Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Vidyo Secures $25 Million for Videoconferencing

Vidyo, a start-up based in Hackensack, New Jersey, announced a $25 million Series C round of financing to support is personal telepresence solutions.

Vidyo enables multi-point videoconferences on desktop computers and room systems over the Internet and wireless networks Its patented VidyoRouter architecture delivers H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) that eliminates an MCU while delivering high error resilience and low latency.

The new funding brings the total amount of capital raised by the company to $63 million since its founding in 2005. All existing investors, Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Seven-Rosen Funds and Star Ventures, participated in the round, which was led by Four Rivers Group.
  • Vidyo is headed by Ofer Shapiro (CEO and co-founder), who previously spent eight years at RADVISION where he was responsible for the development of the first IP video conferencing bridge and gatekeeper technology. Ofer was also a contributor and one of the editors of the H.323 standard. Vidyo's other co-founder is Dr. Alex Eleftheriadis (Chief Scientist), who was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. He holds 12 patents, has served as the Editor of the MPEG-4 Systems specification, and is currently co-editor of the H.264 SVC Conformance specification.

Telarix Raises $20 Million for OSS/BSS Solutions

Telarix, a privately-held company based in Vienna, Virginia, secured $20 million in venture capital for its business information exchange and interconnect OSS/BSS solutions for content providers, IP service providers and global fixed and mobile operators. The company's software tools enable service providers to gather, analyze, and act upon interconnect business events and service transactions in near real-time.

The new money will be used to support the continued growth of iXLink, a global business information exchange service for the telecom community. Telarix said it now has over 625 members now using the service to automatically exchange business information with their trading partners. iXLink recently added three new services: Price List Receipt with Dial Code Mapping to simplify and automate their purchasing process; a next generation CLI monitoring service which provides mobile, fixed-lined and VoIP carriers the ability to accurately verify Calling Line Identification (CLI) for mobile and landline destinations worldwide; and a Benchmarking service for tracking pricing and quality data related to the international wholesale telecommunication market.

The new funding came from Brown Brothers Harriman Capital Partners III (BBH Capital Partners), a private equity fund sponsored by Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and Edison Venture Fund.

Zain Bahrain Measures LTE Download at 70 Mbps with NSN

Zain Bahrain has achieved an LTE download speed of 70 Mbps in a field trial conducted with Nokia Siemens Networks. The trial involved Nokia Siemens Networks' Flexi base stations, installed in separate buildings, as well as its NetAct network management solution.

Zain's network has achieved a minimum latency of 15 milliseconds --- the smallest ever in any public LTE call, according to the companies. The LTE call highlights applications such as multi-video streaming, high-resolution video conferencing, voice over LTE, and LTE terminal mobility within an office environment.

Zain Bahrain anticipates completing its LTE network later this year, proving a showcase for all of Zain Group's operations across the Middle East and Africa.

"Setting standards and raising the bar on excellence have always been a Zain Bahrain prerogative," said Mohammed Zainalabedin, general manager, Zain Bahrain. "This first ever live call is a taste of the excellence our customers can expect when our entire network upgrade is unveiled by the end of this year. It is part of the continuous effort at Zain Bahrain to keep our promise to our customers that we will always deliver a world-class mobile user experience."
  • In October 2009, Zain Bahrain selected Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its radio and core network as well as the prepaid charging system. This begins the transition to a flat, all-IP network supporting Internet High Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) and Long Term Evolution (LTE). Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will replace the existing legacy core network with the latest Mobile Softswitching (MSS) solution. In addition, charging system will be upgraded to the Nokia Siemens Networks prepaid solution, based on charge@once select. NSN's Flexi Multiradio Base Stations are capable of supporting WCDMA, HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE via a software upgrade. Zain Bahrain will be in a position to launch I-HSPA functionality within the year. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy a full end-to-end offering for LTE, providing LTE radio, Evolved Packet Core for LTE, subscriber data management, network management and services.

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom Complete UK Merger

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom completed their UK merger transaction, combining T-Mobile UK and Orange into the UK's leading mobile operator. It will have a combined mobile customer base of around 28.4 million, representing approximately 37 percent of UK mobile subscribers. A new name for the venture has not yet been announced, so the existing brands will be kept in place for now.

In November 2009, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom signed the final agreement to combine their UK operations, T-Mobile and Orange, into a 50:50 joint venture company. The deal was first announced on 8 September 2009.

Tom Alexander, former CEO of Orange UK serves as CEO of the new Joint Venture, and Richard Moat, the former CEO of T-Mobile UK is Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO. A Board of Directors has also been formed, on which Tom Alexander and Richard Moat will serve as executive directors. Tim Höttges, CFO of Deutsche Telekom, will lead the board as non-executive chairman for two years. After this time, the leadership will rotate to Gervais Pellissier, Deputy CEO and CFO of France Telecom, for two years.

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs Describes Single-Carrier 224 Gbps

Researchers from Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs demonstrated a range of technology advances at last month's Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) in San Diego, California, including higher-order modulation techniques, use of multi-stage algorithms and increased spectral efficiencies that enable the transmission of significantly higher bit rates over increasingly longer distances. The optical transmission technologies demonstrated by Bell Labs were presented in a series of juried research papers reviewed in rigorous evaluation process and accepted by the OFC program committee. Alcatel-Lucent highlighted the following items:

Field transmission of optical OFDM1 signals carrying greater than 100 Gbps -- A key step forward in the evolution of new modulation formats over existing fiber infrastructure. Involves transmission of 3x253Gb/s OFDM-Superchannels over 764 km field deployed single mode fibers. Employs ten G.652 fiber spans, provided by Deutsche Telekom AG and makes use of OFDM channels spaced 100GHz apart that cover a bandwidth of 90GHz and result in a configuration compatible with a 100GHz grid.

Next-Generation 400 Gigabit per second transmission -- Generation and detection of a novel spectrally-efficient format occupying a bandwidth of only 60 GHz. Involves 448-Gbps Reduced-Guard-Interval CO-OFDM Signal with 7 bit-per second-Hz channel spectral efficiency and transmission over 2000-km of ULAF and five 80-GHz-Grid optical add-drop multiplexers.

40% increase of single-carrier bit rate, up to 224-Gbps -- An improvement over the highest previous 20 Gbaud (160 Gbps) single-carrier line rate demonstrated in PDM 16-QAM transmission. Single-carrier multilevel modulation at high symbol rates enables a simpler transmitter structure. Involves a 10 × 224-Gb/s WDM Transmission of 28-Gbaud PDM2 16-QAM on a 50-GHz Grid over 1,200 km of fiber.

NTT America to Deploy Cisco ASR 9000

NTT America will deploy the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Router to scale its Next-Generation Internet Protocol Network infrastructure for leading capacity, nonstop video, power efficiency, robust IPv6 support and integrated video monitoring intelligence. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Among its criteria in selecting this platform, NTT America also set a requirement for carrier-grade IPv6 capability, as its global IP network has been running both IPv4 and IPv6 worldwide since 2001. The Cisco ASR 9000 supports both IPv4 and IPv6 protocol stacks for service growth.

The companies noted that global IP traffic is expected to increase fivefold from 2008 to 2013, approaching 56 exabytes per month in 2013, up from approximately 9 exabytes per month in 2008. IP traffic in Asia Pacific will lead this growth worldwide. It is forecast to reach 21 exabytes per month in 2013, accounting for more than one-third of the global traffic. (Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index IP traffic growth forecast 2008--2013.)

The NTT Communications Global IP Network has reached 300 Gbps of available capacity on the transpacific portion of the network, the highest available capacity of any global Tier 1 network, serving growing international customer bases and providing a cost-effective solution to meet the demand for bandwidth speed and capacity. By utilizing three cable systems - PC-1, Tyco Global Network (TGN) and Japan-US (JP-US) -- NTT America provides a short, low-latency path for transpacific Internet traffic, allowing customers fast, reliable and cost-effective access to financial and international markets.

AT&T Wins $29 Million MPLS Project with US EPA

AT&T Government Solutions will supply an MPLS-based network for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

As the primary provider under the WAN 2010 Project will also provide Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) to enhance the security of the EPA network. AT&T will use MTIPS to secure the EPA's Internet traffic with services such as Intrusion Detection Services, Intrusion Protection Services, Incident Response, Managed Firewall Services, and Anti-Virus Management. AT&T will also provide Managed Network services such as Project Management Office (PMO), operations, site deployment, network engineering and design, on-site installation, maintenance, training and proactive network management and reporting. AT&T will deliver these services at EPA locations supporting systems and applications for the EPA workforce.

The task order, which was awarded under the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Networx Enterprise contract vehicle, is valued at up to $29 million, if all options are exercised.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Covad and MegaPath to Merge

Covad and MegaPath announced plans to merge into a single company. Pending federal and state regulatory approvals, the transaction will create one of the largest managed service local exchange carriers (MSLEC) in the U.S. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Covad provides a wide range of access and hub aggregation services, including Ethernet, DSL, and T1. It operates a nationwide IP/MPLS network and its network footprint encompasses some 4,400 central offices (COs) in 45 states and 240 metropolitan statistical areas. Covad wholesale partners include leading providers such as AT&T, Verizon Business, and Sprint. The company is based in San Jose, California.

MegaPath provides managed IP communications services across North America. It also operates a nation-wide MPLS backbone with POPs in 30 major cities MegaPath is based in Costa Mesa, California.

"We will continue to provide innovative services and superior automation to our wholesale partners, and by adding MegaPath's leading managed service offerings, we will further enhance the value we deliver to the market," said Pat Bennett, CEO of Covad , who will continue as Chief Executive Officer.

The combined businesses will be owned by Platinum and MegaPath investors.

China Mobile and ZTE Test TD-LTE indoor MIMO

China Mobile and ZTE have completed a TD-LTE indoor MIMO networking performance test in Beijing. The test yielded TD-LTE performance evaluation data on indoor single/dual path cell throughput. The testing also produced data for indoor multi-UE circumstances. Performance results were not disclosed.

ZTE said the goal of this experiment was to evaluate construction of indoor LTE distribution systems, including whether a two-path system can achieve significantly better performance than a single path system under different scenarios and user distributions. The testing found that, under diversified testing circumstances, a TD-LTE two-path indoor distribution system downlink throughput does show dramatic improvements compared with single path indoor distribution system.

ZTE and China Mobile plan to jointly deploy a TD-LTE network for the Expo News Centre at the World Expo Shanghai 2010.

NTT Com and Boingo Set Wi-Fi Roaming Agreement

NTT Communications Corporation and Boingo have enacted a reciprocal Wi-Fi roaming agreement that takes effect today. NTT Com HOTSPOT customers are able to use some 70 Boingo wireless local area network (WLAN) access points for data roaming in airports and other locations of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, while Boingo retail customers visiting Japan gain access to NTT Com HOTSPOT WLAN access points, both beginning April 1. In Japan, Boingo retail customers can roam NTT Com's broad nationwide WLAN network covering hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, airports, train stations and even selected railcars on major business routes.

Tranzeo Wireless to Acquire Aperto Networks

Tranzeo Wireless Technologies Inc. (TSX:TZT) has agreed to acquire Aperto Networks. Under the deal, Tranzeo will issue common shares to the stockholders of Aperto based on a US$5 million base consideration amount, as adjusted for liabilities and cash of Aperto at closing. Both companies are suppliers of wireless broadband and WiMAX communication systems. Tranzeo is based in British Columbia, Canada, while Aperto is located in Milpitas, California.

"Acquiring Aperto immediately transforms Tranzeo into a market leading complete solutions provider for major telecommunications operators while still supplying product to Tranzeo's existing wireless Internet service providers," said Jim Tocher, President and CEO of Tranzeo.

The companies said Aperto's current backlog of all purchase orders is US$8.3 million. This will be added to Tranzeo's current backlog of US$32.7M.http://
  • Founded in 1999, Aperto Networks was an initial lead contributor to IEEE 802.16 and the ETSI-BRAN standards.

Verizon and IBM Offer Cloud-Based Managed Data Protection

Verizon and IBM have teamed up to deliver the Managed Data Vault - a new private cloud service that provides secure, quick and reliable daily backups, and fast recovery of enterprise information. The service will automatically transfer data from a client location to a specially designed off-site data center via Verizon's secure high-speed private network. IBM supplies backup infrastructure and management capabilities. The service is aimed at the financial, retail and health care services markets.

This solution will initially be available to Verizon and IBM clients in the New York City metropolitan area.

Verizon Provides Mobile Device Mgt for Government Agencies

Verizon has begun providing a carrier-neutral Mobility Management for Government (MMG) service to help federal agencies protect physical and intellectual assets for mobile users.

Specific components of the hosted MMG solution include:

  • Mobile Security Shield - Anti-virus and spam security protection for mobile PDAs and mobile operating systems.

  • Mobile Virtual Private Network - The VPN is compliant with FIPS 140-2 and provides secure connectivity back to agency applications.

  • Mobile Infrastructure and Device Management - Manages mobile devices for the agency, delivering tools, applications and data to employees, where and when required, while creating and enforcing flexible mobile policies across the agency.

  • Wireless Expense and Asset Management System - Tracks mobile assets, usage and spending, delivering consolidated and departmental reports.

Verizon MMG, which is an expansion of the company's Managed Mobility portfolio for enterprises, is available immediately under the U.S. General Services Administration's Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS 3) contract and as an IT solution using the Alliant contract. The solution complies with the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2 and applicable Security Technical Implementation Guide security guidelines for federal agencies.

Cisco Releases "Valet" Home Wireless Gear

Cisco introduced a new line of home WiFi routers aimed at simplifying the set-up of home networks. A USB thumb drive is provided to automate the configuration of the network. Valet also provides new levels of parental controls, as well as guest access. Pricing starts at $99.

Huawei Reports 19% Sales Growth for 2009

Huawei Technologies Co. reported sales revenue of CNY 149.1 billion (approx. US$21.82 billion) worldwide for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, with a 19% rise year on year. Net profit was CNY 18.3 billion, with a net profit margin of 12.2%; it had CNY 21.7 billion net cash flow from operating activities. The company held CNY 29.2 billion (approx US$427 billion) in cash as of December 31, 2009.

Huawei is forecasting a 20% growth in sales revenue in 2010, driven by global broadband, particularly, mobile broadband.

Bharti Airtel Awards US$1.3 Billion Deal to Ericsson

Bharti Airtel has awarded a US$1.3 billion network expansion contract to Ericsson. Ericsson will expand and upgrade Airtel's network in 15 of India's 22 telecom circles. Under the deal, Ericsson will supply its 2G/2.5G radio base stations, circuit and packet core, microwave transmission and Intelligent Network. In addition, Ericsson will ensure that Bharti Airtel's core and transport network is 3G-ready in order to reduce time to market and enable the fast rollout of 3G services at a later date.

Ericsson Completes Acquisition of Nortel's GSM Business

Ericsson completed its acquisition of Nortel's North American GSM business. The acquisition includes the transfer of important GSM business with North American operators and further strengthens Ericsson's ability to serve North America's leading wireless operators. More than 350 employees from Nortel will be integrated in the Ericsson group over the coming months. The deal was first announced in November 2009.

Ericsson's bid for Nortel's GSM assets was made together with Kapsch CarrierCom AG of Austria. Under the two transactions Ericsson is acquiring certain assets of Nortel's GSM business in North America and Kapsch is acquiring certain assets outside North America.

"The addition of Nortel's skilled GSM experts adds additional depth to Ericsson's newest business unit," said Rima Qureshi, head of Ericsson's CDMA unit. "The CDMA team acquired from Nortel late last year has built a strong foundation already, and this new acquisition places us in a great position to support our growing list of North American and International customers."
  • In 2009, Ericsson also acquired Nortel's CDMA and LTE assets in North America.

MERU Soars in IPO

Shares in Meru Networks, which specializes in enterprise wireless LAN solutions, soared 28% in their first day of trading on Nasdaq (MERU). The company offered 4,386,784 common shares at a price to the public of $15.00 per share. Trading on Wednesday closed at $19.17.

Altera's FPGAs Interoperate Directly with 40G Avago Optical Modules

Altera Corporation announced the interoperability of its Stratix IV GT FPGAs with 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP) optical modules from Avago Technologies providing 40 Gbps data rates across a single link of fiber-optic cable.

QSFP is the next-generation hot-pluggable interface for high-performance switches, routers, servers and host bus adapters used in computing and telecommunication applications. The interface is currently the industry's most compact, 4-high-speed-channel, Z-axis pluggable interface supporting data rates up to 40 Gbps (4 lanes x 10 Gbps).

Altera's Stratix IV GT FPGA's 11.3-Gbps transceivers connect directly to the 40G QSFP optical module without the need of bridging chips.

Sprint Offers "Satisfaction Guaranteed or Money-Back"

Sprint introduced a full money-back satisfaction guarantee for new customers. The Sprint Free Guarantee gives any customer opening a new line of service the chance to try Sprint for 30 days. If a customer isn't completely satisfied, they can get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get the early termination fee waived, get a full refund for service plan monthly recurring charges incurred and get all associated taxes and Sprint surcharges associated with these charges waived. In addition, Sprint will waive the restocking fee for new customer exchanges as part of this policy.

CommScope Shuts Manufacturing in Omaha

CommScope will discontinue operations at its Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing subsidiary in Omaha, Nebraska and relocate manufacturing to one or more existing CommScope facilities in North America. The company expects annualized pretax savings of approximately $18 million to $22 million upon completion of relocation and closure of the facility in late 2011.

The company currently employs approximately 400 people in its CSMI subsidiary in Omaha, all of whom will be affected by the manufacturing relocation. Another 70 employees in non-manufacturing corporate functions, who currently are housed in the CSMI facility, are expected to relocate to a new Omaha location prior to the plant's closing.

Monday, March 29, 2010

3Com Reports Quarterly Revenue of $346 Million, up 6.5% YoY

3Com reported quarterly revenue of $345.9 million, compared to revenue of $324.7 million in the corresponding period in fiscal year 2009, a 6.5 percent increase. All regions delivered double-digit revenue growth over the same fiscal year 2009 quarter, except China. Total revenue in our China based operations was down 1.3 percent from the same prior year period, primarily the result of a 77.9 percent decline in sales to Huawei, which were $12.4 million in the quarter. China direct sales were $165.9 million in the quarter, a 29.7 percent increase over the corresponding prior year period.

3Com's gross margin was 60.4 percent in the third quarter of fiscal year 2010, compared with gross margin of 57.2 percent in third quarter of fiscal year 2009. On a non-GAAP basis, gross margin was 60.5 percent in the third quarter, compared with 57.4 percent in the same prior year period.

3Com's operating profit margin was 6.5 percent in the quarter, up from 0.5 percent in the corresponding prior year period. On a non-GAAP basis, operating profit margin was 13.9 percent in the third quarter, compared with 11.3 percent in the third quarter of the prior year.

Net income in the quarter was $41.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with net income of $1.9 million, or $0.00 per diluted share in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year. On a non-GAAP basis, third quarter fiscal year 2010 net income was $67.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared with net income of $49.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the corresponding prior year period.

Mformation Teams with Amdocs on Mobile Device Customer Care

Mformation Technologies, which supplies advanced mobile device management (MDM) solutions to wireless operators, has entered into a partnership with Amdocs to deliver mobile device support that is integrated with Amdocs CES customer management solutions. This enables customer-care organizations within mobile operators to have full real-time device visibility and access to critical subscriber and device information from one central customer care console. With this combined solution, mobile device visibility and diagnostics is seamlessly integrated into the workflow of the Amdocs customer management solution.

"Enabling customer care personnel in call centers to support mobile devices more quickly and effectively is a growing priority for mobile operators. Partnering with Amdocs combines the market-leading customer management solution with the most advanced market-leading mobile device technology, creating a winning combination that will significantly improve the experience of customers when they urgently need technical support," said Rowan Scranage, SVP of Business Development and Strategy, Mformation.

Telefónica Spain to Implement 42 HSPA+ with NSN

Telefónica Spain has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade its 3G radio network to HSPA+, in preparation for the next generation of mobile communications.
The three-year project will enable Telefónica Spain to increase data download speeds from 7.2 Mbps to 42 Mbps. The project will use Nokia Siemens Networks' LTE-ready Flexi Base Stations. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its NetAct network management system to efficiently monitor, manage and optimize Telefónica's network. The modernization project also foresees the possibility of providing 3G and GSM access simultaneously using the same 900 MHz band of radio spectrum, once the regulatory authorities allow it. Financial terms were not disclosed.

XO Picks NSN's Optical Transport for 40G Network

XO Communications is deploying Nokia Siemens Networks' hiT 7300 DWDM 40 Gbps platform to provide a high-capacity, cost-efficient and scalable transport system. NSN said its platform was chosen for its high degree of modularity and because it is based on a common hardware platform, which saves staff training time and OPEX, and reduces the number of spare parts needed to be stocked. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In addition to the hiT 7300, Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its leading Transport Network Management System (TNMS) to optimize the network's operations through centralized control and supervision. The agreement also includes Nokia Siemens Networks' professional services for network implementation and care. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Added 568,000 FTTx Subscribers in 2009

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom recorded a strong growth in FTTx subscriptions in 2009, with 568,000 net additions bringing its total to 1.64 million subscribers. ADSL subscribers decreased by 575,000 to 2.67 million. By the end of 2009, the number of ADSL and FTTx subscriptions with a service speed greater than 8 Mbps reached 2.0 million, representing 46.8% of total broadband subscribers, compared to 36.9% at the end of 2008.

In the mobile domain, as of December 31, 2009, Chunghwa had 9.27 million mobile
subscribers, an increase of 3.6% compare to 8.95 million at the end of 2008. Chunghwa had 1.17 million net additions to its 3G subscriber base during 2009, recording a 32.9% year-over-year growth, bringing the total to 4.73 million as of December 31, 2009.

Financially, Chunghwa reported Q4 2009 total consolidated revenue increased by 2.6% to NT$51.1 billion. Mobile communications business revenue increased by 1.6% to NT$21.9 billion. Internet business revenue increased by 9.5% to NT$6.4 billion. Net income totaled NT$10.6 billion, representing an increase of 24.6%. Basic earnings per share (EPS) increased by 24.6% to NT$1.09.

IBM to Build Cyber Security System for the U.S. FAA

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected IBM for an R&D project aimed at protecting the nation's civilian aviation system from the ever-growing threat of cyber attacks. IBM researchers and cyber security experts will design and build a prototype security system capable of scaling to accommodate the FAA's high-speed networks.

IBM said its prototype system will go beyond traditional security approaches of encryption, firewalls, intrusion-detection devices and anti-virus software. Not only will the flexible model be designed to look retrospectively at event occurrences and system compromises, it will be able to correlate historical traffic patterns with dynamic data from monitors, sensors and other devices capturing information about network traffic and user activity in real time.

RadiSys Boosts its Convedia Software Media Server

RadiSys has enhanced its Convedia Software Media Server with the addition of co-residency capabilities, broader platform support and new media processing features. The company said the advent of multi-core CPU platforms has enabled software media to become an increasingly viable alternative for even the largest carrier-class IP media processing deployments. With the addition of co-residency, Original Equipment Manufacturers that want to offer an integrated all-in-one product or network appliance, can integrate the Convedia Software Media Server with their applications on a single compute platform.

"RadiSys strongly believes that both hardware and software media servers are equally relevant to existing and future media processing requirements for a variety of applications," said David Smith, general manager, Media Server Business Unit, RadiSys.

The Software Media Server also supports new features including G.722 HD audio codec support, text overlay for H.263 video announcements, call progress tone detection, voice quality enhancement features, speech server support, G.711 and T.38 fax, NIC bonding/VLAN tagging for resilience and traffic management -- all features that extend the Convedia Software Media Server's applicability to enterprise VoIP, IP contact center, NGN and IMS markets. RadiSys has also certified the Convedia Software Media Server on additional server platforms, including the Dell R610 rack-mount 1RU Intel multi-core server and the IBM HS-22 Compute Blade for IBM BladeCenter, while boosting the capacity of a Convedia Software Media Server deployment to thousands of ports per server.

Aruba Networks Extends Virtual Branch Office into the Cloud

Aruba Networks has extended its Virtual Branch Networking (VBN) architecture with new capabilities for moving application acceleration and content security services away from costly branch appliances and into the cloud. The company's VBN strategy, which was first rolled out in May 2009, uses low-cost wireless access point CPE to connect remote users and branch locations with enterprise applications and network policies. The low-cost devices create secure tunnels over the Internet back to an enterprise Aruba wireless LAN controller, where corporate security policies are maintained.

The new Virtual Branch Networking (VBN) 2.0 solution breaks new ground by migrating application acceleration and security filtering services into the cloud.

Aruba estimates that by eliminating branch office appliances and administration, capital expenditures can be reduced by up to 60% and operating expenses by up to 75%.

Key features of VBN 2.0 include:

  • Application Acceleration Service (AAS) -- a cloud service that can accelerate the performance of applications in the branch office by 20x, without requiring any new hardware or software in the branch. Applications benefiting from this include e-mail, Web browsing, and file sharing applications.

  • Content Delivery Network (CDN) - a subscription-based file caching service further speeds up application response times in a branch office by leveraging a cloud-based CDN to serve files locally from a nearby data center. This affordable service can be acquired on an as-needed basis and requires no additional hardware or software in the branch office;

  • Content Security Service (CSS) -- a cloud service that dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of protecting sensitive data across the distributed enterprise. CSS provides anti-virus/anti-spam protection, real-time content filtering, and data leakage prevention without the need for any new branch office hardware or software. Instantaneous and long-term historical reports can quickly identify policy violations.

Also as part of the VBN 2.0 solution, Aruba is introducing a Virtual Intranet Access (VIA) client. VIA provide road warriors and other mobile workers with Windows-based laptops, netbooks, and PCs with user-friendly, secure access to the corporate network without separate, dedicated VPN infrastructure.

Qwest Rolls out Managed Security and Mgt Service with IBM

Qwest Communications has launched two new managed services that leverage technology from IBM: Qwest iQ Managed Security Service (MSS) and Qwest iQ Network Management Service (NMS). Highlights include:

  • Qwest iQ Managed Security Service -- an outsourced service that reduces the costs and complexities associated with managing security needs, while mitigating the impact of liability and security threats from malware, SPAM e-mail, unauthorized network access, and Internet resource misuse. The service is supported by IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS), which operates world-wide redundant security operation centers with 24x7x365 support.

  • Qwest iQ Network Management Service -- a network monitoring and management product suite that provides complete out-tasking of all or part of customer's data network. The service provides around-the-clock health and fault monitoring of network devices by IBM's skilled operations analysts using automated surveillance tools. Customers can view network performance statistics, alerts and create and manage trouble tickets, all from Qwest's QControl Portal.

CIAN Selects Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP

The Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) has selected the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) for its optical communications testing facility.

CIAN, a premier engineering research center, is comprised of member universities working together to broadly enhance technology in optical communications. Their telecommunications industry research is designed to create transformative technologies for optical access networks where virtually any application requiring any resource can be seamlessly and efficiently aggregated and interfaced with existing and future core networks. The Fujitsu platform was selected to support their goal of driving toward a higher level of integration through optical aggregation.

"We chose the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP because it can aggregate, switch, and deliver Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) services across any type of access network," said Bob Norwood, professor and CIAN industry liaison officer at the University of Arizona.

The FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP supports the creation of a universal optical infrastructure where both Ethernet and SONET/SDH traffic can be aggregated and transported in its native format. Integrated COE transport technology delivers private-line quality packet aggregation and connectivity services with the proven operational robustness of optical networking, including transport-class software and database management, management interface functionality, and precision fault sectionalization. The platform's pluggable ROADM option allows efficient network scalability up to 88 wavelengths.

"Digital Due Process" Alliance Seeks Privacy Assurance for Cloud Services

Major Internet players, including, AOL, AT&T, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and others, have formed an industry initiative aimed at updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of the United States so as to assure the privacy of cloud-based services.

Specifically, the "Digital Due Process" alliance said it wants to modernize ECPA in four ways:

  • Better protect your data stored online: The government must first get a search warrant before obtaining any private communications or documents stored online;

  • Better protect your location privacy: The government must first get a search warrant before it can track the location of your cell phone or other mobile communications device;

  • Better protect against monitoring of when and with whom you communicate: The government must demonstrate to a court that the data it seeks is relevant and material to a criminal investigation before monitoring when and with whom you communicate using email, instant messaging, text messaging, the telephone, etc.; and

  • Better protect against bulk data requests: The government must demonstrate to a court that the information it seeks is needed for a criminal investigation before it can obtain data about an entire class of users.

"The traditional standard for the government to search your home or office and read your mail or seize your personal papers is a judicial warrant. The law needs to be clear that the same standard applies to email and documents stored with a service provider, while at the same time be flexible enough to meet law enforcement needs," stated Jim Dempsey, Vice President for Public Policy at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Ericsson Announces $1.8 Billion in Contracts with China Mobile and China Unicom

Ericsson announced frame agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom valued at US$1.8 billion.

Under the agreement with China Mobile, Ericsson will provide a radio access network including a multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 and mobile soft-switching technology, which will drastically boost the capacity of the network and evolve it into an IP network. This deal is worth US$1 billion and will be implemented during 2010.

In the agreement with China Unicom, Ericsson will provide a faster 3G network with HSPA Evolution technology to secure higher speed and better user experience for consumers. In addition, Ericsson will further expand cooperation with China Unicom in the area of IP and broadband, supplying IP routers, fiber access technologies GPON and 40G WDM as well as IP multimedia subsystem (IMS). The framework contract is worth US$800 million and will also be implemented during 2010.

Ericsson noted that China added 106 million new mobile subscriptions in 2009, bringing its installed mobile base to a total of a 747 million. China now has a penetration rate of 56.3 percent, indicating further growth. The fixed broadband market also shows strong growth of about 20%, bringing it to a total of 103 million subscriptions at the end of 2009.

IBM Wins Outsourcing Contract for NZ's TelstraClear

IBM has been awarded a three-year contract by TelstraClear, a voice and data company in New Zealand, to manage critical maintenance and support services for the carrier's Next IP Network. IBM will also provide TelstraClear with architectural leadership, regression testing capabilities and quality assurance around implementations of new services and equipment.

TelstraClear will continue to manage maintenance and support for basic issues and faults relating to its 5,300 miles of fiber cable in New Zealand. IBM will leverage its global expertise to help resolve situations where detailed troubleshooting and analysis methods are required.

IBM currently provides similar services to TelstraClear's parent company in Australia, Telstra Corporation. The support model being implemented locally will ensure strategic alignment between TelstraClear and Telstra Corporation and deliver immediate financial and operational benefits for TelstraClear.

"TelstraClear's Next IP Network is a core piece of infrastructure for us and key to the successful operation of our business. We are pleased to be able to access the expertise and global capability of a company like IBM to help us to keep it running at optimal performance," said Andrew Crabb, TelstraClear's Head of Networks and Services.

VZ Activates Fifth Hurricane-Ready Super Switch in Florida

Verizon Wireless has activated its fifth hurricane-ready super switch in Florida. These Mobile Telephone Switching Offices (MTSOs) -- the latest began serving southern Florida, including the Florida Keys, Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas just this month -- will further strengthen wireless coverage and advanced services for Verizon Wireless customers throughout the state year-round and during hurricanes and other emergencies.

A $50 million, 45,000-square-foot facility is home to the company's newest super switch, which connects tens of millions of voice calls and wireless data transmissions each day. Verizon Wireless said its super switch are designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. In addition to hardened shells, they feature large-scale, on-site power generation; redundant operations and technologies; and other back-up systems to ensure the Verizon Wireless network remains strong, running and reliable. The switches also serve as Emergency Operations Centers for Verizon Wireless engineers and technicians working to ensure continued wireless network operation in the event of a hurricane or other crisis.

Blue Coat Introduces Carrier Caching Appliance

Blue Coat Systems introduced a carrier caching platform aimed at cutting international and mobile backhaul bandwidth consumption.

The Blue Coat CacheFlow Appliance 5000 Series helps scale service delivery to meet the burgeoning subscriber demand for online video, large file downloads and other Web 2.0 rich media content. The appliance uses advanced, purpose-built caching technology to address Web 2.0 content, large files and rich media, including video. This content traditionally has been difficult to cache due to its large size and dynamic nature. For example, CacheFlow appliances can cache and deliver content served from dynamically generated URLs, including content previously believed to be non-cacheable. In addition, the CacheFlow appliance validates content freshness before serving it to the subscriber, maintaining consistency with the origin server.

The CacheFlow appliance also uses a new Blue Coat "CachePulse" service to obtain automatic, network-based updates. This cloud-based service provides rules and instructions designed to fine-tune CacheFlow 5000 appliances to better address the changing Web and deliver consistent bandwidth savings.

The CacheFlow 5000 appliance features 1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces nd can scale to meet multi-gigabit demands through the use of a clustered caching farm. The appliances have been validated withLayer 4-7 load balancing switches, including those from Brocade, Radware, A10 Networks and others.

Boingo Wi-Fi Available through iTunes Account

Boingo Wireless released a new application designed for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad users that allows consumers to purchase one-hour credits for Wi-Fi service directly from their Apple iTunes account. Consumers can purchase the $1.99 Wi-Fi credits in advance or at the time of connect simply by confirming the purchase using their iTunes account login. The credits can be redeemed for 60 consecutive minutes of Wi-Fi access at a single Boingo hotspot, and can be used at any of the more than 125,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide.

Boingo Wi-Fi Available through iTunes Account

Boingo Wireless released a new application designed for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad users that allows consumers to purchase one-hour credits for Wi-Fi service directly from their Apple iTunes account. Consumers can purchase the $1.99 Wi-Fi credits in advance or at the time of connect simply by confirming the purchase using their iTunes account login. The credits can be redeemed for 60 consecutive minutes of Wi-Fi access at a single Boingo hotspot, and can be used at any of the more than 125,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide.

Codenomicon Transforms its Analyzer into Network Time Machine

Codenomicon introduced new capabilities that enable its Network Analyzer to record test behavior and automatically visualize network traffic, thereby proving network operators with a clear picture of actual network traffic. The solution can store and process terabytes of real-time network data, and automatically visualize all network flows and identities, making it extremely easy to search and pinpoint troubling network issues. The problematic messages and sequences can be easily extracted to tools like Codenomicon Defensics for reproduction and testing, or to open source tools like Wireshark for closer inspection.

The Codenomicon Network Analyzer is a collaborative solution: companies and organizations can use it to model actual network traffic, to troubleshoot networks and to debug any type of network communication from multiple locations. The collaborative framework also enables customers to invite third-parties to the collaboration environment to assist in troubleshooting.

NTT Debuts Super-Low Latency HD H.264 Encoder/Decoder

NTT Electronics has enhanced its AVC/H.264 HDTV/SDTV encoder/decoder (HVE9100/HVD9100) with a new "super-low latency mode" that achieves a rating of 100 ms for 1080i 29.97 meda -- a new world-class result for low bit rate AVC/H.264 encoding, according to the company. This mode also supports audio compression, substantially reducing the delay perceivable in interactive video communication during live broadcasts and remote operation of fixed cameras.

XO Launches 40 Gbps Services Nationwide

XO Communications announced the availability of 40 Gbps network services in all its major metropolitan markets across the U.S. The service is targeted at enterprises such as large financial institutions and service providers are increasingly looking for more cost-effective, higher speed network connectivity options to manage larger volumes of network traffic and achieve ultra-low latency for applications.

The new XO 40 Gbps network offerings include:

  • 40 Gbps Wavelength services: Allow customers to use a single 40 Gbps link for ultra high-bandwidth network connections between two locations and provides operational benefits of managing one link instead of purchasing multiple 10 Gbps links.

  • 40 Gbps IP Transit services: Allow customers to aggregate large volumes of Internet traffic over a single connection and not have to manage multiple dedicated Internet access circuits.

"We are continually investing in our network to offer customers the highest levels of capacity, speed and performance they require today and be prepared for their network needs of tomorrow," said Randy Nicklas, chief technology officer at XO Communications. "These new high-speed, low latency network offerings enable customers with mission-critical applications to achieve their strategic business objectives to increase revenue in the most cost-effective manner possible."

AT&T Extends its 24 Mbps U-verse Internet Service

AT&T is extending the footprint of its U-verse High Speed Internet Max Turbo service to 120 markets across 22 states. Max Turbo, which offers speeds of up to 24 Mbps downstream and up to 3 Mbps upstream, was initially launched in Austin, San Antonio and St. Louis in December 2009.

AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet Max Turbo is priced at $65 per month for eligible residential customers and $95 per month for small business customers.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

FCC Approves Transfer of SkyTerra to HCP

The FCC approved the transfer of control of SkyTerra to Harbinger Capital Partners. SkyTerra is building two new satellites for a next generation ancillary terrestrial network, which will offer ubiquitous mobile + satellite communications across North America for public safety, homeland security, aviation, transportation and entertainment. Dual-Mode handsets would work on both 700 MHz public safety terrestrial networks and on satellites when terrestrial networks are unavailable or inaccessible. The first of two SkyTerra next-generation satellites is planned for launch this year.

Harbinger said it plans to use SkyTerra's spectrum in concert with its other investments in radio frequencies to implement an open next generation terrestrial network and mobile satellite system. The new network could lead to increased competition in mobile broadband services, a goal supported by the FCC's newly released National Broadband Plan.

Philip Falcone, Chief Executive Officer of HCP said that, "The FCC's broadband policies have given us the confidence to make a series of investments that will bring new competition and innovation to all Americans. This announcement by the FCC sets the stage for the launch of our business plan whose objective is nothing less than to revolutionize how Americans use and experience wireless communications in the 21st century."

On a separate item, the FCC's International Bureau also granted SkyTerra's application for a modification of certain terms of its ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) authorization. This approval allows SkyTerra to implement its Cooperative Agreement with Inmarsat and deploy a robust terrestrial mobile broadband network, which will be integrated with SkyTerra's satellite network.

Nokia to Acquire Novarra for Mobile Browser and Services Platform

Nokia agreed to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Novarra, a privately-held company based in Chicago that offers a mobile browser and service platform. Novarra has more than 100 employees.

Nokia expects a new service offering utilizing the Novarra technology platform to be available later this year.

"Connecting the next billion consumers to the Internet will happen primarily on mobile devices," said Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President, Services, Nokia, "and delivering an optimized internet experience on our devices is core to our mission. By driving innovation in all segments of our portfolio, we are building one of the largest consumer audiences for web services and content. Novarra's Internet services technology delivered on the world's most widely-used mobile platform, Nokia's Series 40, will help us achieve this."

IEEE to Support Serial 40 Gbps Ethernet Over Single Mode Fiber

The IEEE has begun work on a new amendment to the 802.3 Ethernet standard to enhance the 40 Gbps Ethernet physical layer (PHY) capabilities already under development in the IEEE P802.3ba 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet project.

The project, which is known as IEEE P802.3bg, aims to provide multiple system operators and telecommunications operators with an IEEE 802.3 Ethernet 40 Gbps serial PHY that provides optical compatibility with existing carrier 40 Gbps client interfaces. It is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society's Local and Metropolitan Area Networks Committee and will be developed by the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group.

"This project is to build upon the current IEEE P802.3ba 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet project to create a new PHY for 40 Gbps Ethernet operation that is optimized for carrier networks," says David Law, Chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group. "The ongoing liaison relationship between the IEEE 802.3 Working Group and ITU-T Study Group 15 will help to ensure interoperability between standards developed by the two organizations."

Cable & Wireless Splits into Two

Cable & Wireless Worldwide began trading as an independent company on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker CW. Cable&Wireless Worldwide provides managed voice, data and IP-based services and applications to large corporates, multinational companies, governments, carrier customers and resellers across the UK and around the globe. It operates an extensive fibre network across the UK, as well as a multiservice NGN with connectivity to 153 countries.

Cable & Wireless Communications also began trading as an independent company on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol CWC. Headquartered in London, Cable & Wireless Communications is composed of four operating units - the Caribbean, Panama, Macau and Monaco & Islands. It operates as a full-service telecommunications provider offering mobile, broadband, and domestic and international fixed line services, as well as enterprise and managed service solutions. As of September 2009, these operations (including subsidiaries and joint ventures) provided services to approximately 8.3 million mobile, 0.6 million broadband and 1.8 million fixed line customers.

The original Cable&Wireless traces its history to a number of British telegraph companies founded by Sir John Pender in the 1860s. In 1866, a Pender-led consortium laid the first submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean. In subsequent years, submarine cables were laid from the United Kingdom throughout the British Empire. These operations were later merged with the Wireless Telegraph Company founded by Marconi in 1929 to form the Imperial and International Communications Company. During the Thatcher years, Cable&Wireless was one of the first privatizations.

AT&T to take $1 Billion Accounting Charge for Health Care

AT&T will take a non-cash charge of approximately $1 billion in the first quarter of 2010 to reflect the impact of the new health care legislation signed into law by President Obama. In an SEC filing, AT&T said the new legislation will result in an additional tax burden on the firm and therefore it is evaluating prospective changes to the active and retiree health care benefits offered by the company. AT&T currently has about 282,000 employees.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

ZTE Picks Qualcomm for CDMA2000 Femtocells

ZTE is working with Qualcomm on femtocell technology. The terms of the agreement allow ZTE to access Qualcomm's Femtocell Station Modem (FSM) chipset platform in order to develop CDMA2000 femtocell products.

Alcatel-Lucent names VP of its Services Business

Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Vivek Mohan as President of its Services business. He replaces Andy Williams who has left the company for another opportunity. Vivek will be based in India.

Mohan is currently Head of Alcatel-Lucent's business in India. Previously, he headed the Services organization for Alcatel-Lucent's South Asia region. Before India, Vivek worked in a variety of roles and locations in Alcatel-Lucent. He led the Asia Pacific Supply Chain operations for Lucent Technologies from Shanghai and supported global business restructuring for Lucent's Optical Networks Group (ONG) from Murray Hill, USA.

Sprint Awards Motorola iDen Services Contract for 5th Year

Motorola has been awarded its fifth consecutive annual contract by Sprint to provide Intelligent Optimization Service (IOS) for its iDEN network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola's IOS includes expert resources, analytical tools and a proven optimization methodology for achieving efficient and measurable improvement results in network performance. Motorola's IOS utilizes data-reporting features generated by the network and subscribers as they use their phones. Motorola said its service virtually eliminates the need for manual resource intensive drive-testing.

Clearwire Picks Tellabs SmartCore 9100 for WiMAX in Spain

Clearwire will deploy the Tellabs SmartCore 9100 platform for its WiMAX network throughout Spain. Clearwire already uses the Tellabs 9100 SmartCore ASN Gateway (formerly the WiChorus SmartCore platform) in the United States. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Skype Mobile for Verizon Wireless Now Available

Verizon Wireless officially launched Skype mobile on its network. Initially available on nine Verizon Wireless 3G smartphones, Skype mobile uses the Verizon Wireless voice network for the wireless connection of the Skype-to-Skype calls, providing its users with a superior experience and top-notch call quality.

Qualcomm Raises Financial Guidance - Strength in Licensing and Chips

Qualcomm raised its financial guidance for the second fiscal quarter ending March 28, 2010.

Revenues are now estimated to be $2.55 to $2.65 billion compared to prior guidance range of $2.40 to $2.60 billion. Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be $0.56 to $0.58 pro forma, compared to a prior guidance range of $0.49 to $0.53.

CDMA-based Mobile Station Modem (MSM) shipments are estimated to be approximately 92 to 93 million units compared to our prior guidance range of 88 to 92 million units.

"We are very pleased with our stronger than expected performance this quarter with both the licensing and chipset businesses projecting higher revenues versus our prior guidance," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "We now project earnings per share to be well above the high end of our prior guidance driven by strength in licensing revenues and favorable volume and product mix in our chipset business."http://www.qualcomm.comhttp://

Cisco Invests in Grid Net for SmartHomes

Cisco has made an equity investment in Grid Net, a San Francisco start-up developing Smart Grid and Smart Home software platforms for utilities, their partners and their customers.

The Grid Net platform is designed to integrate substation automation, distribution automation, smart meters, demand response, load management, and home automation capabilities to increase grid reliability, energy efficiency, renewable energy use, and customer satisfaction while reducing operating costs.

Grid Net said it intends to use the proceeds from this investment to promote its real-time, all-IP, secure, reliable, extensible, end-to-end Smart Grid network infrastructure solutions. In addition, the investment highlights the two companies' shared vision of creating an energy infrastructure for the 21st century that is built on open standards and helps utilities scale for more effective, efficient electricity transmission and distribution.

Grid Net's other investors include Braemar Energy Ventures, Catamount Ventures, GE Energy Financial Services and Intel Capital.

D-Link Chooses BroadLight's Chip for GPON Residential Gateways

D-Link has selected Broadlight's GPON Residential Gateway (RG) system-on-chip for a new line of high-performance CPE devices. D-Link is extending GPON technology into its product portfolios and has achieved high level of interoperability for the emerging GPON markets like Russia.

Qwest Requests $350 Million in Broadband Stimulus Funds for Rural Projects

Qwest Communications is seeking $350 million in broadband stimulus funding to extend broadband at speeds of 12 to 40 Mbps to rural communities throughout its local service region, which is comprised of 14 Midwestern and Western states.

In its application, Qwest proposes to build facilities to serve more than half a million homes, schools, businesses and hospitals that lack access to today's high-speed Internet capabilities. It plans to introduce the service at download speeds of 12 to 40 Mbps.
The total cost of the proposed deployment would be $467 million. Qwest is requesting a grant for $350 million from the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), which is administered by the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). When Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act last year, it directed the USDA to establish a program that would stimulate broadband deployment to hard-to-serve rural areas. The BIP provides 75 percent of the build-out costs. The remaining 25 percent, or $117 million, would be funded by Qwest.

"Much like the water and electric programs the government established to encourage rural development, federal grants are needed to enable the deployment of broadband to high-cost, unserved areas," said Steve Davis, senior vice president of Qwest Public Policy and Government Relations.

Fanfare Launches iTest App Store

Fanfare, which specializes in test automation solutions for service providers (SPs), network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), and enterprises, launched an "iTest App Store", featuring free iTest applications and test assets that can be leveraged by iTest users and testers. The iTest App Store adds new capabilities as well as eliminates the need to re-create test assets, increasing productivity and accelerating the overall time to market.

The iTest App Store is a new extension of the Fanfare Community, an online forum and learning center for testers and developers in the communications industry to share best practices and discuss challenges related to device and network testing. By leveraging the Fanfare Community across thousands of iTest customers and partners, the iTest App Store provides a number of add-on applications and test assets for users to access.

The iTest assets provide customers with a starting set of test assets, including test cases, response maps, and session profiles, that eliminate the need to re-create already-existing test assets. The results are quicker time to automation, enhanced productivity, and accelerated time to market.

The iTest App Store currently features assets for Cisco, Juniper Networks, Linux, and Spirent devices and includes contributions from Spirent. Additional content will be provided on a regular basis from Fanfare's customers and partners.

Andrew Offers SmartBeam Base Station Tool

Andrew Solutions introduced a SmartBeam base station antenna tool that helps wireless operators achieve load balancing across a cell site or even a whole network cluster of 3G, LTE and WiMAX cell sites.

SmartBeam offers three levels of base station antenna pattern adjustments -- beam tilting, panning, and fanning -- which can be conducted from a central office via Andrew's ANMS (Antenna Network Management System).

When used in combination, the three pattern adjustments enable wireless operators to re-distribute capacity across a network cluster of sites based on changing traffic patterns. The company said this process yields a significant improvement in capacity efficiency while delaying or preventing the expensive addition of new cell sites or radios. SmartBeam antennas can also enhance network quality by providing the capability to deliver stronger signal strength, minimized interference, reduced number of dropped calls, and higher data rates.

Andrew's SmartBeam works by utilizing "Next Generation Actuators" installed under the antenna radome, which enable the three pattern adjustments. Remote electrical tilt BSAs currently deployed in many wireless networks essentially perform vertical beam tilting. SmartBeam, however, adds the horizontal panning and beamwidth fanning that make the next generation of network optimization capabilities truly possible. Beamwidth fanning can result in antenna patterns narrowed or broadened from 35 to 105 degrees. Andrew currently offers seven SmartBeam base station antenna models with one, two or three pattern adjustment capabilities.

Trials of SmartBeam antennas are underway.

Skype for SIP Now Interoperable with AudioCodes' Mediant

The AudioCodes Mediant 1000 Multi-Service Business Gateway has been certified as interoperable with Skype for SIP. This will enables SMBs who are still using legacy TDM PBXs and Key-Systems to direct their outbound calls to mobile phones and landlines around the world through Skype. It will also allow them to receive inbound calls from Skype users.

Certification testing of Skype for SIP with the AudioCodes Mediant 1000 Multi-Service Business Gateway was conducted by tekVizion Labs, an independent test facility in Richardson, Texas, which specializes in IP communications interoperability testing.

Wavesat Samples its Odyssey 9010 WiMAX - LTE Chipset

Wavesat has begun sampling its Odyssey 9010 LTE chipset. Taiwan-based Alpha Networks has selected it for inclusion in a forthcoming line of USB dongles and other consumer broadband devices.

Wavesat's Odyssey 9010 supports to support multiple 4G technologies, including LTE and WiMAX, on the same silicon. The chipset supports up to 100 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink while offering a programmable architecture capable of easy adaptation to LTE's evolving requirements.

ADTRAN Enhances Mobile Backhaul with Modular Ethernet Solution

ADTRAN introduced its NetVanta 8044M modular Ethernet Access Gateway for mobile backhaul.

Combined with the ADTRAN Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform, the new NetVanta 8044M provides an end-to-end Ethernet access migration solution. The 1U-high platform delivers Ethernet, fiber, copper and bonded TDM services with a "pay-as-you-grow" business model supported by ADTRAN's Ethernet Quality of Service capabilities. At the cell site, the NetVanta 8044M delivers intelligent Ethernet and legacy TDM services, seamlessly offering aggregation and delivery of these services via GPON and Gigabit Ethernet (EoF), as well as bonded copper using e.SHDSL and VDSL2/ADSL2+ technologies.

ng Connect Program Targets LTE Applications

The ng Connect Program Targets LTE-ready Apps

The ng Connect Program, which was co-founded by Alcatel-Lucent to stimulate the development of network-ready applications, services, content and devices for LTE, has added ten new members and now has 37 companies participating in total.

The ng Connect Program said its members have made progress in developing turnkey solution concepts for 4G/LTE networks - including sophisticated point of sale (PoS) technology, advertising platforms, gaming, home management, security applications and the LTE Connected Car.

At this week's CTIA, one such application -- the "HumanKiosk" -- won a first place CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Award in the Enterprise & Vertical Market Solution -- Mobile Marketing or Advertising category. Developed by MediaTile and Alcatel-Lucent, the HumanKiosk represents next generation digital signage for brand-to-consumer communications. The kiosk can run digital promotions and includes two-way video technology that can only operate over a high-bandwidth wireless IP connection enabled by LTE, utilizing Alcatel-Lucent IMS.

New members of ng Connect include:

  • CoolSign ( enterprise-class digital signage software),

  • Desktone (a virtual desktop hosting platform)

  • EON Reality ( interactive 3D visual content management and virtual reality software)

  • K12 Inc. (a technology-based education company)

  • LiveCast (provides live streaming video from the field to command centers and professional broadcast studios)

  • Mobideo -- wireless application software

  • Movial -- rich, intuitive Internet experiences for companies embracing transformational technologies.

  • NCR Corporation -- a global technology company

  • Optical Crime Prevention, Inc. (OCP) -- proprietary hardware and software systems to enable Video Security as a Service (VSaaS) for the mass markets.

  • Vidyo -- Personal Telepresence

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

NeoPhotonics Launches 10G PON transceivers

NeoPhotonics introduced a new line of 10G PON transceivers, compliant with the ITU-T G987.2 and IEEE 802.3av networking standards, to augment its portfolio of GPON and GEPON modules for optical line terminals (OLT) and Optical Networking Units (ONU). The ITU-T G987.2 compatible transceivers support data rates of 10G in the downstream direction and 2.5G burst mode transmission in the upstream direction covering nominal link budgets of 29 dB and 31 dB. The IEEE 802.3av compatible transceivers support data rates of 10G in the downstream direction and 1G burst mode transmission in the upstream direction covering link budgets of up to 30.5 dB. The OLT transceivers are offered in the XFP form factor, whereas the ONU transceivers come in space and power saving SFP+ form factor. Monitoring features allow early fault location and reduce down time in system operation.

Menara Awarded OTN "System-in-a-Module" Patent

Menara Networks was issued a U.S. patent (#7580637) for its proprietary approach to integrate ITU-T G.709 OTN framing, OAM processing, forward error correction, and other DWDM optical networking functions into various bit-rate, hot pluggable optical transceivers while at the same time preserving and adhering to the Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) aspects of the respective pluggable optical transceiver module. Menara has shipped the industry's first such product in 2007 in the form of a OTN DWDM XENPAK module.

Calix Completes IPO

Calix complete an initial public offering of shares. The initial pricing was $13.00 per share. Trading closed on Wednesday at $15.10, up 16% for the day.

The shares are now sold on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CALX." The company, which is based in Petaluma, California, began shipping its first multiservice access products in December 2001.

Ubiquisys and Public Wireless Announce 3G Metro Femtocell

Public Wireless, which specializes in wireless siting solutions, and Ubiquisys announced the commercial availability of the Public Wireless Colo-Node HSPA, the first metro femtocell solution specifically designed for outdoor hotspot locations.

An HSPA metro femtocell is a new class of device that provides a targeted, low-cost solution that provides seamless capacity relief for increasingly congested macro networks. It backhauls over the IP infrastructure already deployed -- typically cable or DSL. A single Colo-Node HSPA metro femtocell provides a range of up to 2km at pedestrian and vehicular speeds.

Each Colo-Node HSPA unit contains up to four Ubiquisys femtocell modules, each with 16 calls / 14.4Mbps HSPA data capacity. The modules are powered by Ubiquisys Femto-Engine software, which ensures adaptive compatibility with the macro network and provides handover with other femtocells and the macro network for service continuity. If the macro is replanned, the metro femto immediately adapts according to operator policies.

Powerwave Introduces 700 MHz LTE Repeaters

Powerwave Technologies introduced its 700 MHz wideband Nexus FT single-input single-output (SISO) and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) repeaters for the U.S. market.

The LTE repeater systems can be used for extending the capacity and reach of existing wireless networks. The coverage systems enable end users to leverage 3G and 4G features and functionality as they move throughout coverage areas within indoor environments such as airports, office buildings, shopping malls and subways.

The Nexus FT 700 Public Safety repeater system offers similar benefits and advantages for public safety networks.

Powerwave's new Nexus FT 700 LTE and Public Safety repeaters can be deployed up to 15 miles from an existing base station while delivering support for multi-protocol wireless systems.