand. Projects are currently under way in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Apple Selects North Carolina for $1 Billion Data Center

Apple plans to build a massive, $1 billion data center in North Carolina to support its growing online media services. The 500,000-square-foot data center is expected to employ about 50 people and construction is slated to begin in the coming weeks.


The state of North Carolina has promised $46 million in tax and other incentives to Apple and the town of Maiden, along with Catawba County, will chip in another $7.3 million in further incentives.

Ericsson Supplies WCDMA/HSPA in the Philippines

SMART, the largest mobile operator in the Philippines, has selected Ericsson to provide a WCDMA/HSPA upgrade for its nationwide GSM network. This is the first commercially deployed HSPA network for the 850MHz band in Southeast Asia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 850MHz frequency improves the quality of the radio signals, extending coverage and enabling rapid deployment. This makes it easier to provide mobile broadband in remote areas and improves indoor coverage in urban areas.

Under the agreement, Ericsson is the main supplier of the common GSM/WCDMA/HSPA packet core-data network, including the Service Aware Charging and Control solution which allows mobile broadband fair-usage policies. Ericsson is also one of the main suppliers of the radio access network and provides SMART with services such as network design, network deployment, competence development and systems integration.

Motorola Sells FTTN Portfolio, Focuses on FTTP

Motorola has sold its Fiber-to-the-Node (FTTN) product family to Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI), a full-service, global engineering, repair and logistics company, for an undisclosed sum.

Motorola's FTTN product line was first made available in 1998. As a pioneering ‘triple-play' solution, the Multi-Service Access Platform (MSAP) platform is credited with being the first widely deployed video-over-DSL solution in the North American Telco TV market. This portfolio was previously hosted within Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility business and is located in Lowell, Mass.

"Motorola's business focus has shifted from legacy FTTN networks to new deployments of Fiber-to-the-Premises technology by Tier 1 Telco customers around the world," said Joe Cozzolino, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Access Networks Solutions, Home and Networks Mobility. "This is an opportunity for Motorola's current FTTN customers to receive ongoing service and support and a growth path for FTTN and for Motorola to focus on next-generation FTTP technology."

CTDI, which is headquartered in West Chester, PA., offers maintenance and product services including Wireline Repair & Logistics, Wireless Repair & Logistics, Engineering and Installation services, Global Supply Chain solutions and Product Engineering and Manufacturing.

HomeGrid Forum Expands its Board

The HomeGrid Forum, a global, which promotes the ITU-T's standardization efforts, has expanded its Board of Directors with the addition of Sigma Designs, which develops digital media processing system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for consumer electronics. Sigma Designs brings additional semiconductor industry expertise to the group, which also includes representatives from leading retailers, service providers, PC manufacturers and consumer electronics companies -- all supporting the development and delivery of next-generation wired home networking products based on technology.

The standard is aimed to deliver a single unified technology for the wired home network that addresses key issues of service providers, electronics manufacturers, and consumers alike. Through one worldwide standard, will unify the networking of content and devices over any wire -- coax cable, phone and power lines. enables service providers to deploy new offerings including IPTV more cost effectively; allows consumer electronics manufacturers to provide powerful devices for connecting all types of entertainment, home automation and security products throughout the house; and greatly simplifies consumer purchasing and installation processes.

America Movil to Offer Nokia Messaging in Latin America

America Movil has agreed to offer the Nokia Messaging solution in seven countries before the end of the year. America Movil is the first operator to announce a Latin America-wide offering of Nokia Messaging to its customers.

"Messaging is ready for exponential growth in Latin America. As the leading operator in Latin America, we will be leading in this space," said Marco Quatorze, Head of Value Added Services, America Movil. "Collaboration with Nokia in the messaging space is one of the strategies we are pursuing to drive this growth."
  • In February, America Movil agreed to offer Nokia Maps Navigation to its mobile consumers in Latin America with Nokia GPS-enabled phones. Nokia Maps, with GPS functionality and featuring location-based services, will empower users to expertly navigate, whether searching for an unfamiliar address in their home city or exploring a vacation destination.