Tuesday, November 30, 2010

IBM Advances its CMOS Nanophotonics

IBM announced significant advances in its path to integrate electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon. The new CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics, which is the result of a decade of development at IBM's global Research laboratories, promises over 10X improvement in integration density than is feasible with current manufacturing techniques.

IBM said it anticipates that Silicon Nanophotonics will dramatically increase the speed and performance between chips. In addition to combining electrical and optical devices on a single chip, the new IBM technology can be produced on the front-end of a standard CMOS manufacturing line. Transistors can share the same silicon layer with silicon nanophotonics devices. To make this approach possible, IBM researchers have developed a suite of integrated ultra-compact active and passive silicon nanophotonics devices that are all scaled down to the diffraction limit -- the smallest size that dielectric optics can afford. This makes possible the integration of modulators, germanium photodetectors and ultra-compact wavelength-division multiplexers with high-performance analog and digital CMOS circuitry.

"The development of the Silicon Nanophotonics technology brings the vision of on-chip optical interconnections much closer to reality," said Dr. T.C. Chen, vice president, Science and Technology, IBM Research. "With optical communications embedded into the processor chips, the prospect of building power-efficient computer systems with performance at the Exaflop level is one step closer to reality."

"Our CMOS Integrated Nanophotonics breakthrough promises unprecedented increases in silicon chip function and performance via ubiquitous low-power optical communications between racks, modules, chips or even within a single chip itself," said Dr. Yurii A. Vlasov, Manager of the Silicon Nanophotonics Department at IBM Research. "The next step in this advancement is to establishing manufacturability of this process in a commercial foundry using IBM deeply scaled CMOS processes."

IBM has been pursuing an ambitious Exascale computing program, which is aimed at developing a supercomputer that can perform one million trillion calculations—or an Exaflop—in a single second. This development is seen as a milestone along this path.
  • In March 2010, IBM announced a Germanium Avalanche Photodetector working at 40 Gbps with CMOS compatible voltages as low as 1.5V. This was the last piece of the puzzle that completes the prior development of the “nanophotonics toolbox�? of devices necessary to build the on-chip interconnects.

  • In March 2008, IBM scientists announced the world’s tiniest nanophotonic switch for "directing traffic" in on-chip optical communications, ensuring that optical messages can be efficiently routed.

  • December 2007, IBM scientists announced the development of an ultra-compact silicon electro-optic modulator, which converts electrical signals into the light pulses, a prerequisite for enabling on-chip optical communications.

  • December 2006, IBM scientists demonstrated silicon nanophotonic delay line that was used to buffer over a byte of information encoded in optical pulses - a requirement for building optical buffers for on-chip optical communications.

Ericsson Acquires Nortel's R&D Group in Guangzhou, China

Ericsson will acquire certain assets of the Guangdong Nortel Telecommunication Equipment Company Ltd (GDNT) for US$50 million. GDNT is a leading research, development and manufacturing company based in China and an important supplier to Ericsson following the acquisitions of the CDMA and GSM businesses of Nortel.

GDNT was founded in 1995 as a joint venture between Nortel, a Canadian Telecommunications Company and local Chinese corporations and telecom operators. The transaction also includes R&D facilities, manufacturing facilities as well as support and customer service in China. Some 1,100 employees, including approximately 550 R&D engineers will be integrated in to the Ericsson group over the coming months.

Beceem Co-Founder Awarded IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

Dr. Arogyaswami Paulraj, a co-founder of Beceem Communications, has been named the recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the organization's most prestigious honor. Dr. Paulraj is a pioneer in MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) wireless technology, which relies on multiple radio antennas as both the transmitter and receiver to improve communications performance. An emeritus professor at Stanford University, where he supervises the Smart Antennas Research Group. He recently joined Broadcom through its acquisition of Beceem. Dr. Paulraj will continue as a senior technical advisor to Broadcom.

Dr. Paulraj is the author of two text books and more than 400 research papers and is an inventor on 50-plus U.S. patents. His IEEE recognitions include the Technical Achievement Award and several best paper awards. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and several other national academies in Sweden and India. He has also won more than a dozen national awards in India, including the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian awards. http://www.broadcom.com

Aricent offers "Total Testing" for Mobile

Aricent announced a "Total Testing" service aimed at telecom equipment manufacturers, communications service providers (CSPs), and mobile device makers. The service offers a specialized test facility in Newbury, United Kingdom, and highly qualified domain experts.

Vodafone UK is among the early users of the service.

The service is capable of testing 2G/2.5G/3G/3.5G networks. With this announcement, Aricent now provides comprehensive testing services for applications, mobile devices, and telecom equipment, including:

* Interoperability Testing: Testing for the interoperability of any network equipment element with access, backhaul, core and other applications in a real 2G/2.5G/3G/3.5G network

* Integration Testing: Ensuring complete integration of the equipment being tested with all 3rd party components that need to be directly connected in the core and access networks, as well as with external systems

* End-to-end Testing: Identification and evaluation of end-to-end key performance indicators (KPIs) in a live multi-vendor environment

* Device Certification: Network acceptance testing and certification, as international roaming capability testing of new mobile devices.

MetroPCS Launches LTE in San Francisco Bay Area

MetroPCS Communications launched its LTE service in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering plans starting at $55 per month including taxes and regulatory fees. Initially, METROPCS is providing Samsung Craft LTE handset with unlimited talk, text and enhanced entertainment and web browsing features.

MetroPCS now provides 4G LTE services in six metropolitan areas, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. MetroPCS has plans to expand its 4G services into more major metropolitan areas later this year and into early 2011, including Atlanta, Boston, Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Orlando, Sacramento and Tampa.

NTT Comm. Builds Low Latency, Trans-Pacific Data Connections

NTT America is supplying major commodity exchanges, investment firms, and hedge funds with low latency routes available for transpacific data connections. NTT America is now offering off-the-shelf services between Chicago and Tokyo, and New York City and Tokyo, as well as industry leading service level agreements (SLAs), including some of the lowest transpacific latency available in the industry. These data routes have proven critical in the success of high-frequency trading (HFT) and algorithmic trading for the financial markets and are available through NTT America via NTT Communications' acquisition of Pacific Crossing and the PC-1 transpacific cable system.

CERN Selects Brocade MLXe Core Routers

CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) has selected Brocade MLXe Core Routers as part of a network infrastructure upgrade to support its high throughput computing (HTC) requirements and a data environment that exceeds 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) per year.

CERN operates a distributed computing network called the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) with a current non-blocking capacity of the core is in the region of 4.2 Tbps, and has doubled in the last two years. CERN projects that its capacity will reach more than 10 Tbps in 2011.

CERN's network upgrade will include the full range of Brocade MLXe-32, MLXe-16 and MLXe-8 routers with 100 GbE capabilities.

"The origins of the universe have intrigued mankind for generations, and CERN's work is pivotal in furthering our understanding," stated Alberto Soto, vice president EMEA at Brocade. "The volumes of data generated by the LHC's experiments are mind-blowing, but the WLCG collaboration has developed an extremely efficient method of collecting and analysing this information. With the addition of the Brocade MLXe solution, CERN is future-proofing its network to ensure that it continues its work, and Brocade is delighted to be part of this journey."http://www.brocade.com
  • In September 2010, Brocade introduced its MLXe Core Router and 100 GbE blade designed to address the exponential traffic surge that carriers are experiencing worldwide. Significantly, Brocade said its MLXe routers, which will be offered in 4-, 8-, 16- and 32-slot configurations, enable new 100 GbE price/performance points that drive the 100G market forward for carrier core networks as well as next-generation virtualized data centers. The new 100 GbE blade also integrates with and operates across existing Brocade MLX, Brocade MLXe and NetIron XMR routers.

    The Brocade MLXe offers a 15.36 Terabits per second (Tbps) fabric, which is nine times the system capacity of competing routers. It provides four times the 100 GbE wire-speed density of existing systems, while its 4.8 billion packets per second performance provides five times the IPv6 forwarding capacity.

OIF Approves Security Agreement

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) approved a new Implementation Agreement (IA) for securing the control plane protocols specified in the OIF's UNI and E-NNI IAs. Specifically, the Security Extension for UNI and E-NNI 2.0 IA specifies an optional-to-implement profile of IPsec for securing the control plane. It defines a complete, high-quality, interoperable system to secure all control plane traffic exchanged between two network elements. It also defines additional security services and mechanisms that implementations can include for fine-grained control of security.

In addition, members elected new working group chairs and board members. Newly elected to the OIF board of directors are Vishnu Shukla of Verizon, Lyndon Ong of Ciena, and Torsten Wuth of Nokia Siemens Networks. Shukla will serve as the vice president, Ong as the vice president of marketing and Wuth as a board member.

The membership re-elected Martha Fratt of AT&T and Ghani Abbas of Ericsson as board members. Fratt will continue her role as the OIF treasurer/secretary.

Jim Jones of Alcatel-Lucent, an existing board member, will serve as the new president of the OIF. Rounding out the board of directors is Jeff Hutchins of Cisco Systems who continues to serve as a board member.

Newly elected working group chairs are Remi Theillaud of Marben Products as Architecture and Signaling Working Group chair and Tom Palkert of Luxtera as Physical and Link Layer Interoperability Working Group chair. Torsten Wuth was re-elected as the Physical Layer User Group chair.

GENBAND Opens in Ireland

GENBAND will establish an International Headquarters and Business Services Centre in Galway, Ireland. The expansion represents an EUR 8 million investment by the company and will create more than 100 new jobs. GENBAND's decision is supported by the Irish Government with the aid of IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency).

ASSIA Licenses its DSL Phantom Mode Technology

ASSIA Inc. is making available licenses to essential patents for DSL Phantom Mode Technology. DSL Phantom Mode significantly increases the speeds of DSL services provided over multiple copper pairs.

The key ASSIA invention that makes Phantom Mode communication practical is the DSL modems' discrimination between the deliberate phantom communication signals and the resultant undesirable crosstalk that these phantoms create through electromagnetic (radio) coupling between the pairs of wires. ASSIA's inventors discovered that this crosstalk could be removed by the application of vectoring, making Phantom Mode communication practical.

"Recent Phantom Mode product announcements, advertising speeds of more than 800 Mbps, substantiate the importance of this technology, which ASSIA developed some years ago," said Dr. John Cioffi, ASSIA's Chairman and CEO. Major DSL vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia Siemens Networks, have recently demonstrated or announced Phantom Mode products.

Sonera Activates LTE in Turku, Finland

TeliaSonera launched LTE services in Turku, Finland with an expansion being set for Helsinki. The LTE network in Finland will use two frequencies: 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz. In the first phase, only modems for the 2.6 GHz band will be available, although the carrier expects multiple modems operating in both frequencies by spring 2011.

TeliaSonera's 4G network boasts a top theoretical downlink speed of 100 Mbps and under normal circumstances 20-80 Mbps.

Verizon Wireless Launches LTE on December 5th

Verizon Wireless will activate commercial services over its LTE network on Sunday, December 5, 2010. The network is initially launching in 38 major metropolitan areas and in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast -- at both airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities. Street level coverage area maps will be available online on Dec. 5.

Verizon Wireless' primary 4G LTE network vendors, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, are providing the underlying infrastructure for the 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

Verizon Wireless customers can choose from two 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans: $50 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance or $80 monthly access for 10 GB monthly allowance, both with $10/GB overage. For laptop connectivity, two 4G LTE USB modems will be initially available: the LG VL600 is available at launch and the Pantech UML290 will be available soon, each $99.99 after $50 rebate with a new two-year agreement. Both USB modems provide backward-compatibility with Verizon Wireless' 3G network. If laptop users travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, they will automatically stay connected on the company's 3G network. The first LTE handset are expected by mid-year 2011.

Average LTE data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

Markets covered by the initial Verizon Wireless LTE launch include:


  • Akron, Ohio

  • Athens, Georgia

  • Atlanta, Georgia

  • Baltimore, Maryland

  • Boston, Massachusetts

  • Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Chicago, Illinois

  • Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Cleveland, Ohio

  • Columbus, Ohio

  • Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas

  • Denver, Colorado

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Houston, Texas

  • Jacksonville, Florida

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Los Angeles, California

  • Miami, Florida

  • Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • Nashville, Tennessee

  • New Orleans, Louisiana

  • New York, New York

  • Oakland, California

  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Orlando, Florida

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Phoenix, Arizona

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Rochester, New York

  • San Antonio, Texas

  • San Diego, California

  • San Francisco, California

  • San Jose, California

  • Seattle/Tacoma, Washington

  • St. Louis, Missouri

  • Tampa, Florida

  • Washington, D.C.

  • West Lafayette, Indiana

  • West Palm Beach, Florida



Verizon: Congress Should Decide Internet Rules

In response to FCC Chairman Genachowski's Internet rules proposal, Verizon said it supports the goal of an "open and free Internet" and that it has publicly embraced non-discrimination obligations for both its wireline and wireless broadband Internet access services.

Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications:

"The only issue is the extent to which the FCC should regulate in this area. In this fast-moving marketplace, inappropriate regulation can be very harmful to consumers, companies, and the ability of this industry to create jobs, provide new services, and be an engine for economic growth. That is why it is so important that policymakers get this right.

"In tackling this issue, the FCC is hamstrung by an antiquated communications statute. That's why this issue should be addressed by Congress. Verizon has consistently called on Congress to update and reform the statute and adopt public policies that will encourage an open Internet, as well as promote investment and innovation across the Internet marketplace.

"If the FCC decides to act on the net neutrality issue, we urge the commissioners to recognize the limitations of the current statute and the rapidly changing conditions in the marketplace and make any rules it adopts interim, rather than permanent. Specifically, the commission should consider the framework of the Waxman proposal, including its sunset provision. The FCC's authority to act in this area is uncertain, and Congress has indicated a strong interest in addressing this issue; interim rules would encourage congressional action, while showing appropriate deference to Congress."http://www.verizon.com

PARC Spins out PowerCloud Systems

PARC (Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated) has spun out its latest start-up -- PowerCloudSystems, which is initially focusing on offering cloud-managed networking solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Walden Venture Capital and Javelin Venture Partners are joining PARC as investors in the company.

PowerCloud Systems will provide its cloud-based technology to OEM vendors. The company builds on intellectual property developed at PARC, including two exclusive and eight shared patents in areas ranging from cloud-virtualized network controllers to "usable security." Usable security marries PARC's technological expertise about security with the behavioral realities of how people manage security in various contexts of use.

PowerCloud Systems' management team includes Jeff Abramowitz, who came to PARC as an entrepreneur in residence and conceived PowerCloud systems. Abramowitz will serve as president and chief executive officer of PowerCloud Systems. Andrea Peiro will serve as vice president of product development and marketing.
  • PARC, a Xerox company, has a 40 year legacy in technology innovation.

Cisco to Acquire LineSider for Net Mgt. Software

Cisco agreed to acquire LineSider Technologies, a start-up specializing in network management software for cloud computing. Financial terms of the transaction are undisclosed.

LineSider's software creates an abstraction layer help customers organize their network resources into a flexible cloud infrastructure. This abstraction layer enables provisioning and deployment of numerous individual network components much more quickly than previously possible. The policy-based approach automatically responds to pre-determined business scenarios and provides maximum performance across networking products and service delivery platforms.

Cisco said LineSider's technology will strengthen its ability to work with a broad community of software partners, particularly within the service management space. Upon the close of the acquisition, the LineSider team will become part of Cisco's NMTG.
  • LineSider is based in Danvers, Mass. The company is headed by Harley Stowell, who previously was CEO of PfN Technologies, a leading developer of IP network software and VPN systems for enterprise and network service provider markets. /li>

FCC Chairman Moves Forward with Internet Regulation Proposal

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is moving forward with a new set of Internet traffic rules that will be brought to a commission vote on December 21. The proposal would resolve that statutory uncertainty that currently exists regarding Net Neutrality by granting the FCC new powers to enforce Internet traffic management rules. Genachowski said the framework would establish "basic rules of the road to preserve the open Internet as
a platform for innovation, investment, competition, and free expression." Three of the FCC commissioners are Democrats and two are Republicans, implying that the proposal should pass if the vote splits along partisan lines.

In a statement, Genachowski said his proposed Internet rules would embody several core principles:

1. Transparency -- consumers have a right to know basic information about the broadband service they are purchasing. Innovators also have right to information they need to make smart choices about subscribing to or using a broadband network, or how to develop the next killer app. Service Providers have an obligation to provide such information.

2. Consumers and innovators have a right to send and receive lawful Internet traffic -- to go where they want and say what they want online, and to use the devices of their choice. The proposed framework would prohibit the blocking of lawful content, apps, services, and the connection of non-harmful devices to the network.

3. Consumers and innovators have a right to a level playing field. No central authority, public or private, should have the power to pick which ideas or companies win or lose on the Internet; that's the role of the market and the marketplace of ideas. The proposed framework includes a bar on unreasonable discrimination in transmitting lawful network traffic. The proposed framework also recognizes that broadband providers must have the ability and investment incentives to build out and run their networks.

Genachowski's proposal acknowledges that broadband providers need meaningful flexibility to manage their networks -- for example, to deal with traffic that's harmful to the network or unwanted by users, and to address
the effects of congestion. The proposal will allow for "reasonable network management.

Regarding mobile broadband, the proposal sets forth requirements for transparency and a basic no blocking rule. Under the framework, the FCC would closely monitor the development of the mobile broadband market and be prepared to step in to further address anti-competitive or anti-consumer conduct as appropriate.
  • FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell issued a statement blasting Genachowski's proposal: "Such rules would upend three decades of bipartisan and international consensus that the Internet is best able to thrive in the absence of regulation. Pushing a small group of hand-picked industry players toward a “choice�? between a bad option (Title I Internet regulation) or a worse option (regulating the Internet like a monopoly
    phone company under Title II) smacks more of coercion than consensus or compromise. This “agreement�? has been extracted in defiance of not only the courts, but a large, bipartisan majority of Congress as well. Both have admonished the FCC not to reach beyond its statutory powers to regulate Internet access. By choosing this highly interventionist course, the Commission is ignoring the will of the elected representatives of the American people."

Monday, November 29, 2010

FCC Proposes to Auction TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband

The FCC is proposing voluntary broadcast spectrum auctions to boost mobile broadband services. Specifically, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted by the FCC today proposes that wireless broadband providers have equal access to television broadcast frequencies that could become available in spectrum auctions. The Notice seeks comment on establishing new allocations for both fixed and mobile wireless services in the TV broadcast bands.

The Notice also explores enabling TV stations to voluntarily combine their operations and distinct programming lineups on a single TV channel. The Notice requests comment on the proposed rules that would enable TV broadcasters to opt to share channels by further tapping the technical capabilities that became available following the nation's historic transition to digital television in 2009. Finally, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on steps that would improve TV reception on the VHF channels (2-13), such as by increasing transmitting power and establishing minimum performance standards for indoor antennas.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated: "The roughly 300 MHz of spectrum in the TV bands is among the most robust available. Beachfront property. The transition to digital made it possible to transmit over-the-air broadcast programming using less spectrum than before. While some stations are seizing the opportunity to
offer multicast streams or mobile TV that serve the public interest, others are not."

"We might think of the steady stream of broadcast DTV transmissions as trains with fixed number of boxcars delivering digital content -- but many of the boxcars are empty. This spectrum is too valuable -- and our spectrum needs too great -- for it to be used inefficiently. Especially given that less than 10% of Americans receive broadcast television only through over-the- air spectrum signals."http://www.fcc.gov

Motorola Sets Separation Date for January 4, 2011

Motorola Mobility Holdings will separate from Motorola, Inc. through a tax-free dividend involving the distribution of all Motorola Mobility common stock held by Motorola to Motorola stockholders prior to market open on January 4, 2011. The company also approved a reverse stock split of shares of Motorola common stock following the distribution. Motorola stockholders of record will receive 1 share of Motorola Mobility common stock for every 8 shares of Motorola common stock they hold. Immediately following the distribution of Motorola Mobility common stock to Motorola stockholders, Motorola will effect a 1-for-7 reverse stock split of Motorola common stock, which will become effective prior to the market open on Jan. 4, 2011. http://www.motorola.com

Level 3 - Comcast Spat Continues

In a letter to the FCC, Comcast defended its decision to begin charging a fee to Level 3 Communications for delivering online video content to Comcast broadband subscribers. Comcast described the dispute as peering issue involving unequal volumes of traffic.

In response, John Ryan, Assistant Chief Legal Officer of Level 3 Communications, issued the following statement:

"It is regrettable that Comcast has sought to portray this simply as a commercial disagreement or a peering dispute... The fundamental issue is not whether Comcast sends more traffic to Level 3 or whether Level 3 sends more traffic to Comcast. Both Level 3 and Comcast are responding to the requests of Comcast's subscribers, who want to be free to see and use the full suite of content and applications that are available on the Internet today and in the future. Level 3 wants to assure that freedom is preserved.

"Instead, the fundamental issue is whether Comcast, as the largest cable company in the country with absolute control over access to its cable TV and broadband access subscribers, has the right to unilaterally set a 'price' for that access that effectively discriminates against competitors of Comcast's cable and Xfinity content.

FCC Proposes "Program License" to Boost Wireless Research

The FCC launched two proceedings aimed at supporting research and development of wireless technologies.

The first proceeding seeks to expand the FCC's existing Experimental Radio Service rules by offering a new type of
license, called a "program license," which would give qualified entities broad authority to conduct research without the need to seek new approval for each individual experiment.

The Commission proposed three types of program licenses:

Research license: This would allow universities, laboratories, and other qualified research
institutions to conduct experiments over a wide variety of frequencies and other operating

Innovation Zone license: This would identify discrete geographic areas -- generally relatively
remote locations -- where researchers could conduct a wide range of experiments.

Medical license: This would allow medical institutions to innovate and develop new devices that
can save lives, have a significant impact on reducing medical costs for consumers, and provide
new treatment options for wounded service men and women.

The proposed rules would also expand opportunities for researchers and manufacturers to conduct market trials as part of product development.

The second proceeding examines how "dynamic access" radios and techniques -- which use technology to squeeze the most use out of available spectrum - - can provide more intensive and efficient use of spectrum. The Commission seeks comment on how to advance these technologies, whether by creating test-beds or modifying spectrum management practices and policies for future uses of both licensed and unlicensed devices and services. The Notice of Inquiry specifically seeks feedback on the usefulness of the model recently adopted for
television white spaces devices for providing access to other spectrum bands. The Commission also asks
whether spectrum sensing is, or could become, a viable technology for providing dynamic access in
certain frequency bands. The NOI seeks comment on whether dynamic access technologies and
techniques can be used in conjunction with current FCC secondary market policies to increase spectrum
use. Finally, the NOI asks whether the Commission's "Spectrum Dashboard" could be enhanced to better
utilize the potential of dynamic access technologies. The Spectrum Dashboard tracks how spectrum
licenses are used around the country and the availability of spectrum locally.

360networks Selects Juniper Networks

360 networks -- a facilities-based wholesaler of communications services -- has selected Juniper Networks' Junos Space, Ethernet routers and switches. Specifically, 360networks deployed Juniper Networks MX480 3D Universal Edge Routers, powered by the Junos operating system, at multiple POPs in its next-generation IP network for dense dedicated access aggregation and provider edge services. 360networks also selected Juniper Networks EX4200 Ethernet Switches with virtual chassis fabric technology for low-speed aggregation to the MX480 routers, to deliver a scalable high-performance next-generation network.

In addition, 360networks is using Space is an open, programmable network application platform that includes a portfolio of network infrastructure automation applications, including Junos Space Route Insight Manager, J-Care Agility Services and Junos Space Service Now. Route Insight Manager enables network-wide visualization and monitoring to help 360networks manage rapid planning, troubleshooting and change simulation for its L3 IP/MPLS networks. Route Insight Manager also records all routing changes network-wide and allows historical replay for condition analysis. 360networks uses Service Now to reduce mean time between failures and mean time to repair. Additionally, Juniper's J-Care Agility Services are customized network analysis services that help 360networks evolve its network efficiently and effectively as its business changes.

Ralink Launches Mobile Wi-Fi Chips

Ralink Technology announced its entry into the mobile Wi-Fi market with the introduction of the RT8180 for cellular phones and the RT3180 and RT3680 for portable consumer electronics products. The RT3180 and RT3680, which are highly integrated 2.4GHz and dual-band 802.11n WLAN chips for high performance portable consumer electronics, integrate a host of mobile specific functionality including high-performance power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, and various other front-end components. The RT8180 is a low cost, single chip Wi-Fi solution architected specifically for mobile phone applications. This device contains a 150Mbps 802.11n media access controller (MAC) and baseband, a high-performance 19dBm 2.4GHz radio and power amplifier, a low noise amplifier, an integrated transmit/receive switch with support for 2-antenna diversity that improves range and reliability, a mobile-centric SDIO 2.0 interface, integrated RAM and ROM memory, and an embedded power management unit. It also features 100 percent host CPU offload capability, per-packet antenna diversity technology, power management optimizations, support for Wake on Wireless LAN, and other radio/baseband enhancements for Wi-Fi in mobile phones.

Qualcomm and Ericsson Demo 2.3 GHz LTE TDD in India

Wireless Broadband Business Services Private Limited, one of Qualcomm India LTE Venture entities, and Ericsson have demonstrated LTE TDD mobility at 2.3 GHz in an outdoor environment in India. This demonstration is part of Qualcomm's previously stated plan for its LTE Venture to accelerate the deployment of LTE in concert with 3G to drive the growth of mobile broadband in India.

The demonstration live streamed multiple high-definition video feeds to a mobile van in the Gurgaon area, showing a seamless hand off between base stations while maintaining session continuity. The demonstration was carried out by using Radio Access Network (RAN) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solutions from Ericsson, and USB dongles based on Qualcomm's MDM9x00 multimode chipset that supports both LTE and 3G.

Qualcomm won one slot of 20 MHz TDD spectrum in India's 2.3 GHz band covering the key telecom circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala in the BWA auction earlier this year. In July 2010, Qualcomm announced Global Holding Corporation and Tulip Telecom as initial shareholders for its India LTE Venture.


SingTel Deploys Amdocs for its exPress Portal

SingTel has deployed Amdocs software for its new exPress Portal, which provides fiber broadband subscribers with direct access to all their email accounts and social networks, enabling them to update their status or upload a photo to multiple social networks at once. The portal also stores and shares subscribers' photos, offers video chat and access to SingTel's multi-media video, music and other assets. Amdocs deployed the portal's software system, designed its universal interface and integrated it with external third parties.

AT&T Enhances Stadium Coverage with DAS

AT&T has installed a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to expand its mobile broadband coverage at Turner Field in Atlanta. DAS has the ability to provide enhanced wireless coverage to customers in indoor or outdoor spaces where geographical limitations -- terrain, building construction, etc. -- or crowd density might otherwise prevent an optimal wireless experience.

AT&T noted that it has invested nearly $7.3 million in DAS projects in Georgia through the first three quarters of 2010.

Dell'Oro: Wireless Packet Core Market Expands in Q3

The Wireless Packet Core market grew 27 percent in the third quarter of this year versus the same quarter last year, marking the first year-over-year revenue increase for the market in 2010, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The growth was due in large part to Chinese operators beginning to aggressively invest in their packet core networks after exhausting initial capacity, and, in the case of China Unicom, also preparing for the introduction of a highly popular smartphone, the iPhone 4.

According to the report, Huawei and ZTE achieved strong market share gains in the third quarter. Specifically, Huawei ended the third quarter with 31 percent of the market, up from 23 percent in the second quarter, while ZTE grew from 9 percent in the second quarter to 12 percent in the third quarter.

"We expect continued volatility in quarterly vendor share results," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "Although Huawei and ZTE benefited in the third quarter because of the growth in China, we expect Ericsson, Nokia Siemens and Cisco will benefit in the fourth quarter as the market shifts towards North America. We anticipate that North American operators will be preparing for greater uptake of smartphones and tablet devices during the holiday season, and as the operators exhaust their annual capital budgets," added Collins.

AT&T's Green Fleet Deploys 2,000th CNG Vehicle

AT&T announced the deployment of the 2,000th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle in its corporate vehicle fleet -- a Ford E250 van deployed in San Leandro, California. This milestone is part of a $565 million planned investment announced in March 2009 to replace approximately 15,000 fleet vehicles with alternative-fuel models through 2018. Currently, the AT&T corporate fleet includes more than 75,900 vehicles.

Huawei to Build 80 X 40G National Backbone for China Mobile

Huawei confirmed a contract to build an 80×40G WDM national backbone network for China Mobile. Upon its completion, the network wavelength capacity will be upgraded from 10G to 40G, which will enable China Mobile to offer more ultra-broadband services and bring an enriched service experience to its subscribers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In June 2010, China Mobile issued a call for bids for its Shanghai-Nanjing-Hangzhou 40G national backbone network project. This project is the first trial of an OTN (optical transport network) national backbone in China and it covers core areas in the Yangtze River delta, including Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hangzhou.

Ericsson Shows Advanced Modulation Approach for 100G

A research team at Ericsson, in cooperation with a Swedish ICT research company, has now completed a field trial of 100G using advanced modulation and detection techniques. The trial achieved 112 Gbps on a single optical wavelength over an 824 km installed fiber route between Stockholm and Hudiksvall without touching any equipment on the path. The used fiber link was looped back for a total of 12 spans.

Ericsson said the trial demonstrated advanced techniques such as dual-polarization 16-QAM modulation and coherent detection combined with sub-carrier multiplexing in the electronic domain. The tests involved broadband radio technology that enabled a substantial increase in utilization of the inherent capacity potential of the fiber. Moreover, thanks to the leveraging on electronics integration, the number and complexity of optical components can be reduced and thereby saving cost.

Vinai Sirkay, Head of Ericsson's Product Line Metro/Optical says: "This trial is proving our commitment to the optical space, showing our continuous development of our flexible and resilient DWDM solutions. We see big operator interest in upgrading existing 10Gbps solutions to 40Gbps and find this type of upgrade vital to support the massive broadband expansion right now."http://www.ericsson.com

India's Reliance and Ericsson Showcase LTE-TDD

Reliance has conducted a trial of LTE-TDD with Ericsson using the 2.3 GHz (Indian BWA) band. The trial was conducted at the Reliance Corporate Park, Navi Mumbai. The group is developing its iconic campus which is on course of becoming the nerve center for RIL's ambitious growth plan in promoting next generation mobile broadband service on Pan-India basis.

The companies said the trial achieved balanced peak rates of 80 Mbps in the downlink and 20 Mbps in the uplink.for the specified configuration/setup. The eco system capabilities were also showcased using ST-Ericsson dongles connected over the air to the base station. Full mobility with flawless delivery of applications such as HD Multimedia Streaming, LIVE TV was demonstrated with on-the-move speeds of 50 and 70 kilometers per hour as well as a seamless handover among the number of LTE Base Station Sectors.

Reliance said it looks forward to leveraging on the pilot to set up a commercial network that will build on a globally standardized eco-system and technology that offers immense potential for a wide spectrum of end-user offerings.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Huawei Wins LTE TDD Contract in Poland

Aero2, a wholesale mobile broadband operator in Poland, has selected Huawei to deploy a commercial LTE TDD network. The contract covers Huawei's end-to-end LTE TDD/EPC (Evolved Packet Core) solution. The network will become operational in early 2011. Huawei said this represents the world's first commercial LTE TDD deployment.

Aero 2 has 900 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses.

"This milestone demonstrates that LTE TDD technology is already mature, stable and reliable for large-scale deployment," said Ying Weimin, President of LTE Network, Huawei. "Based on Huawei's LTE unified platform supporting both LTE FDD and LTE TDD, we are confident that the network will contribute to Areo2's success in the mobile broadband era."http://www.huawei.com

Slovenia's Tusmobil Picks NSN for HSPA+ Running IPv6 and Direct Tunnel

Tusmobil, a mobile operator in Slovenia, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks for migrating to an all-IP, HSPA+ network on the 900 MHz frequency band. The upgrade will use NSN's Flexi Multiradio Base Station, FlexiPacket Microwave and complete IP-backhaul platform.

"This is a landmark project, since it marks the complete shift to an all-IP network including IPv6 and Direct Tunnel for the first time in the world," said Fotios Samelis, account manager from Nokia Siemens Networks.

Juniper Releases SRX1400 Data Center Security Gateway

Juniper Networks released its SRX1400 security gateway designed for small to mid-size enterprise, service provider and mobile operator data centers. The SRX1400 delivers security at scale against a variety of attacks and unauthorized access on critical infrastructure, including the internet connection on the Gi interface, roaming exchanges and signaling networks. The platform, which features separate control and data planes, combines carrier-class resiliency with advanced inspection and protection capabilities developed specifically for mobile networks and applications.

Data center, enterprise and service provider security services include: stateful inspection of IPv4, IPv6, Streams Control Transmission Protocol, IPsec VPN, SSL decryption, IP and GTP hardware assisted Quality of Service, dynamic and virtual routing, AppSecure, Network Address Translation and application level gateways for IPv4 and v6, SCTP and GTP protocols.

The SRX1400 is available now and starts at $30K.

AT&T U-verse Carries HBO GO, MAX GO Online Programming

AT&T U-verse TV customers now have full access to HBOGO.com and MAXGO.com, the online video portals backed by HBO and Cinemax. The online video destinations feature more than 1,200 hours of streamed programming. Viewers must subscribe to the HBO and/or Cinemax cable offerings in order to get the online access.

Mellanox to Acquire Voltaire for $176 Million

Mellanox Technologies agreed to acquire Voltaire Ltd., a provider of scale-out data center fabrics, for $8.75 per share, or a total equity value of approximately $218 million ($176 million net of cash).

Voltaire offers a family of server and storage fabric switches and advanced management software. These products are included in server and blade offerings from Bull, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, NEC and SGI. Founded in 1997, Voltaire is headquartered in Ra'anana, Israel and Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Mellanox Technologies is a supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage that optimize data center performance. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam, Israel.

The combined businesses currently have approximately 700 employees and achieved revenues of $217 million for the twelve months ended Sept. 30, 2010.

Mellanox said the deal will enhance its market position as a leading provider of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage systems. The combination will also help Mellanox achieve meaningful revenue and cost synergies over time, with estimated, annualized cost synergies of at least $10 million by the end of 2012.
Mellanox expects to run the combined business from both companies' current offices located in Israel, the United States and around the world. Further, Mellanox intends to retain both companies' existing product lines and will converge such lines in future product generations to ensure continuity for customers and partners of both companies.

O3b Secures Funding for Global Ka-band Satellite Network

O3b Networks has secured the US$1.2 billion in financing need to advance to the next phase in its global, broadband satellite venture. The total funding now comprises a US$510m Coface-backed Senior Debt Facility provided by HSBC, ING, CA-CIB and Dexia; a US$115m Senior Debt Facility and a US$145m Mezzanine Facility provided by HSBC Principal Investments, DBSA, AFDB, DEG, Proparco, FMO, IFC and EAIF*; and US$410m in equity financing, of which US$230m is new equity investment.

The additional equity is being provided by a group of existing shareholders that includes Google, North Bridge Venture Partners and Allen & Company, with SES, Liberty Global and HSBC Principal Investments taking the leading role. New investors include the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina and Satya Capital. With this final round of funding, SES will become the largest minority shareholder of O3b Networks and will provide in-kind services, including commercial and engineering expertise.

O3b stands for the "Other 3 billion", a reference to nearly half of the world's population that is not adequately served with broadband internet access.

O3b's satellites will be placed in orbit 8,000 kilometers from the earth, four times closer to the planet than regular geostationary satellites, for low latency.

Thales Alenia Space is currently constructing O3b's first eight medium earth orbit Ka-band satellites. Arianespace has been chosen as the launch partner. ViaSat will provide the teleport and trunking product customer terminals.

O3b anticipates first commercial services in the first half of 2013.

PMC-Sierra Intros High Density Dual Channel 6Gb/s SERDES

PMC-Sierra introduced its "SynthePHY" family of integrated dual channel 6Gb/s SERDES and programmable clock synthesizers for wireless infrastructure radio designs. The SynthePHY products offer 30 clock outputs that can be programmed over a wide frequency band, ranging from 3MHz to 1.6GHz and meet the phase noise performance required by multi-carrier GSM, WCDMA and LTE systems.

PMC-Sierra said its SynthePHY replaces up to four components by integrating dual 6Gb/s SERDES, jitter cleaner, on-chip voltage controlled oscillator, clock synthesizer and 30 programmable clock drivers (Fig. 1). It requires only 2200mW to operate all functions at their maximum rates. The high integration and low power of SynthePHY make it suitable for rack-mounted radios, as well as remote radio units where size and power are highly constrained.

Level 3: Comcast Raises Toll Booth for Internet Video

Level 3 Communications is accusing Comcast of "raising a toll booth" for Internet movies. Last week, Comcast informed Level 3 that it will begin charging a recurring fee to Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast's customers who request such content. Level 3 said it has agreed to this unilateral demand under duress, only because it was a "take it or leave it" demand from Comcast.

Comcast did not immediately respond to Level 3's accusation, but the recent Netflix deal, under which Level 3 will act as its primary content delivery network, is likely to lead to a surge of new traffic from Level 3 to Comcast. According to media reports, this could be lead to a 5:1 traffic ratio and Level 3's own policy has been to negotiate a settlement fee when peering exchanges are out of balance.

In a press statement, Thomas Stortz, Chief Legal Officer of Level 3, said:

"On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that, for the first time, it will demand a recurring fee from Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast's customers who request such content. By taking this action, Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content. This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access markets as the nation's largest cable provider.

"On November 22, after being informed by Comcast that its demand for payment was "take it or leave it," Level 3 agreed to the terms, under protest, in order to ensure customers did not experience any disruptions.

"While the network neutrality debate in Washington has focused on what actions a broadband access provider might take to filter, prioritize or manage content requested by its subscribers, Comcast's decision goes well beyond this. With this action, Comcast is preventing competing content from ever being delivered to Comcast's subscribers at all, unless Comcast's unilaterally-determined toll is paid -- even though Comcast's subscribers requested the content. With this action, Comcast demonstrates the risk of a ‘closed' Internet, where a retail broadband Internet access provider decides whether and how their subscribers interact with content.
  • Earlier in November, Level 3 Communications confirmed that it was selected to serve as the primary content delivery network (CDN) provider for Netflix. Financial terms were not disclosed. As a result of the deal, Level 3 announced further investment in its CDN capacity. Level 3 will double its storage capacity and add 2.9 Terabits per second (Tbps) of globally available CDN capacity. This is in addition to the 1.65 Tbps that was deployed in the third quarter of 2010. In addition to supporting Netflix for streaming movies and TV shows, Level 3 will store the entire Netflix streaming library of more than 20,000 titles. Over the course of November and December, the two companies will move the library to storage with Level 3 in preparation for serving traffic beginning Jan. 1, 2011.

New Video: Service Provider Content Delivery Networks

Should Service Providers develop and deploy their own content delivery networks? Here's a two-minute look at how Service Providers can leverage on-net CDNs to break the cycle of broadband commoditization. Presented by Alcatel-Lucent's Lindsay Newell.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

EIB Grants EUR 150 Million Loan to Magyar Telekom

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a loan of EUR 150 million to Magyar Telekom to further develop telecommunications infrastructure in Hungary. The money will be used to co-finance the development of Magyar Telekom's mobile networks -- 3G and LTE, and fixed line telecoms infrastructure (Next Generation Access, copper, cable) over the period 2010 -- 2013.

Deutsche Telekom is the parent company of Magyar Telekom.
  • In 2008 the European Investment Bank provided a loan of EUR 200 million to Magyar Telekom to finance the upgrading and development of mobile networks.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ariane 5 Launches Two Communications Satellites

Arianespace launched two communications satellites using its heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket: Intelsat 17 and HYLAS 1.

Intelsat 17 is a 5,500-kg. satellite built by Space Systems/Loral and carrying 25 Ku-band and 24 C-band transponders. The satellite will be positioned at an orbital slot of 66 deg. East, delivering a range of communications services for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. It will replace the Intelsat 702 satellite.

HYLAS 1 is the first satellite lofted by Arianespace for Avanti Communications of the UK. HYLAS 1 carries 8 Ka-band beam transponders for delivering high speed, two-way data services across Europe. The satellite will be positioned at 33.5 deg. West. The Ka-band earth stations for HYLAS 1 are located at Goonhilly and Lands End, Cornwall UK. HYLAS also offers a Ku-band broadcast capability. HYLAS 1 was designed and built by EADS Astrium in partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation. Avanti's second satellite called HYLAS 2 is fully funded and will launch in Q2 2012. It will extend Avanti's coverage to Africa and the Middle East. HYLAS 3 is currently in design.

This launch was the 54th mission for the Ariane 5 vehicle and the 198th flight of an Ariane family launcher.

Hong Kong's CSL Launches LTE/DC-HSPA+ Network

Hong Kong's CSL Limited (CSL), which is a subsidiary of Telstra, launched commercial services over its new LTE/DC-HSPA+ network. Business services are initially being offered while consumer services will be launched in Q1 2011. CSL said its network is capable of peak downlink speeds of 100 Mbps with low latency and full coverage across Hong Kong. ZTE is a key partner for the rollout.

For corporate and professional services, the LTE/DC-HSPA+ network will deliver mobile office, mobile HD video conferencing, mobile real-time monitoring, mobile interactive marketing and advertising, and mobile real-time imaging for tele-healthcare. The company also expects its LTE/DC-HSPA+ network will unleash the power of cloud computing.

"CSL is proud to be the pioneer of the world's first LTE/DC-HSPA+ network, which will ensure we continue to go beyond expectations, delivering the best coverage and user experience in Hong Kong while meeting the rapidly increasing demand for mobile data driven by the proliferation of smartphone and tablet devices," said Joseph O'Konek, Chief Executive Officer, CSL Limited. "This revolutionary technology represents a quantum leap into a whole new era of mobile broadband for business and entertainment, putting Hong Kong at the forefront of global
telecommunications innovation," he added.

"We are very proud of the work we have done together with CSL to be here today for the successful launch of the world‟s first LTE/DC-HSPA+ network in Hong Kong. As CSL's strategic partner, ZTE has proudly supported CSL in developing and deploying LTE and HSPA+ wireless technologies. Hong Kong‟s unique density and geography have made it one of the world's most challenging environments in which to deploy a large-scale wireless network. ZTE‟s extensive experience and leading R&D capabilities allowed us to provide CSL a solution that delivers exceptional network performance to all its customers," said Weigui Hou, Chairman of ZTE Corporation.

Australia's NBN Co Publishes Business Case Analysis

Australia's NBN Co published a 36-page business case document that sets out its key objectives and priorities over the next three years. The paper, which is based on detailed engineering, financial and business analysis conducted over the past 12 months, examines the process of designing, building and operating the National Broadband Network (‘NBN') and achieving the Government's objective of providing affordable superfast broadband to all Australians through structural reform in the Australian telecommunications industry.

NBN Co's charter is to build the next gen access network and then to provide Layer 2 wholesale services only. Larger retail service providers are expected to acquire Layer 2 products from NBN Co and use their own infrastructure to provide retail services to their customers. The fixed network will be supplemented by wireless and satellite technologies capable of delivering 12 Mbps or better to remote parts of Australia.

In its paper, NBN Co sets out the following four objectives:

1. The network should be designed to provide an open access, wholesale only, national network, covering all premises;

2. The technologies utilised should be fibre to 93 percent of premises (including Greenfields developments), fixed wireless to 4 percent of premises (delivering at least 12Mbps), and satellite to 3 percent of premises;

3. The pricing principles to be employed should ensure uniform, national wholesale pricing accessible on non-discriminatory terms; and

4. The network expected rate of return should be in excess of current public debt rates.

NBN Co. expects its total capital spending for the rollout will be AUS 35.7 billion.

Based on take up and speed usage growth assumptions, NBN Co. anticipates being able to reduce real prices for all products and nominal prices for all products, except the basic service offering, while maintaining an internal rate of return above the Government long-term bond rate.

In December, NBN Co. is hoping to finalise negotiations with on Telstra on the decommissioning of copper and hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) networks and its infrastructure usage plans. Then in April 2011, NBN Co. anticipates launching its first customer trial on the mainland with a retail service provider partner.

Portugal Telecom Tests 100 Gbps with Alcatel-Lucent

Portugal Telecom has tested a 100 Gbps connection, between Lisbon and Oporto, demonstrating end-to-end optical/IP 100G connectivity across an existing active DWDM link covering over 400 km.

The tests used optical transmission and switching and routing IP/MPLS equipment from Alcatel-Lucent, including its 1626 Light Manager enhanced with 100G next-generation coherent technology and the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router, equipped with 100GE cards for IP/MPLS routing and services.

Portugal Telecom recently reaffirmed its commitment to invest in its Optical Fiber network to the customer home with the objective of covering another 600,000 houses in addition to the over one million homes already serviced by the network. Once complete, PT's fiber network will reach over 50% of homes in Portugal.

"The upgrading of service provider networks to 100G will be a major focus and business area for several years to come and these speeds will become the new currency of IP and optical networks," said Adolfo Hernandez, president of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in EMEA. "This demonstration brings to light the years of investment PT has made on future proof optical and IP infrastructure which is compatible with today's 100G technology. In seizing today's opportunity with PT, Alcatel-Lucent shows it is in a unique and enviable position bringing together the most tightly integrated, broadest range of high speed solutions across optics and IP in the industry."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Indonesia's AXIS Outsources Mobile Net Management to Ericsson

AXIS awarded a four-year contract to Ericsson to manage its handle network operations, field maintenance, and support services for its network serving greater Jakarta and Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Ericsson will support more than 3,000 radio base stations and approximately 8 million AXIS subscribers.

Mats Otterstedt, President of Ericsson Indonesia, says: "Indonesia is an important market for us. Our presence here dates back to 1907 and has played a significant role in the development of the country's telecommunications industry. In 2008, we entered a partnership with AXIS to build, operate and manage its new 3G/WCDMA network in Greater Jakarta. By extending and expanding this deal, we can continue to support AXIS in this rapidly growing market."http://www.ericsson.com
  • AXIS is backed by two prominent operators in Asia, Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Maxis Communications Berhad (Maxis), the leading mobile communications service provider in Malaysia.

EU: Growth in Fixed Line Broadband Slows as Mobile Takes Off

Growth in the number of fixed broadband lines across Europe is declining while the number of mobile broadband connections, especially in countries such as Finland, is accelerating, according to a new report from the European Commission with data from mid-year. Broadband take up continues to grow in the EU with 25.6 subscriptions for every 100 citizens (23.9 one year earlier). Between July 2009 and July 2010, the number of broadband lines throughout the EU grew by 8%, compared to an 11% growth of a year before. As of July 2010 there were around 128 million fixed broadband lines in the EU, with 9 million new lines added since July 2009. There are approximately 220 million households in the EU. The growth rates are slowing as the markets mature and reach saturation. The report also notes an early trend in fixed-to-mobile broadband substitution in countries such as Finland and Sweden.

Annual growth in mobile broadband is remarkable at 45%, with 6 mobile broadband dedicated access devices (usb-keys or dongles) per 100 citizens.

Neelie Kroes, Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, said "Fast broadband is digital oxygen, essential for Europe's prosperity and well-being. Take up and available speeds are improving, but we need to do more to reach our very fast broadband targets. In particular, we need urgent agreement on our proposal to ensure radio spectrum is available for mobile broadband, for which demand is growing very fast."

Some highlights of the report:

The average speed of broadband connections is improving. In July 2010, 29% of EU broadband lines had speeds of at least 10 Mbps (up from 15% one year earlier). About 5% of lines in the EU have average speeds at or above 30 Mbps (only 0.5% at or above 100 Mbps).

Nine EU countries (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Sweden and UK) have levels of broadband take up above the United States (US levels are 26.4 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, according to OECD May 2010 statistics). Greece and the Czech Republic made the best progress in the last year (measured by per capita growth).

DSL remains the most common technology to access broadband in Europe with 100 million lines, but its market share is declining in favour of higher-speed fibre architectures and cable with Docsis 3.0 . Total DSL coverage increased from 92.7% of population in December 2008 to 94% in December 2009, while rural coverage reached 80% of rural population by end 2009 as opposed to 76.6% a year ago. Only six member states have DSL coverage below 90%.

FTTH grew by 40% between July 2009 and July 2010, but currently only represents 1.7% of the total lines in Europe as it is present only in a handful of countries (notably Sweden, where 24% of broadband lines are FTTH). The biggest FTTH growth took place in Portugal (+154% in this period) followed by Latvia (+108%).

Mobile broadband access (e.g. dongles for laptops) is taking off in a number of Member States, in particular Finland (21.5 mobile broadband dedicated access lines through usb-keys/datacards/dongles per 100 citizens), Austria (16.7), Sweden (14), Denmark (13.4) and Portugal (12.1). Current mobile broadband penetration in Europe stands at 6%, a 45% increase since July 2009.

The average market share of incumbent telecoms operators in the EU fell slightly to around 44% (highest at 76% in Cyprus, 68% in Finland and 66% in Luxembourg; and lowest at 28% in Romania and the UK and 32% in Bulgaria).

The report finds that incumbent domination of broadband markets (including resale of wholesale lines) is structurally in decline to the benefit of infrastructure-based competition (basically through local loop unbundling that enables access to the network by third parties). Fully unbundled local loops and shared access lines represent 74.8% of the alternative operators' DSL, up from 71.4% one year ago. Growth in the number of unbundled local loops, although slower than last year, takes place at the expenses of resale, a type of low-investment access for new entrants, which has shrunk from 10.6% to 8.9% of DSL lines since 2009. New entrants to telecoms markets appear to have invested progressively which has helped create a more competitive broadband market.http://europa.eu

Monday, November 22, 2010

FCC Outlines Next-Generation 9-1-1

FCC Chairman Genachowski outlined the steps that the FCC will take to update the nation's 9-1-1 emergency calling system with the addition of text, photo, and video capabilities. Already, 70% of 9-1-1 calls come from mobile phones and most of these users are frequent users of SMS and picture messaging. However, most 9-1-1 call centers are not capable of receiving text, photo, video or other incoming data. Some of the benefits the FCC seeks in a next generation 9-1-1 system include:

Text for Help: Many Americans, particularly those with disabilities, rely on texting as their
primary means of communication. In some emergency situations -- especially in circumstances
where a call could further jeopardize someone's life and safety -- texting is the only way to reach
out for help. Next-Generation 9-1-1 would allow call centers to receive texts and put them to use.

Real-Time Rapid Response: Mobile video and photos provide first responders with on-the ground
information that helps them assess and address the emergency in real-time. These
technologies also help report crime as it is happening. Next-Generation 9-1-1 would expand the
multi-media capabilities of 9-1-1 call centers.

Automatic Alerting: Next-Generation 9-1-1 would enable emergency calls to be placed by
devices, rather than human beings. Examples of such devices include environmental sensors
capable of detecting chemicals, highway cameras, security cameras, alarms, personal medical
devices, telematics, and consumer electronics in automobiles.

Nlyte Raises $12 Million for Data Center Performance Management

nlyte Software, a start-up based in Menlo Park, California, received $12 million in Series C funding for its performance-based solutions for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM).

nlyte Software's DCIM solution helps data center and facilities managers optimize physical capacity including power, cooling and space. This information helps to make intelligent capacity planning decisions.

The funding round was led by NGEN Partners and included existing investors Balderton Capital, Ruffer LLP and Montalcino Holdings.

China Mobile Adds 5.2 Million Users in Oct, 52 Million in 2010

China Mobile reported its monthly customer data -- there were 5.2 million new users in October, bringing the cumulative additions for the year so far to over 52 million.

  • In August, China Mobile announced that Mr. Wang Jianzhou has stepped down as CEO of China Mobile but remains as Executive Director and Chairman of the company. Mr. Li Yue assumes the role of CEO and continues as a Director of the company. Li (age 51) joined China Mobile's Board of Directors in 2003. He previously served as Deputy Director General and Chief Engineer of Tianjin Long-Distance Telecommunications Bureau, among many other postings. Li holds a Bachelor's Degree in telephone exchange from the Correspondence College of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, a Master's Degree in business administration from Tianjin University and a doctoral degree in business administration from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Verizon: U.S. Must Update Anti-Competitive Telecom Rules

Following news reports that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski may propose that the FCC adopt new Internet management rules on its own, Verizon issued a press statement calling on Congress to address telecommunications policies that are broken.

"The grinding you hear are the gears churning as policymakers try to fit fast-changing technologies and competitive markets into regulatory boxes built for analog technologies and monopoly markets," said Tom Tauke, Verizon's executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications, in discussing the Federal Communications Commission's outdated policies. Tauke pointed out that on the issue of net neutrality, the FCC's focus was limited to how Internet service providers might degrade or block Internet traffic, and not on other sectors of the Internet marketplace where similar consumer harm could take place.

"A key reason why the FCC doesn't consider the activities of those who control operating systems or applications is that the FCC looks at the world from the standpoint of its jurisdiction rather than from the perspective of the consumer," Tauke said. "Given the outdated statute, that's somewhat understandable. But from a reasonable person's perspective, that approach makes no sense. That is why we need Congress to update the law."

Tauke laid out four components to a new policy to guide the Internet eco-system:

1. The policy should be a federal framework.

2. The framework should not involve anticipatory rulemaking, but rather principles that allow for case-by-case adjudication.

3. The test for government intervention in the marketplace should be to prevent either harm to consumers or anti-competitive activity.

4. A single federal agency should be given clear jurisdiction.

SoftAtHome and Lantiq Team on High Performance Home Gateways

SoftAtHome, a software provider of home operating platforms that help service providers deliver convergent applications to the digital home, and Lantiq are collaborating to deliver an integrated platform for advanced Home Gateways (HGW). The companies are offering a ChipSet Support Package (CSSP) that enables SoftAtHome Operating Platform (SOP) to rapidly be deployed on the latest Lantiq XWAY XRX-100 family generation. The CSSP represents a set of drivers adapted to the SoftAtHome Hardware Abstraction Layer and will be made available to Lantiq's licensees providing home gateways to service providers worldwide. It enables home gateway manufacturers to accelerate porting of SOP on their devices. Service providers can thus accelerate time-to-market for delivering advanced triple- play and digital home services to their residential customers.

Ireland's Imagine Pitches WiMAX as Cheaper Broadband

Imagine, which is deploying WiMAX across Ireland, reports that recession-hit Irish homeowners have been impressed with its fifty percent cheaper broadband and phone prices on the WiMax network, compared to other operators.

Imagine's WiMAX network now covers all of Dublin and extends from the likes of Tuam and Sligo in the west of Ireland, to Wexford in the south-east, Dundalk and Drogheda in the north-east and Youghal, Middletown and Killarney in the south-west.

"Imagine is delighted to bring Dublin residents and businesses a super-fast Internet and home phone experience at half the price of other products," said Brian O'Donohoe, Imagine's Managing Director. "Uptake among apartment dwellers has been particularly strong as it's very convenient and simple to use," he said.

Imagine's home phone "Talk Anytime" services start at only EUR20 per month, a 51 per cent saving on Eircom.

Imagine's 4G unlimited Internet plan is EUR35 per month, a 50 per cent saving on Eircom. And combination packages, which bundle phone and broadband, start from EUR30 per month, a 36 per cent saving against Eircom's prices.
  • Earlier this year, Imagine Communications Group acquired Clearwire's Irish operations. As part of the transaction, Clearwire will become a minority shareholder and will nominate a representative to Imagine's board of directors. Other specific financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Imagine gained 50mHz of spectrum when purchasing Irish Broadband in 2008, added more spectrum in a Comreg process in 2009, and with Clearwire Ireland Limited's spectrum now has over 120mHz of crucial 3.4/3.6mHz spectrum. Following the Clearwire transaction, Imagine will have nearly 400 high sites nationwide to facilitate the rapid roll out of the WiMax network.

Alcatel-Lucent Selected for Access Network by Saudi Telecom

Saudi Telecom Company, the main telecommunications carrier in Saudi Arabia, has selected Alcatel-Lucent for a large scale upgrade of its broadband access network using VDSL2 and GPON technologies.

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) platform - supporting DSL and GPON technologies and a cornerstone of Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network architecture. Next to the deployment of its 7302 ISAM with advanced voice capabilities and its 7342 ISAM FTTU, Alcatel-Lucent will also provide a comprehensive range of professional services to STC - including network design, deployment, installation, commissioning, testing and full project management support. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Brocade Posts Revenue of $550 million, up 9% Sequentially

Brocade reported quarterly revenues of $550 million, an all-time record for the company in terms of revenue, representing an increase of over nine percent quarter-over-quarter, resulting in diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.05 on a GAAP basis and $0.14 on a non-GAAP basis.

Brocade attributed the record performance to a number of factors including an all-time company high in revenue for its Ethernet business, which is composed of products and services. On a quarterly basis, Brocade also experienced strong sequential revenue growth in its storage networking business as well as solid performances from its Americas and Asia Pacific operations.

"We are pleased with our Q4 performance which drove record revenues, growth in our Ethernet business and a strong finish to fiscal 2010," said Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade. "Looking forward to FY11, we are particularly excited about Brocade's successful launch of the industry's first Ethernet fabric products and technologies, which we believe will serve as a catalyst for customers to rapidly migrate to virtualized data centers and cloud-optimized networks."http://www.brocade.com

Netflix: More Streaming than DVD Watching

Netflix announced that its members are now watching more content streamed over the Internet than on DVDs delivered by mail. The company has introduced a $7.99 streaming-only subscription plan in the United States, the first time it is promoting a 100 percent streaming option in the U.S. The company also raised prices for plans that include DVD delivery by mail.

"We are now primarily a streaming video company delivering a wide selection of TV shows and films over the Internet," said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and CEO. "Today's action reflects the tremendous customer value we've injected into streaming from Netflix, our initial success with a pure streaming service in Canada for $7.99 a month and what our U.S. members tell us they want."http://www.netflix.com

T-Systems launches "Infrastructure as a Service"

T-Systems introduced a cloud-based "Infrastructure as a Service" that allows corporate customers to purchase CPU power at short notice and on an hourly basis. The service is free for T-Systems customers during the pilot phase (November 2010 through February 2011).

T-Systems is providing access controls, data security and protection, defined Service Level Agreements, full scalability and attractive prices. All data centers, and consequently all customer data, are located in Germany, certified according to ISO standard 27001 for security and also audited by customers. Each customer's applications are logically separated and additional security precautions protect against access via the Internet.

Customers can combine other services from the T-Systems portfolio with the IaaS offering (Infrastructure as a Service). They can obtain information about the system uptime, resources used, processor and storage capacity, and costs from the customer portal.

Customers can choose from a selection of platforms in T-Systems data centers. They can simply access pre-configured systems and modify these to suit their requirements. The service is based on an x86 architecture that supports 32 Bit and 64 Bit operating systems and applications.

TerreStar Debuts its GENUS Satellite+Terrestrial Smartphone

TerreStar Networks released its "GENUS" integrated cellular-satellite smartphone. The handheld device connects to the AT&T cellular network for primary ground-based wireless connectivity, and gains satellite access connectivity through the power of TerreStar-1, the world's largest commercial communications satellite, which acts as a cell tower in the sky. It features a sleek design, internal antenna and the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. Users with a line of sight to the southern sky can gain access to expanded voice and data roaming coverage in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and in territorial waters. Multimedia features include Windows Mobile Media Player; 2.0-megapixel camera; camcorder format (H.263 simple profile); video and audio playback features and digital voice recording.

"The GENUS smartphone is ideal for adventure-seekers, skiers, boaters, hikers and anyone who lives on the edge, but still wants to stay connected," said Jeffrey W. Epstein, president and chief executive officer, TerreStar. "The GENUS provides the ultimate wireless backup capability; helping ensure users are prepared and have access to mobile communications in case of an emergency, disaster, or even an unforeseen weather condition, despite location or cellular network signal strength."http://www.terrestar.com/consumer
  • TerreStar's dual-mode smartphone was developed by EB (Elektrobit). The device features quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA capabilities. In addition to seamless satellite/terrestrial voice handovers, the smartphone is capable of SMS, MMS, IM, Email, Push to Talk and Location Based Services (LBS). Notably, TerreStar will use an all-IP core network, with services based on IMS.

  • The Terrestar-1 satellite, which was launched in July 2009, is the largest and most powerful commercial satellite to date. The hybrid satellite/terrestrial architecture ensures mobile coverage in rural areas across North America or in cases where the conventional terrestrial services become unavailable.

  • The satellite, which weighs a record 6,910 kg and was built at Space Systems/Loral's Palo Alto, California facility, operates in two 10-Mhz blocks of contiguous MSS spectrum in the 2 GHz band throughout the United States and Canada - with a spectrum footprint that covers a population of nearly 330 million. The satellite uniquely features an 18-meter deployable reflector and an S-band feed array with 500 spot beams.

Broadcom to Acquire Gigle Networks for HomePlug Chips

Broadcom agreed to acquire Gigle Networks, a privately-held company that develops system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for home networking over power lines, for $75 million in cash. Additional consideration of up to $8 million in cash will be reserved for future payment to the former holders of Gigle Networks capital stock and other rights upon satisfaction of certain performance goals.

Gigle's powerline networking technology is HomePlug AV certified and is designed to be compliant with the IEEE 1901 standard for high speed powerline communications. Gigle Networks is a member of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, an organization responsible for establishing standards and testing devices for compliance and interoperability. HomePlug AV and IEEE 1901 solutions complement other networking technologies for the connected home.

Broadcom said the acquisition will accelerate its time to market for G.hn, a new draft specification for existing-wire home networking.

"Broadcom's broadband home platforms span a wide range of segments including set-top box, broadband carrier access and wireless router. With the addition of Gigle Networks' powerline technology, and our proven ability and extensive experience in supporting the multiple methods to connect devices including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, MoCA and DLNA, Broadcom is able to offer service providers and device manufacturers a variety of ways to deploy a whole-home connected environment," said Dan Marotta, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group.
  • Gigle is based in Barcelona, Spain and was founded in 2005. The company is headed by Juan Carlos Riveiro, who previously was CTO and R&D Co-director of DS2, where he managed the R&D team.

NSN Introduces High-Performance GSM Base Station Controller

Nokia Siemens Networks introduced a new Flexi BSC (base station controller) that offers up to 80% reduction in energy consumption compared to previous models. The new Flexi BSC also provides a 40% increase in capacity and the ability to move to all-IP for communicating among the base station, base station controller and mobile switching center with two new flexible and cost-efficient transport features -- Packet Abis and A over IP. Maximum cost savings can be achieved using IP over Ethernet transport, the common transport technology for GSM, 3G and LTE.

The Flexi BSC offers a handling capacity of 4,200 transceivers and over 25,000 Erlangs in a compact and single cabinet. This implies that, with the new Flexi BSC configuration, operators can replace up to 32 existing base station controllers. With the benefits of an optical interface, fewer connections are required, which translates to reduced installation effort, faster rollout, and lower maintenance costs.

Flexi BSC also provides an evolution path to Nokia Siemens Networks' Multicontroller BSC that can be used to extend the capacity of Flexi BSC. The latest software for Flexi BSC and Transcoder TCSM3i is based on 3GPP Release 8 and the commercial deliveries are in progress.

"Higher voice capacity with fewer base station controllers reduces energy consumption, a major cost for operators, along with simplifying operations and maintenance resulting in lower OPEX," said Prashant Agnihotri, head of GSM/EDGE product management, Nokia Siemens Networks. "We are committed to driving scalable products that maximize operators' investment and provide a clear roadmap to all-IP. Whether it is greener networks, capacity, functional evolution or transmission, the new Flexi BSC is a milestone product."http://www.nsn.com

Tellabs Acquires Zeugma, Opens Vancouver Office

Tellabs has acquired intellectual property and assets from Zeugma Systems. Financial terms were not disclosed. Tellabs has also hired key Zeugma personnel and will create a new research and development office in Vancouver to focus on developing Tellabs Mobile Solutions. Tellabs Mobile Solutions add intelligence to the wireless networks, so service providers can cut costs while delivering better user experiences on the mobile Internet.

"To help our mobile customers succeed, we're adding more IP expertise to enable the smart mobile Internet," said Rob Pullen, president and CEO. "Vancouver offers a unique talent pool that can accelerate our delivery of differentiated solutions to customers. We welcome our new employees to Tellabs."http://www.tellabs.com
  • Zeugma, a start-up based in Vancouver, Canada, developed a broadband edge aggregation device designed to help broadband operators identify, monitor, manage and customize service flows traversing their networks. Zeugma integrates routing, subscriber, and service management in a single platform powered by high-performance, multi-core packet processors. The company was established in 2006.

  • The name "Zeugma" referred to an ancient city founded in 300 B.C. by Seleukos, one of Alexander the Great's generals, on the banks of the Euphrates River in Mesopotamia.

Verizon Launches "Lightning Fast" 4G LTE Commercials

Verizon Wireless launched the TV advertising campaign for its upcoming, "Lightning Fast" 4G LTE service.

The commercial continues the company's "Rule the Air" campaign with the kicker "with the most advanced 4G network in the world." The commercial confirms "Coming December 2010."

A new webpage linked to the commercial highlights the expected 5-12 Mbps of performance and shows coverage maps. Customers can also sign up to be notified of service availability in their neighborhood.


Sprint Video: Wiring Up 4G in Los Angeles: Capacity

This two minute video, produced by Sprint, highlights the 4G network rollout for Angelinos. Network launch in this market is expected in December 2010.


Huawei Appoints Former Nortel CTO as GM of North America R&D

Huawei has hired John Roese as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Huawei North America R&D. Most recently, Roese served as the Chief Technology Officer at Nortel Networks, responsible for the company's overall R&D strategy and execution, and directing research across all product portfolios. Roese has also held senior positions at Broadcom Corporation, Enterasys Networks and Cabletron. He will be based in Huawei's North America R&D headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

Tokyo Institute of Technology Picks Juniper

The Tokyo Institute of Technology has migrated its multi-site campus network to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure running Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches and Junos operating system.

'Tokyo Institute of Technology now has a state-of-the-art campus network as befits one of the world's leading science and technology universities,' said Yoichi Hosoi, vice president, of Juniper Networks, Japan. 'It is very much a showcase for the benefits of network simplification which is one of the keys to a new network. The Institute will also greatly benefit from the fact that, with the Junos operating system, all network elements are orchestrated into an integrated security architecture that dynamically applies a consistent set of policies across the network.'

Attachmate to Acquire Novell for $2.2 billion

Attachmate, which supplies network management solutions, agreed to acquire Novell for $6.10 per common share in cash -- a transaction value of approximately $2.2 billion.

Attachmate Corporation is owned by an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital and Thoma Bravo. As part of the transaction, Elliott Management Corporation, one of Novell's largest shareholders, will become an equity shareholder in Attachmate Corporation. Upon close, Attachmate Corporation will manage a brand portfolio consisting of Attachmate, NetIQ, Novell and SUSE.

"This acquisition will add significant assets to our current portfolio holdings and the Novell and SUSE brands will allow us to deliver even more value to customers," said Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO of Attachmate Corporation. "We have great respect for Novell's business, its employees and its commitment to customers. Moreover, we look forward to maintaining and further strengthening Novell and SUSE solutions to meet market demands."http://www.attachmate.com
  • Novell, which was founded in 1979, was an early leader in local area networking and the displacement of mainframe computing by PCs. The company traces its origins to the Eyring Research Institute (ERI) in Provo, Utah. Novell NetWare and its proprietary IPX protocol grew to become the dominant network operating system by early 1990s, before the market shifted to native TCP/IP.

Verizon Launches 150/35 Mbps FiOS

Verizon is launching a high-end, residential FiOS Internet service offering 150 Mbps downstream and 35 Mbps upstream. The residential service is expected to cost $200 per month with a one-year contract and be available to the more than 12.5 million homes currently passed by its fiber network.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance Appoints Board

The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance appointed its new Board Members:, elected for the period from 2010 to 2012 are:

Olivier Baujard, Chief Technology Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG

Thierry Bonhomme, Executive Vice President IT, Networks and Product Support, France Telecom - Orange

Sandro Dionisi, Head of TI Lab (Innovation and Engineering dpt), Telecom Italia S.p.A.

Jong Tae Ihm, Senior Vice President, Head of Institute of Network Technology (R&D Center), MNO Business, SK telecom Ltd.

Mitsunobu Komori, Executive Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, Member of Board of Directors, and Managing Director of R&D Center, NTT DOCOMO Inc.

Li Zhengmao, Executive Vice President, China Mobile Communications Corporation

Andy MacLeod, Director Group Networks, Vodafone Group Services

Kristin S. Rinne, Senior Vice President - Architecture & Planning, AT&T, Inc.

Bruce Rodin, Vice President Wireless Technology, Bell Canada Enterprises

Vicente San Miguel Maza, Global Chief Technology Officer, Telefónica S.A.

The vision of the NGMN Alliance is to provide a platform for innovation by moving towards one integrated network for the seamless introduction of mobile broadband services.

Frontier: Suspects Charged with Murder in Copper Theft Accident

Frontier Communications has intensified its efforts to combat copper theft. The company said it will vigorously follow up on the prosecution of vandalism and theft of its infrastructure.

Frontier cited a recently case in Beckley, West Virginia, where two suspects were charged with first degree murder after a third person was electrocuted while allegedly stealing copper at a facility. Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller said, "We hope that if the possibility of killing themselves doesn't deter people from attempting copper theft, then perhaps the knowledge that they can be charged with first degree murder if one of their associates is killed might help dissuade people from committing the crime."http://www.frontier.com

Michigan's Agri-Valley Selects BridgeWater

Michigan-based Agri-Valley Communications, a rural internet service provider ,has selected the Bridgewater EPC 500 system for its network rollout. The Bridgewater EPC 500 system provides subscriber and device data management, policy control, and interworking functions for the LTE Evolved Packet Core. It includes the Bridgewater Home Subscriber Server and Policy Controller (PCRF) both anchored by Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Last month, Nokia Siemens Network announced a contract to supply LTE gear to Agri-Valley, including its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) using Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). It will also provide its NetAct network management system to efficiently monitor, manage and optimize the operator's network. Nokia Siemens Networks' Value-Added Reseller (VAR), Avion Systems will manage installation, commissioning and integration of the solution.

FiberLight Activates $20 Million Network in Maryland

FiberLight activated a $20 million, 104-mile fully diverse fiber optic network in Maryland. The new network will augment FiberLight's existing 123-mile Baltimore network and 299-mile Virginia and D.C. networks by extending the 100% underground optical backbone past the downtown business district to connect to the growing cities of Laurel, Columbia, Elkridge and Greenbelt, while providing greater diversity to the MD/D.C./VA region.

USAID Teams with Cisco to Promote Entrepreneurship

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Cisco and World Learning announced a new collaboration to promote local entrepreneurs, workforce development and economic growth in developing countries.

USAID is providing $1 million in seed funding through World Learning to encourage the creation of new Cisco Entrepreneur Institutes and Networking Academy programs in up to 10 countries. USAID Missions will in turn be invited to partner with local Cisco offices to fund country or customized initiatives, such as curriculum enhancement, scholarships, or initiatives that target underserved populations, including youth, women and persons with disabilities. A portion of the funding also could be used to translate and localize training content to ensure it meets local business laws and regulations. The programs aims train more than 2,500 students over the next two years.

"USAID is proud to partner with Cisco and World Learning to expand local entrepreneurial activities in developing countries with the goal of alleviating poverty and promoting sustained economic growth," stated Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg, at a ceremony held at USAID to sign the partners' Memorandum of Understanding. "This alliance will help build sustainable businesses and train the business leaders of tomorrow."http://www.cisco.com